Edinburgh Untapped Award

For the past two years August just hasn't been the same.

We’ve missed seeking out the most exciting new shows and breaking ground with them at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Well, bore no more! New Diorama and Underbelly’s Untapped Award is back for 2022 to support new and established theatre companies like never before. We’re teaming up with Methuen Drama to supercharge the offer, making Untapped a genuinely game-changing opportunity.

We're on a nationwide search for the best early- and mid-career theatre companies who want to perform at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe.

What's On Offer?

An Excellent Venue Deal
A great venue & time for each show, plus an enhanced 65/35 box office split with no venue deposit or guarantee.

Cash Investment & Rehearsal Space
Each Untapped company gets £5,000 in cash towards travel and accommodation, plus an offer of free rehearsal space at our NDT Broadgate venue (subject to dates and availability).

Press & Marketing
PR gurus Borkowski will run campaigns for all shows. Underbelly will provide access to their flyering team for all groups and outdoor poster boards. And every company will get a show image created by NDT’s graphic artist mastermind, Guy J Sanders.

New for 2022, each company has the option to have their production published by Methuen Drama including a separate commission fee and agreement beyond the award.

All Untapped shows will receive relaxed and fully-funded captioned performances at the Festival.


UPDATE: The 2022 shortlist is as follows:

1. Surfacing - Asylum
2. Blanket Ban - Chalk Line Theatre
3. Caligari - ChewBoy Productions 
4. Who’s In The Room? - demo theatre collective 
5. My Grandma’s A Walrus - Dirty Mango
6. HEN - Dynamic Menace
7. Finding Percy Erebus - Elephant Talk Theatre
8. Ghosts of the Near Future - emma + pj
9. Move Fast and Break Things - Freight Theatre
10. DINK - Little but Fierce
11. A Shanty For An Atomic Town - Obscura Theatre
12. WILD ONION - Orange Skies Theatre
13. Whisky, Eggs & Lemonade - Ragged Trouser Theatre
14. Pepi and Me - Sason
15. HEXENHAMMER - Secretariat

The shortlisting process: 
Every year, UK arts professionals help us shortlist applications - giving us insight in their networks and regions. Alongside the New Diorama, Underbelly and Methuen Drama teams, our Untapped Shortlisting Team for 2022 was:

Ali Prichard, Alphabetti Theatre
Claire Symonds, Capital Theatres
Dominic GarfieldHighRise Theatre
Emily Davis, Farnham Maltings
Jodie Gilliam, Shubbak
Joe Sellman-LeavaWorklight Theatre
Nikhil Vyas, Freelance Theatre-Maker
Nikita Karia, Bush Theatre
Sam DunstanFreelance Theatre-Maker
Sarah Jordan VergheseNouveau Riche
Yolanda Mercy, Freelance Theatre-Maker

Final Selection

All applicants need to be available to attend an in-person session at NDT Broadgate in London on Sunday 3rd April to show us a short rehearsal room extract of your work. All groups attending will be paid £200 each for their participation, and we'll cover travel for those groups coming from outside of London. On this final selection day you will be supported by:

Lesley Cobbina, Arts Project Assistant, New Diorama
Tsipora St.Clair Knights, Arts Project Assistant, New Diorama

And the final selection panel will consist of:

David Byrne, Artistic Director, New Diorama
Aisling Galligan, Festival Programmer, Underbelly
Shankho Chaudhuri, Staff Associate Designer, New Diorama
Gregor Cubie, Head of Strategy & Planning, Borkowski
Serena Grasso, Commissioning Editor, Plays, Methuen Drama

Reserved Space

We're committing that half the Untapped 2022 companies will come from backgrounds currently under-represented in our programme, and within the wider theatre industry.

Therefore we are reserving space especially for Black, East Asian & South Asian led work, artists from the global majority, low socio-economic class backgrounds, and for disabled or D/deaf led shows.