In the midst of a weekend when every space in the Festival Theatre was occupied by dancers and choreographers who were taking part in Scottish Ballet's Dance Odysseys programme, the Herald and Times Group's managing director Tim Blott found himself co-opted into an acrobatic Fringe routine, clad in a red ra-ra skirt and a blonde wig,
Performing a section of their winning show from The Famous Spiegeltent, although wearing rather more clothes than they do there, America's Wau-Wau Sisters randomly selected the MD as one of their participating victims. Mr Blott's Fringe debut received a five-star reception from the assembled crowd.
The Wau-Wau's musical comedy tumbling and trapeze show, As Naked As The Day We Were Born Again, was just one of the impressively physical shows to receive an Angel from our guest presenter, keyboard wizard and raconteur Rick Wakeman.
The seven-strong troupe from Circa, who are performing Wunderkammer in the McEwan Hall as part of the Underbelly programme, also received an Angel for ther gravity-defying and beautifully choreographed work.
Following last week's Angel for One Step Before The Fall, a second second show in the Czech dance programme at Zoo was recogised when Mirenka Cechova collected an Angel for her solo, video-accompanied, exploration of trans-sexuality, S/he Is Nancy Joe.
From the International Festival programme, Patti Smith was recognised for her contribution to The Poet Speaks with Philip Glass at the Playhouse, in which she made memorable connections between her own work and that of Allen Ginsberg as well as work of Edinburgh native Robert Louis Stevenson. The award was collected on her behalf by a Scots friend, Mike Dougall, who had taken her on a tour of RLS haunts in the capital in preparation for the show.
An Angel for the young Chiaroscuro Stringe Quartet, led by violinist Alina Ibragimova, was collected for them by the EIF Sponsorship and Development Director Christopher Wynn, as the group's tour had taken them to Hungary. He read a statement from the band in which they said: "It was a unique experience to be part of this huge variety of art happening literally on every street corner in Edinburgh during the Festival. We felt there was a truly positive atmosphere - the whole city seemed to be buzzing."
The first Archangel of 2013, presented for a sustained contribution over the years, was awarded to New York's Wooster Group, who this year brought a multimedia version of Hamlet that married live performance with film footage of John Gielgud's 1964 Broadway production starring Richard Burton as the Prince of Denmark. It was received by company manager Sandy Garner, who relayed a promise from director Elizabeth LeCompte that the loyal enthusiasts for the Wooster's work could look forward to many future visits by the company.
Our Little Devil winner, for proving that the show must go on, was another New Yorker, Lea McGowan, whose show Now Leasing at C Nova also calls for audience participation, but who was abandoned by her huffy conscripts halfway through the show our critic Rob Adams saw, leaving her to swiftly improvise an alternative strategy.