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We’re giving you the chance to take a show to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012, with two funding prizes of £10,000 for brand-new productions. The winners will also receive mentoring from experienced theatre practitioners.

As always, we’re looking for innovative, creative ideas – anything from mime to opera. We want to see ambitious projects with more than three people on stage and at least five people in your company. For inspiration, read about how the award helped 2011’s winners, RashDash Theatre – who this year won their second Fringe First award – and the critically acclaimed Bridge Theatre Company.

Here’s the boring bit. You MUST download and read the Terms & Conditions in full before you apply – we get loads of applications that are ineligible simply because people haven’t read the terms. For a better idea of what we're looking for, download our model application form.

We will not consider late applications under any circumstances, including technical difficulties, so allow yourself plenty of time to get your application uploaded.


UPDATE: If you would like some advice about taking a show to Edinburgh, on Wednesday 7 December we will be hosting an online Edinburgh Fringe advice forum with HighTide's Artistic Director Steven Atkinson between 1pm and 2pm on our forum page.


Please note: to apply, you must be aged 16-25 on the closing date and live in the UK.

If you are having technical difficulties please email

To find out how to apply, click on the How to respond tab at the top of the page.

This brief closes on Friday 9 December 2011 at 5pm.


Image of PaperTape Theatre of Ambra Vernuccio, who was one of our Edinburgh Photographers in 2011.

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How to apply

1. Before you do anything, download and carefully read the Terms & Conditions.

2. Click on Follow this brief in the left-hand column. 

3. You'll need to fill out the application form to apply, so download it, fill it in and save it. 

4. Click Apply now in the yellow box on the left. This will take you to a page headed Submit Your Response.

5. Give us the name of your project. 

6. Outline your project in 100 words or less.

7. Upload your completed application form and press Submit

8. To support your application you should also use your IdeasTap portfolio to post supporting material. The judges will look at your portfolio for examples of previous work, so make sure it's looking good.

9. You must have a photo uploaded to your profile, although it doesn't need to be a headshot and you won't be judged on the quality.


Entries will be judged by a panel including external industry experts, IdeasTap members and representatives from our partner organisations. The judging panel will meet in early 2012.

This brief closes on Friday 9 December 2011 at 5pm.

This brief is now closed for comments. If you have any questions, please email


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