The Untapped Award was conceived to support early-mid career companies looking to bring ambitious ensemble work to the Edinburgh Fringe, and over the past two years has grown to become one of the most prestigious, comprehensive and successful Awards to support new theatre work in the UK.
The New Diorama Theatre always worked to make the Untapped Award the best possible offer for early-mid career companies and Oberon Books coming on board takes the award to the next level. The new partnership will give the award recipients the automatic opportunity, for the first time, to have their playtexts published by Oberon Books with a commission fee and agreement beyond the award prize, while the initial prize money increase to an unprecedented £4,500 per show.
Beyond this the Untapped Award by Underbelly, New Diorama Theatre and Oberon Books will select three shows for a run in a prime Underbelly venue slot at the 2020 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a favourable box office split, followed by a transfer to New Diorama Theatre in London with a separate guarantee, as well as full press and marketing support and mentorship throughout.
15 January 2020, with the shortlist announced later that month.