Underbelly Untapped

What is Underbelly Untapped?

Underbelly Untapped ran for the first time in 2016, when Underbelly selected 4 fantastic pieces of new writing to support. As part of this programme, Underbelly offer selected companies support, advice and mentoring to help present, produce, promote and market their shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the most successful way. 

The Underbelly Untapped 2017’s shows were:

Prom Kween presented by Áine Flanagan Productions 
From the producers of the five-star hits Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho, How to Win Against History and Dizney Rascal, Prom Kween is a coming of age satire for those who hit that age years ago. A musical for any kid who took their glasses off and still didn't look pretty. Any kid who questioned what it meant to be beautiful. It's a story of falling in love with who you are. Think Grease meets Drag Race meets a Trump rally with sequins. Lots of sequins. Proudly part of the Underbelly Untapped season


Quarter Life Crisis presented by Yolanda Mercy and Gemma Lloyd 
Alicia is a hot mess. She doesn't know what she's doing with her life. Swiping left, swiping right to find the perfect match. Even though she's a Londoner, born and bred, the scent of Lagos peppers her existence in the ends. Everyone around her seems to know where they're going in life, but she's trying to find ways to cheat growing up and keep her 16-25 railcard. What does it mean to be an adult, and when do you become one? Quarter Life Crisis mixes addictive basslines, spoken word and audience participation. Part of the Underbelly Untapped season.

This Really Is Too Much presented by Gracefool Collective 
Raucous, provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, this genre-busting performance reveals the downright absurd realities of life as a three-dimensional, high definition, water-drinking, salad-eating wo-man in modern society. 'Gleefully compelling' (ExeuntMagazine.com), slickly choreographed and dripping with feminist charm and anarchic wit. Gracefool combine dancing with dark comedy to delve into a world of farcical stereotypes and preposterous power struggles, wrestling with gender, identity and social convention. An outlandish and wildly entertaining medley of absurd political speeches, talent contests and box ticking. 

2016’s shows were:

- Blush by Charlotte Josephine (Winner: The Stage Edinburgh Award)
- Be Prepared by Ian Bonar
- JOAN by Lucy J Skilbeck (Winner: Scotsman Fringe First Award, The Stage Edinburgh Award, Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe)
- Nicole Henriksen is Makin it Rain by Nicole Henriksen

Award Criteria

We are looking for innovative pieces of new writing, usually focusing on shows that fall into the theatre section of the Fringe brochure. 

What we offer

A favourable venue rental deal
Extra marketing support, including an Underbelly Untapped flyer, sharing any favourable rates Underbelly have access to, or free if part of a media partnership.
A mention in Underbelly's intro double page spread in the Joint Venue Brochure at no cost.

Support from our marketing department, including them passing on any good opportunities they may hear of.
Bearing of any marketing costs up front by Underbelly, with costs deducted from your settlement at the end of the Fringe.

A technical operator for your show at no charge (usual cost £20+ vat per show)

To register your interest in being part of the Untapped programme, just indicate this on your application form here.

Any further questions, please contact Marina or Vikki.