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After over 50,000 performances in hundreds of venues across August, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has come to a close.

A whole range of awards have been given out over the course of the Fringe, ranging from The Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards to the The Asian Arts Awards.

Prison drama Key Change picked up the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award.

Writer and Artistic Director Catrina McHugh said: “We thought long and hard about taking Key Change to the Edinburgh Fringe; it’s our first time, the cost huge and risks many.

“The response has been overwhelming and never in a million years did we think we could win such a prestigious award that has the potential to propel the company to such giddy heights.

“We are ecstatic, and aware we have been given a fantastic opportunity that will mean we won’t just reach a national audience but an international one.

“The success of this project is down to the collaboration with women from Low Newton prison and I would like to dedicate this award to each and every woman who put their trust in us to tell their stories.”

The Brighton Fringe also gave out an award for Excellence, which was given to Police Cops.

The Euan’s Guide Accessible Fringe Award went to the production of The Solid Life of Sugar Water at the Pleasance.

Richard Matthews, from Graeae who produced the show, said: “It was brilliant to have been nominated, and then to have won the Euan’s Guide Accessible Fringe Award.

“Creative theatre access is something we’ve always been passionate about, so being recognised for that is wonderful, and hopefully will also help highlight approaches to theatre access.”

The first Total Theatre Awards for circus went to B-Orders and Smoke and Mirrors. 

In the comedy sections, the Amused Moose Award went to Richard Gadd for his show Waiting for Gaddot, and Sam Simmons won the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award for Spagetti.

Best joke of the Fringe went to Darren Walsh for his joke: “I just deleted all the German names off my phone. It’s Hans free.”

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe ran from August 7 to 31. For a full list of all the award winners, click here.