Theatre & dance

The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award

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The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award helps the development of emerging practitioners engaged in bold, challenging and innovative performance and encourages the new generation of artists

The Award is for a company or individual based in the UK or Ireland to create a show either for the Barbican’s studio theatre or a site-responsive show to take place in east London or the City. The winning show will premiere as part of the Barbican Theatre & Dance season in 2020.  The proposal must therefore be for an original and unperformed piece of work that is available for production and unattached to any other venue or company.
The Award is designed for artists who are at the stage in their career where they can demonstrably benefit from moving on to a fully resourced and funded production. It is there to help artists move on to the next level in their professional career. 

The winning artist or company receives a production grant of up to £32,000. In addition they will receive a mentor for the project and in-kind support from the Barbican including a marketing and press campaign for the performance and some technical and administrative support.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 10 December 2018.  Applications should be emailed to Late applications will not be accepted. Applications can only be made by email.
In order to prepare your application, please make sure you are eligible.  It is very important that you have read the additional information (found below) including the eligibility guidelines before completing this application. This preparation will also help you find out what we are looking for, and how to make the best case.

The Barbican and OSBTTA welcome applications from diverse backgrounds and from disabled and non-disabled people.  We encourage and invite individuals to get in touch if they have specific access requirements.

Additional Information (PDF, 137KB)

Application Form (PDF, 78KB)
Application Form (Word, 54KB)


Monday 10 Dec 2018 - Deadline for submissions 

Mar 2019 – Barbican will respond to applicants to let them know if they have been successful
We will acknowledge every application but regret that we are unable to offer any feedback due to the volume of applications

May 2019 - Interviews 
We usually interview around 6-8 applicants.  After these interviews 2 applicants are shortlisted and given a £2500 RnD grant to explore their idea further, culminating in a presentation to the panel of judges 

Oct 2019 - RnD presentations 
These 20-30 minute presentations are an opportunity to share with the panel a practical demonstration of the project that is being proposed.  After these presentations a winner is selected

Summer/Autumn 2020 – Performances of OSBTTA 2020 winning production
The winning proposal is developed into a full production with support from the Barbican and is presented as part of their 2020 Theatre and Dance season.