Critic enjoys rave reviews following frantic Fringe

Liam Blain
Liam Blain

A Darnick theatre critic and director has received a special commendation from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society for his reviews for the British Theatre Guide.

Liam Blain, 21, missed out on the Allen Wright Award, the only official award handed out by the Fringe Society, by just half a point, and was awarded the special commendation along with the critic who inspired him, Matt Trueman.

The award is for reviewers under 30 and was established 16 years ago as a tribute to the former arts editor of The Scotman.

Liam said: “I had reviewed around 28 shows and then got asked if I wanted to submit work for the award, so I put in three reviews and just left it at that.”

It was not the only success for Liam at this year’s Fringe, however. His play, Frozen at the Fringe, was awarded four stars, but, combined with his reviews, it meant August was hectic.

“We had the shows in the morning and once they were done I started reviewing, usually doing two or three a day,” said Liam.

His theatre company, Out of Towners, have also been asked to take their production from last year’s Fringe, about cyberbullying, to Glasgow for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival next month.