Adelaide cabaret rising star wins $10,000 Made in Adelaide Award

Adelaide cabaret performer Anya Anastasia has won the 2018 Made in Adelaide Award for her show The Executioners.

Announced at last night’s Adelaide Fringe Awards, the award from Arts South Australia comes with a $10,000 cash prize to support the presentation of The Executioners at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

One of two shows written, performed and presented by Ms Anastasia at this year’s Adelaide Fringe, The Executioners is a new contemporary cabaret blending original songs and storytelling.

The judging panel said The Executioners, which premiered here, was an impressive new show from an emerging cabaret star which had been very well-received by both critics and audiences.

A performer at the last nine Adelaide Fringes, Ms Anastasia has presented works at festivals in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and was a finalist for the inaugural 2017 Made in Adelaide Award with her show Rogue Romantic.

Last year’s inaugural Made in Adelaide Award winner, Adelaide actor and producer Joanne Hartstone, has gone on to international success with her show The Girl Who Jumped off the Hollywood Sign, with critically acclaimed seasons in Edinburgh, New York and at the Hollywood Fringe in Los Angeles. Her new show That Daring Australian Girl premiered at this year’s Adelaide Fringe.

"It’s wonderful to be able to reward and support dedicated local artists through Arts South Australia’s Made in Adelaide program, and to see them achieve success on the world stage via Edinburgh each year," said Arts South Australia Executive Director, Peter Louca. 

"Made in Adelaide and the Award are not only a fantastic way of supporting local talent, but they help cement Adelaide’s reputation as Australia’s festival city, and as an internationally recognised global arts and cultural epicentre.

"I congratulate Anya Anastasia on receiving this year’s Made in Adelaide Award and becoming our 2018 Made in Adelaide ambassador, a fitting follow-up to her being a finalist in 2017. I look forward to seeing her star rise even further in Edinburgh this year."

South Australian artists, companies and producers taking shows to the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe still have the chance to apply for a Made in Adelaide grant to help with the costs associated with presenting their work.

Artists Top-Up Grants of $3000 for individuals and $6000 for groups are available, as are Producers and Presenters Grants of up to $5000.

Applications for the Artists Top-Up grants close at 9.00am Tuesday April 3, while applications for the Producers and Presenters Grants close 9.00am on Monday, April 30.

An initiative of Arts South Australia, Made in Adelaide showcases the work of South Australian artists at the Edinburgh Fringe, putting a spotlight on our creatives, presenters, producers and companies in the heart of the international festivals circuit.

Now in its third year, Made in Adelaide provides a recognisable brand for South Australian cultural exports, allowing delegates to increase their international profile, network with key industry members and secure international tour bookings, co-productions and festival invitations.

Introduced in 2017, the Made in Adelaide Award aims to help locally-based artists or companies who are already planning to present their work at the Edinburgh Fringe.

It is open to any South Australian act on the Adelaide Fringe program that is considering taking tour-ready work to Edinburgh, and is judged by a panel of arts industry peers on the lookout for quality, creativity and ambition.

The winner receives $10,000 as well as marketing support through the Made in Adelaide program guide and website.

For more information on the grants and how to apply, click here.