NSDF PICKLES FUND
With tuition fees and student loans at an all time high, student theatre-makers from disadvantaged backgrounds are unable to access the platforms and opportunities crucial to showcasing their work, which are vital to secure a future for their talents outside education.
NDT, partnering with universities across the country, will provide the funds for up to twelve exceptional student theatre companies each year to enter National Student Drama Festival – twice the number supported in previous years.
The NSDF Pickles Fund, renewed each year, will provide each chosen group with the £98 entry fee for the festival and, if a supported group is selected, will source additional funds to help the company present their show at the Festival, which takes place each year.
This is the only grant of this kind available to students in the UK.
NSDF PICKLES FUND 2017/18
Poltergeist Theatre Company, LIGHTS OVER TESCO CARPARK
Winners: Samuel French New Play Award, Best Ensemble and a Commendation in Directing.
The Backpack Ensemble, THE SEARCH FOR A BLACK BROWED ALBATROSS
Winners: Sunday Times Award, Fest Goers Award and the Buzz Goodbody Director Award.
NSDF PICKLES FUND 2016/17
Pub Corner Poets, Hull University, SAD LITTLE MAN
Winners: Judges Commendation for Playwrighting.
NSDF PICKLES FUND 2015/16
Breach Theatre, Warwick University, THE BEANFIELD
Winners: Total Theatre Award, Best Emerging Company
NSDF PICKLES FUND 2014/15
Pub Corner Poets, Hull University, ANGRY
Winners: The Sunday Times Playwrighting Award
New Diorama provided a great deal of support, offered crucial advice & challenged us to keep pushing our work into new, better places. Without their support we wouldn't have attended National Student Drama Festival, where we won the Sunday Times Playwrighting Award, 2015. Without them this would have been a much harder journey"
Pub Corner Poets