Underbelly and New Diorama’s Untapped Award, which supports ensemble work at the Edinburgh Fringe, has announced a new partnership with publishers Oberon Books.
Under the partnership, Oberon will publish the the winning play texts, with a commission fee, while the prize money will also increase to £4,500 per show.
The publisher described itself as a staunch supporter of new writing and devised theatre, and said it was thrilled to join Underbelly and the New Diorama as partners on the prize.
The Untapped Award has now run for two years, with previous winners including Breach Theatre’s It’s True, It’s True, It’s True, This Egg’s Dressed and Queens of Sheba by Nouveau Riche.
The initiative supports early and mid-career companies taking ensemble work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and each year selects three shows to run at Underbelly venues at the fringe, followed by a transfer to the New Diorama Theatre in London.
Underbelly head of programming Marina Dixon: “We are absolutely delighted that Oberon have decided to partner on the Untapped Award alongside Underbelly and NDT. Underbelly has always been committed to supporting and developing new work at the fringe and the Untapped Award plays a crucial part in achieving this.
“This additional support from Oberon further enhances the Untapped Award’s standing as one of the best offers available to theatre companies wanting to present their work at the fringe, allowing new productions to be achieved at the highest level.”
Applications for the 2020 award open on November 28, and close on January 15, with the shortlist announced later in January.