Currently running at the Pleasance, ‘Bobby & Amy‘ has won a prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award. Having won a Fringe First with her previous work Rainbow, Emily Jenkins’ powerful new play is a dark comedy about friendship, heartache and the repercussions of foot-and-mouth disease, which asks what happens when our way of life is threatened by those who don’t understand it.
You may recall we met writer and director of ‘Bobby and Amy’ Emily Jenkins back in June who talked about the inspiration for the play and how the impact the foot and mouth crisis is still being felt today – click here for the interview.
A thrilled Emily Jenkins said, “I am over-the-moon that Bobby & Amy has won such a prestigious award. It means so much that Edinburgh audiences have reacted so positively to the story we are telling. Rural communities and agriculture are a vital part of our society and I just hope that in winning this award we can start a discussion about how much they contribute. This has been an absolutely joyful process from start to finish and I feel so fortunate to have been surrounded by such a talented and passionate all-female creative team led by the show’s producer Emma Blackman. Not to mention how in awe I am of actors Will Howard and Kimberly Jarvis who play Bobby and Amy; without their extraordinary talent and dedication this show wouldn’t be what is. This has been such a team effort and I am so grateful to everyone involved.“
Anthony Alderson, director of Pleasance added, “I’m so glad that The Scotsman have recognised Emily Jenkins’ excellent writing with this important Fringe First. There’s not been a dry eye in the house after performances of Bobby & Amy which is a testament to the emotional landscape conjured by this beautiful writing.“
A hearty congratulations to Emily and the Bobby and Amy team from everyone at the EFC!