Edinburgh Untapped Award 2024 - Winners

Winners announced for 2024 Edinburgh Untapped Award

The Edinburgh Untapped Award has announced winners for 2024, supporting theatre makers to take shows to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The awards are supported by Underbelly, London’s New Diorama Theatre and Concord Theatricals.

Winners receive £10,000 each, plus a performance slot at an Underbelly venue during the fringe, a package of paid-for PR and marketing support, and a number of other benefits.

The winning theatre companies are Counterfactual led by Nikhil Vyas and Jessie Anand, with their drama The Mosinee Project; piss / CARNATION performance art, theatre and comedy company, with Ugly Sisters performed by Laurie Ward and Charli Cowgill; and Our Day with new play Drum by Jacob Roberts-Mensah.

piss / Carnation said in a statement: “We are beyond thrilled to be recipients of the Untapped award this year alongside some really amazing companies. I mean, when we found out we were just in disbelief. We both cried. To actually have money and support to create the show that we want, to find our dream space and get access to a huge audience is just mega. We can’t wait. And already, the award has really allowed us to take some risks with the kind of work we are interested in. It has freed us up to try something new and we can’t wait to have some fun and hopefully cause a little bit of chaos.”

Counterfactual said: “At a moment when being able to make original theatre, even at fringe-scale, feels harder than ever before, receiving the Untapped Award has given us a tremendous sense of validation, and concrete, meaningful support towards realising our ambitions. We’re so grateful to New Diorama, Underbelly and Concord for their faith and trust, and can’t wait to be able to present this show to audiences in Edinburgh this summer.”

Our Day said: “It is great to have won this award. Untapped has clearly provided a step-up opportunity for previous winners and we hope to steward this opportunity well in order to make similar progress.”

Entertainment company Underbelly run a number of venues during the Edinburgh fringe, and permanent London venue Underbelly Boulevard. Shows currently playing in London include comedy night BATSU!, and circus and comedy show Sophie’s Surprise 29th, which starts on 11 April 2024.

More about the winning shows

The Mosinee Project
1 – 25 August 2024, 3.30pm, Underbelly Cowgate Edinburgh

Paranoia and politics collide in this stranger than fiction Cold War drama. Mosinee, Wisconsin, 1950. An idyllic Midwestern town wakes up to find themselves in a nightmare. Armed Communist forces have taken over everywhere – imprisoning townspeople, cutting off communication, marching through the streets with nobody to oppose them. Prices are changed, barbed wire fences erected, and the Mayor is being held at gunpoint. Or so it appears. This is just the start of the story.

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Ugly Sisters
1 – 25 August 2024, 6.30pm, Underbelly Cowgate Edinburgh

Ugly Sisters is 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).

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DRUM
1 – 25 August 2024, 2.10pm, Underbelly Cowgate Edinburgh

A joyful and poignant play fusing storytelling, music and dance, capturing a unique snapshot of the swinging sixties inspired by real events. As the afternoon sun hits London’s BBC Broadcasting House, photographer James Barnor encounters broadcaster Mike Eghan for the first time. Thrown together far from home, two rising Ghanaian creatives navigate their perception of identity, success, assimilation and home.

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