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Underbelly and New Diorama reveal winners of Untapped Edinburgh competition

Nouveau Riche will take Queens of Sheba to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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Producer Underbelly and London venue the New Diorama Theatre have announced the winners of its inaugural Untapped Edinburgh competition, for which three emerging companies will be supported to take shows to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The winners of the competition are Nouveau Riche, which will take Queens of Sheba to the festival, Breach Theatre, which will stage It’s True, It’s True, It’s True, and This Egg, which will produce Dressed.

New Diorama and Underbelly to support emerging artists at Edinburgh Fringe

Each company will be allocated a space at Edinburgh venue Underbelly, and will receive an “enhanced split” of ticket proceeds, as well as a grant of £3,000 towards the cost of producing its show.

Companies will also receive in-kind mentorship and full marketing and PR support, as well as a London showcase at New Diorama Theatre after the fringe.

New Diorama Theatre artistic director David Byrne said: “Edinburgh becomes increasingly more challenging and expensive every year, especially for the type of ensemble companies New Diorama supports. The three winners of this prize blew us away with their passion, ideas and performances. It’s a privilege to be able to help them get their stories in front of audiences at the world’s biggest arts festival.”

The three shows were chosen from a shortlist of 13 companies whittled down from 316 entries by a panel of judges from around the country.

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