With tuition-fees and student loans at an all time-high, many student theatre-makers from disadvantaged backgrounds are unable to access the platforms and opportunities crucial to showcasing their work and skills, and which are vital if they are to secure a future for their talents outside of education.

New Diorama, partnering with universities across the country, will provide the funds for up to six talented student theatre companies each year to enter National Student Drama Festival.

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 in Scarborough.

This is the only grant of this kind available to students in the UK.

Pub Corner Poets, Hull University, ANGRY
Winners: The Sunday Times Playwrighting Award

Breach TheatreWarwick University, THE BEANFIELD
Winners: Total Theatre Award, Best Emerging Company


"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