SIT-UP will identify the shows that are changing minds and announce a shortlist of 6 at the end of the 2nd week.
There is no formal application procedure.
Although we expect the shortlist to consist mainly of theatrical productions we do not rule out including comedy, dance or physical theatre.
Our judges bring wide and varied experience of theatre and the social sector. They will select the winner that will be announced at the end of the 3rd week. We are also intending to carry out audience polling of the shortlist to inform our view of their reactions.
The winner will receive £5k of which £1k is cash – to pay off festival debt, kick-start the next production, or just throw a party – and we will also provide £4k of in-kind support to amplify the social impact of the piece. The support will be tailored to suit the company and issue.
In addition to the main award, there will be a discretionary £1k Audience Engagement Award for a production that is innovative at mobilising their audience to respond to a social issue. Contact us if you think you might be eligible and tell us what you are doing that is special.
We take for granted that the shortlisted productions will have great artistic merit, but the winner will also have excelled in one or more of the following: