Untapped

Applications for Untapped 2020 are now closed.

In partnership with New Diorama Theatre and Oberon Books, we are undertaking a nationwide search to find three of the best early or mid-career theatre companies who want to present work at the Edinburgh Fringe.

What's on Offer?

  • A prime slot at an Underbelly venue during Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • A great deal with a favourable box office split and no venue deposit or guarantee.
  • A transfer to New Diorama Theatre following the Fringe
  • A cash investment of £4,500 towards company travel, accommodation and expenses. 
  • Marketing support from an experienced team, including flyering support from the Underbelly street team, outdoor poster boards and production photography
  • A press campaign with an excellent PR company
  • An option to have the production published by Oberon Books, including a separate commission fee and agreement beyond the award. 

Who is Eligible?

  • The Untapped Award is open to Theatre Companies only.
  • Companies must have at least two performers in their production. 
  • The award is not open to Comedy and Improv troupes, or Solo performers. 

Underbelly and New Diorama Theatre are excited to announce a new partnership with Oberon Books for the Untapped Award.

Underbelly and New Diorama supported the following companies for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019:

Poltergeist Theatre Company, Barrel Organ and Burnt Lemon.

Underbelly and New Diorama supported the following companies for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018:

ThisEgg, Nouveau Riche and Breach Theatre. 

Underbelly is proud to have supported the following shows through past schemes:

2017: Prom Kween (Áine Flanagan Productions), Quarter Life Crisis (Yolanda Mercy and Gemma Lloyd), This Really Is Too Much (Gracefool Collective)

2016: Blush by Charlotte Josephine, Be Prepared by Ian Bonar, JOAN by Lucy J Skilbeck, Nicole Henriksen is Makin it Rain by Nicole Henriksen