Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2017


The purpose of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award is, in particular, to help the development of emerging practitioners in the field of experimental theatre, and, in general, to encourage the new generation of creative artists.

The award is for a company or individual to create either a show to be performed for The Pit Theatre, Barbican, or a site-responsive, non-traditional show to take place in the east London or in the City of London. The winning show, either in The Pit or, if site-responsive, elsewhere, will be part of the Barbican Theatre & Dance season.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 5 December 2016.  Applications should be emailed to OSBTTA@barbican.org.uk.  Late applications and those other than by email will not be accepted.  Please ensure you have read the additional information (attached below), especially the eligibility criteria.

Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award welcome applications from a range of diverse backgrounds. The Barbican also welcomes applications from disabled and non-disabled people and invite individuals to get in touch if they have specific access requirements.

Open Day

If you would like learn more about the Award or discuss your application before you apply then please join us on Monday 21st November for a drop-in open day from 5-9pm in the Pit Foyer. You will have an opportunity to see the Pit Theatre and we will also be able to tell you more about our Open Lab programme.

How to apply

Download and complete the application form and return by email to OSBTTA@barbican.org.uk

Please send a CV and production history for the director or lead artist. Do not send any images or scripts.

The Trustees regret that they cannot enter into correspondence or discussion over unsuccessful applications.

What happens next?

The Barbican will respond to all applicants by the end of March 2017.

A panel of judges will establish a short list to interview.  Interviews are likely to take place in May 2017. Before the interview the selected applicants will be asked to provide: a proposed production budget, details about the Research and Development period, details of a design and production team, design ideas for the productions, a more developed proposal for the production.

After the interview, two grants of up to £2,500 for Research and Development will be awarded.

In the Autumn of 2017, following the showing of the results of the Research and Development period, the winner will be announced.  The production will take place in the Summer 2018 if it is an off-site proposal or Autumn 2018 if the proposal is for The Pit.