At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2008 the cast and crew of ‘Eight’ were awarded The Carol Tambor ‘Best of Edinburgh’ Award, an award given to only one of the thousands of shows across the festival. This award offered an all expenses paid two week run at New York’s PS122.
The New York debut of ‘Eight’ coincided with New York’s two largest off‐Broadway festivals – The Under The Radar Festival; a showcase of new international work held at The Public Theatre and The COIL Festival – held at ‘Eight’s own venue PS122.
‘Eight’ was hugely successful stateside, selling out its full run. Critical acclaim soon followed the story told by the numbers of bums on seats ‐ ‘Ms. Hickson, 23, has already found her voice — and it’s a powerful one; a potent show indeed’ (The New York Times)
The Carol Tambor Award is a brilliant and necessary institution. It is indisputable that in the arts world a show’s success can owe as much to serendipity as it is does to talent, and in the current climate those lucky breaks are getting harder to find. The Carol Tambor Award gives someone a chance and those chances are invaluable, long may it continue.
As a result of its New York run, ‘Eight’ will be transferring to Florida to take part in The Ringling Festival in September 09.