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About Us

The SIT-UP Awards is an annual award at the Edinburgh Fringe to reward and support theatre to achieve greater social impact.

It is an initiative of the UK registered charity Changing Ideas Limited

The following have made it happen:-

David Graham is a retired businessman and active philanthropist. Based in London and Edinburgh, he is a Fringe angel and festival fan – enjoying 75 shows in 2017. One play in particular caught David off guard and captured his imagination – Adam challenged him and changed his opinions. David was struck at that moment to do something, but there was no obvious route for action. This award and initiative is the result of that experience.

Robert Iles is the co-founder of UK Theatre Web, the UK's oldest theatre website and largest performing arts archive and provides a range of data services to a number of large arts companies. Robert has been involved with amateur and fringe theatre for over 30 years including competitive drama as actor, backstage, playwright and director. Robert is a regular theatre critic in and around Bristol, London and at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Jez Bond is the Founder and Artistic Director of Park Theatre. As a director, credits include; Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] involving a different celebrity guest each performance, Ian McKellen in Shakespeare, Tolkien & You, Madame Rubinstein (starring Miriam Margolyes) and Oliver! (starring Rowan Atkinson). As a writer, credits includes: Whodunnit [Unrehearsed], Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Jack & the Beanstalk, co-written with Mark Cameron. Jez was a judge of the inaugural 2018 SIT-UP Awards and continues to provide support and advice.

Georgie Oulton - Joint SIT-UP co-ordinator 2019 Fringe 

Georgie Oulton is a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and co-founder of Theatre Handmade, a female-led theatre company aiming to collaborate with new creative talent and engage communities in female-centered social issue. She has participated at the Edinburgh fringe on several occasions. With Theatre Handmade Georgie has played Rose in Di & Viv & Rose (in an hour), Rachel in The Pussy Grabber Plays and Gracie in Two the Power of Three.

Allegra Marland - Joint SIT-UP co-ordinator 2019 Fringe 

Allegra Marland is a graduate from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Her theatre credits include After October and Cyril's Success at The Finborough Theatre, Romeo and Juliet at The Union Theatre and Wine Over Clementine at The Cockpit. Films include Goodbye Christopher Robin and Sunday Tide. Allegra is also the voice of the McDonald's Signature Collection. Allegra is co-founder of Theatre Handmade, and has played Viv in Di & Viv & Rose (in an hour), Megan Kelly in The Pussy Grabber Plays and Tara in Two the Power of Three.