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SIT-UP Tickets Scheme

We will underwrite the cost of several tickets for shows that can demonstrate that they have access to a relevant audience who would benefit from seeing their show. This could, for example, be to provide tickets for homeless people to a play about homelessness or charity workers to a play relevant to their activity.

When we provide tickets, we require the production company to provide feedback on the benefits achieved. We trialled this in 2018 with great success - as one audience member who took part said  "really made me think of the impact I have had on my own family." And that is what we want to achieve - provide help and insight to those affected by the issue.

If you wish to take advantage of this scheme then please complete an application form and submit by 31st July 2019.

Tickets Application








Awards Criteria

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:

  • Changing minds –A powerful play could achieve a ‘full 180’ of opinion and sustain this change long term. This criteria reflects the play’s ability to incite empathy, and for the story to linger in the heart and mind after the festival.
  • Changing behaviours – The best productions will have a loud, specific call to action and information or mechanisms to help audiences achieve it.
  • Research integrity –This could be informing the content or direction of the play as a result of collaboration with a charity, or through involving those with lived experience in the production.
  • Raising awareness – Plays that educate audiences, helping them to understand issues they never knew existed or to see a new perspective.