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The Holden Street Theatres' Adelaide Fringe Award

The Holden Street Theatres' Adelaide Fringe Award has been offered since 2015 to South Australian artists at the Adelaide Fringe. This award seeks to help local artists develop their work by offering free rental at Holden Street throughout the year for a total of four weeks. This can be used for project development or performance, including during the following HST Fringe program.

Our support of Artists is made possible through the generosity of Arts South Australia, Holden Street Sponsors, Donors and Volunteers. All ticket fees and profits return to make theatre possible. Thank you. Martha and the HST Team

Current Winner


The 2023 HST Fringe Award goes to Hannah Smith for her show Bimbo. We can't wait to see what they bring us in 2024!

Previous Winners


The 2022 HST Fringe Award goes to Stephanie Daughtry & Matthew Barker for their show The Fish Bowl.


Taylor Nobes and her team Too Dumb Blondes used the 2022 HST Adelaide Fringe Award to develop their show, then they presented DOES IT PLEASE YOU? - The Final Saga at the 2022 Adelaide Fringe.



In 2020 Holden Street Theatres awarded two winners, starheART Theatre for their production Dirty People and Millicent Sarre for her show Friendly Feminism for the Mild Mannered. Due to Covid-19 developments and restrictions dates have been pushed back but they will still be able to use their award, keep an eye out for what these emerging talents have on offer.


Josh Belperio from 30,000 Notes

Josh Belperio was the 2019 winner of the HST Adelaide Fringe Award for the production, 30,000 Notes. In 2020 Josh Belperio, brought his intimate cabaret Right Here, Right Now to HST for the Adelaide Fringe.


CCtheatreCo. winning the HST Adelaide Fringe Award at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Awards Night

South Australian theatre troupe CCtheatreCo. were the winners of the 2018 HST Adelaide Fringe Award for their show, Abandon Ship!. With their award, CCtheatreCo. chose to perform their show Bloodbank at Holden Street in October 2018, before returning in 2019 to the HST Adelaide Fringe program with a brand new show, Which-Craft?.


Joanne Hartstone winning the HST Adelaide Fringe Award at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Awards Night

Joanne Hartstone won the HST Adelaide Fringe Award for her musical theatre production, The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign, in 2017. Using her award, Joanne presented her award-winning show That Daring Australian Girl in Holden Street's 2018 Fringe Program. Joanne also went performed in Edinburgh Fringe and Hollywood Fringe, before returning to Adelaide Fringe 2019 to produce the Noel Lothian Hall venue.


Kyron Weetra and Josh Mensch from Gobsmacked Theatre in Once Were Pirates

Gobsmacked Theatre were the recipients of the 2016 HST Adelaide Fringe Award for their performance of Dropped by Katie Warner. Gobsmacked Theatre used their award to develop and rehearse Once Were Pirates, which was toured to the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe before making its way to Holden Street for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe program.


Waxing Lyrical were the first ever winners of our HST Adelaide Fringe Award in 2015. They used their award to book in theatre space to develop their latest project.


Did you know we also offer the Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award?

We aim to bring the best theatre the world has to offer back to Adelaide every year.

Take a look at our past winners and award criteria!


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