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Barrel Organ, Burnt Lemon and Poltergeist win Edinburgh Untapped Award 2019

Poltergeists Art Heist is one of the recipients of the 2019 Untapped Award
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Theatre companies Barrel Organ, Burnt Lemon and Poltergeist have won this year’s Untapped Award, for which they win a full Edinburgh Fringe run.

The award, given by the New Diorama Theatre and Underbelly, supports early and mid-career theatre companies to take shows to the annual festival.

Barrel Organ will present Conspiracy, a new show inspired by the lives of conspiracy theorists at this year’s fringe. It runs alongside Tokyo Rose, a new production by Burnt Lemon, based on the life of Iva Toguri D’Aquino, who was falsely jailed as a war propagandist after the Second World War.

Poltergeist, which was shortlisted for last year’s Untapped award will stage Art Heist, a satirical depiction of a gallery theft.

The three shows were chosen from a 13-strong shortlist, and more than 198 applications.

They will each be given a space at Underbelly and an “enhanced split of ticket proceeds”, as well as a grant of £3,000 towards the cost of producing their show. The companies will also receive in-kind mentorship, marketing and PR support and a showcase at London’s New Diorama after the fringe.

It is the second year the New Diorama and Underbelly have jointly presented the award, which last year was awarded to Breach Theatre’s It’s True, It’s True, It’s True, Nouveau Riche’s Queens of Sheba and Dressed by ThisEgg.

New Diorama artistic director David Byrne said: “It’s getting harder every year for theatre companies and ensemble-led work to showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Thanks to the incredible applications we received, New Diorama’s partnership with Underbelly, supported by the brilliant Arts Council England, will, yet again, be some of the best work presented at the festival. I can’t wait to start sharing these brilliant shows with audiences.”

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