Applications for the Untapped Award 2022 are now open.

The Untapped Award is back for 2022!

In partnership with New Diorama Theatre and Methuen Drama, we are undertaking a nationwide search to find some the best early or mid-career theatre companies who want to present work at the Edinburgh Fringe.


What’s on Offer?

An Excellent Venue Deal
A great venue & time for each show with Underbelly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Cash Investment & Rehearsal Space
Each Untapped company gets £5,000 in cash towards travel and accommodation, plus an offer of free rehearsal space at New Diorama Theatre Broadgate venue (subject to dates and availability).

Press & Marketing
A leading UK press agency will run campaigns for all shows. Underbelly will give marketing support and you will have access to our flyering team and outdoor poster boards across all our sites and every company will work with a graphic designer to make their show’s poster and flyer.

New for 2022, each company has the option to have their production published by Methuen Drama including a separate commission fee and agreement beyond the award.

All Untapped shows will receive relaxed and fully-funded captioned performances at the Festival.


What We’re Looking For

To be eligible for the Untapped Award 2022, we’re looking for:

  • Theatre companies from anywhere in the UK, wanting to showcase work at the Edinburgh Fringe 2022.
  • Productions that have at least two performers on stage.
  •  Groups that are available to attend the in-person rehearsal showcase on Sunday 3rd April 2022.

Untapped is not open to Comedy and Improv troupes, or Solo performers. You can read the Untapped Award FAQs here for more info. 


Apply Now

The deadline for applications is 10am, Monday 14th March 2022.

Apply Now via the New Diorama Theatre website.

You can download a list of the application questions here.