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. 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

Shortlisted applicants for the 2020 award have now been contacted.  The Trustees regret that they cannot enter into correspondence or discussion over unsuccessful applications.

Submissions for the award are currently closed, please check this webpage in Autumn for information regarding the 2021 award. 

For general enquiries regarding the award please email