Edinburgh Untapped

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is a vital showcase and opportunity for artists, however, every year, it becomes more difficult for early and mid-career artists to take their work to the Fringe – especially groups who aren’t presenting solo shows.

Untapped, presented by New Diorama and Underbelly, is the most ambitious opportunity on offer to take exceptional work to the Edinburgh Festival. 

We're undertaking a nationwide search to find three of the best early-career, and more established mid-career, theatre companies who want to present work at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Applications for Untapped Award 2019 are now closed

Please take time to read the FAQs about the award at the bottom of this page before applying to make sure you are eligible. 

How It Works

The Best Early & Mid-Career Companies

After a nationwide search among the best early-career, and more established mid-career, companies, we select three groups. 

An Incredible Deal & Venue

Working with Underbelly, we’ll secure a great venue & time for each show, with each company receiving an enhanced 65/35 box offce split with no venue deposit or guarantee. .  

A Cash Investment

As well as a great slot at Underbelly, companies will receive £3,000 in cash towards their travel and accommodation. 

Press, Marketing & Access

New Diorama and Underbelly will provide free press and marketing support, seven hours of festival flyering each day for all groups, outdoor poster boards and production photography. 


How To Apply

Applications for the 2019 NDT/Underbelly Untapped Award are now closed. Please check back for annoucements of the Untapped Award for 2020.

To download all of this information in a handy PDF, please click here

Who is Eligible?

The Untapped Award is open to Theatre Companies only. Companies must have at least two performers in their production. 

The award is not open to Comedy and Improv troupes, or Solo performers.