Edinburgh Award

Edinburgh Award 2016


GOGGLES by ThisEgg


Acting | Afolabi Alli - STILL HERE
Acting | James D Kent - THE HOURS BEFORE WE WAKE
Acting | Scott Lyons - YOKES NIGHT
Acting | Grace Vance - ZERO
Acting | Zoe Forrester - YOKES NIGHT
Acting | Maisie Newman - THE HOURS BEFORE WE WAKE
Acting| Kathleen Fitzpatrick Milton - THE HOURS BEFORE WE WAKE

Ensemble Performance | LINES Company

Directing | Sarah Bradley - STILL HERE
Directing| Sam George - THE MURDERER

Musical Comedy | Triple Entendre

Puppetry | Toyland Murders

Writing | Scott Lyons - YOKES NIGHT
Writing | Ian Horgan - LINES

Design | Natasha Mortimer and Anna Orton - STILL HERE 

Composition | Jac Baylis - STILL HERE
Sound Design | Rowan Evans - THE HOURS BEFORE WE WAKE


GOGGLES by ThisEgg
LINES by Pangean Productions
STILL HERE by Theatre for Justice
THE MURDERER by Clown Funeral
YOKES NIGHT by Stay Up Late Collective

Please note the applications deadline has now passed.

The Award:

NSDF will be back at the Fringe for the tenth year running with our Edinburgh Award!

We’re looking to find the outstanding new production from an emerging company at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in association with Pleasance Theatres. The prize is £500 and a run at Pleasance Theatre, London in the week beginning 28th November with no rental or technical costs and a 70/30 share of box office.

Your production must be brand new – new writing, new devised theatre, a new adaptation or innovative reworking of a film or a play.

We are doing things a little differently this year…

We aim to support ambitious young companies by offering feedback to shortlisted companies, as well as the chance of winning a London showcase.

This year, we're seeing shows based on the strength and relevance of applications.

If your application is successful, we’ll send a member of the NSDF team to see your show. They will then feedback to us, and a shortlist will be made.  Those on the shortlist will receive a session of feedback with one of our team.

The shortlist will then be reassessed, and a winner chosen from this pool.

We will announce the winner at an awards ceremony week commencing 15th August – allowing the winning company to use the NSDF Award as part of their marketing campaign for the remainder of the Festival.

How to apply

1) Tell us who you are, why you’re doing the Fringe, and what your future plans are for the show and your company.
(No more than 150 words)

We’ll also need to know the information below. Be as thorough as you can, and make sure to tell us any dates the show won’t be playing.

Email address:
Contact number:
Company name:
Venue number:
Website / twitter account:

Email [email protected] by 24th July to be considered. Entries will be assessed based on merit, and suitability for the award and transfer. Unfortunately, we will be unable to see all entered shows.

1) Shows must be running for weeks 1 and 2 of the Fringe for us to see them and week 3 to get the benefit of the Award publicity.
2) Companies must available for the week of 7th November and be willing and able to transfer the show to London, in association with NSDF and The Pleasance.
Please note that the costs of travel and accommodation in London and any associated costs eg: transport of set will be your cost.
3) All members of your company must be between 16 and 25 years old.

The winners of our Award since 2012:


Kiss Me'  |  Sunday's Child Theatre Company  |  www.sundaysctheatre.co.uk


Play For September  |  Lost Watch Theatre Company  |  www.lostwatchtheatre.co.uk

League of St George  |  Bricks and Mortar Theatre  |  www.bmtheatre.moonfruit.com


The Bastard Queen  |  Naughty Corner Productions  |  www.naughtycp.wordpress.com

Kate  |  Lost Watch Theatre Company  |  www.lostwatchtheatre.co.uk


E15 | LUNG | www.lungtheatre.co.uk

Departures: A Song Cycle | Bunce and Malone | verismotheatre.bandcamp.com