Assembly expands ART award

Jan 15 2020 | By More

Assembly Roxy Theatre award adds extra support

The Assembly Roxy Theatre award has been expanded with a new package of support and additional performance opportunities during the venue’s Spring 2020 season.

The basic award remains the same as in previous years. The winner receives a guaranteed slot – with no fixed venue fees or deposits – as part of the Roxy’s 2020 #EdFringe programme. The winner will also have access to rehearsal space and to the Assembly team’s resources in the run-up to August.

Assembly Roxy during #EdFringe. Pic: Assembly Roxy

New for this year, Assembly will also be selecting up to four shortlisted productions, alongside the main ART Award-winner, to receive developmental support and performance opportunity during the Roxy’s Spring 2020 Season.

William Burdett-Coutts, Assembly Festival’s artistic director said: “The Fringe has provided a platform for some of the biggest names in theatre and has grown to be the biggest showcase for writers, directors and performers on an international stage.

“We are proud to deliver a platform for new Scottish work. The winning production takes place at Assembly Roxy, now presenting an exciting programme in Edinburgh all year-round.”


Deadline for this year’s award is Friday 24 January 2020 at 5pm. It is open to any Scotland-based independent theatre company or performance practitioner.

All of the shows will receive a table-read afternoon in the Roxy’s downstairs dressing room, workshop time in the Downstairs Theatre, a technical rehearsal day, and a 3 – 4 performance run as part of the Roxy’s New Writing Season in Roxy Downstairs between March and June 2020.

Taylor Dyson in Ane City. Pic: Michaela Bockova

Companies applying for the award will need to provide a full first draft of an unperformed script or performance structure for a devised, physical or improvised work. They should also provide details of a confirmed creative team together with proposed production budget and marketing plan.

The production should have a running time of no more than 60 minutes and be available to commit to both a full run of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020 (5 – 31 August 2020) and a three-to-four date run at Roxy Downstairs during its March – June 2020 season (dates to be agreed).

The inaugural ART award was won by Andy Edwards and Amy Gilmartin for Scribble in 2017, with Jen McGregor winning with Heaven Burns in 2018.

Dundee-based Taylor Dyson and Calum Kelly of Elfie Picket who were last year’s winners with Ane City described the award as: “the perfect opportunity for new and emerging artists.”

They said: “It takes the stress and financial burden away and simply enabled us to be creatives. The experience of the Assembly team was completely invaluable.

“Any Scottish theatre companies thinking of bringing a new show to the Fringe, we’d definitely recommend applying for the award.”


Introduction and full instructions on how to apply for the ART award on the Assembly Roxy website here: ART-award.
Full venue specifications please click here.
Download the application form here and email your completed form to (deadline Friday 24 January 2020 at 5.00pm).
For further questions contact Luke Holbrook


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