Winners of the Edinburgh Untapped Award

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A surreal image featuring a soldier wearing a Soviet-era uniform and hat. His face is divided into three sections, each revealing a different face within. In the background, an American flag is overlaid with the Soviet hammer and sickle symbol.
The Mosinee Project (Counterfactual)

This years three winning companies announced

Underbelly, New Diorama Theatre and Concord Theatricals are thrilled to announce this year’s winners for the hit-making Edinburgh Untapped Award - designed to support and discover theatre makers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The three winning companies who will receive a £10,000 cash grant to support their show in Edinburgh are, Counterfactual, piss / Carnation and Our Day. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

Over the years, the Edinburgh Untapped Award has become a major launchpad, nationally recognised for its success in identifying and platforming brilliant new talent with winners going on to embark on successful tours, show transfers, securing international opportunities and win awards!

These three companies will each take their shows to this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as receiving a package of paid-for PR and marketing support, an enhanced venue programming deal from Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe, and publication by Concord Theatricals under their UK imprint Samuel French Ltd. The expanded package directly responds to the challenges experienced across the festival by marginalised and under-represented artists attending the festival.

Counterfactual, a company founded in London and headed up by Nikhil Vyas and Jessie Anand, will present The Mosinee Project which sees paranoia and politics collide in this stranger than fiction Cold War drama.

The critically acclaimed and award-winning piss / Carnation dance between performance art, alt-comedy and theatre. Performers Laurie Ward and Charli Cowgill present Ugly Sisters as their latest offering: a brutal ritual for a new kind of sisterhood forged from sleepover confessions, smashed toilets, and the death of Germaine Greer.* (*Germaine Greer was not harmed in the making of this show).

Having premiered at Omnibus Theatre to critical acclaim, Our Day’s DRUM, from founder Jacob Roberts-Mensah is a joyful and poignant play fusing storytelling, music and dance, capturing a unique snapshot of the swinging sixties inspired by real events.


DRUM (Our Day) Aug 1st - 25th August; (no performances 12th & 19th)

Venue: Iron Belly, Underbelly Cowgate; BOOK HERE

Ugly Sisters (piss / Carnation) Aug 1st - 25th August; (no performances 12th &19th)

Venue: Big Belly, Underbelly Cowgate; BOOK HERE

The Mosinee Project (Counterfactual) Aug 1st - 25th August; (no performances 12th & 19th)

Venue: Big Belly, Underbelly Cowgate; BOOK HERE