Funding Opportunity

The COMMON Award


The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a unique opportunity to showcase your work to audiences from around the world, and to build new relationships with artists, venues and allies to support the continued development of your career.

However, every year the Festival becomes an increasingly inaccessible platform for many artists from socio-economically disadvantaged, intersectional backgrounds.

To support artists and theatre companies from working-class and socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds make the most of the incredible opportunity that the Edinhurgh Fringe provides, the Pleasance Theatre have joined forces with COMMON to launch The COMMON Award.

The COMMON Award is the only opportunity of its kind which aims to support an exceptional theatre or children's show made by an artist or theatre company from a working-class or socio-economically disadvantaged background to be presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The support the recipient of this opportunity will receive includes:

A cash investment of £1,000 towards the cost of presenting your show at the Edinburgh Fringe, which could go toward elements including travel, accommodation, Fringe registration and subsistence.

A guaranteed and effective slot for your show as part of The Pleasance Theatre’s Edinburgh Festival programme.

A 60/40% or 55/45% box office split in your favour depending on VAT status of the company.

Development, rehearsal and work space in the lead up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at The Pleasance’s London theatre.

Additional marketing presence during the Edinburgh Festival as part of the Pleasance Theatre’s Pleasance Futures marketing and advertising campaigns.

Mentoring, support and advocacy from COMMON in the lead-up to and during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Access to COMMON’s network of industry relationships with established venues, arts organisations and high-profile industry members.

A guaranteed London transfer of your production at the Pleasance Theatre (London) post-Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


COMMON have attempted to make the eligibility criteria for this opportunity as inclusive and accessible as possible for artists who come from working-class and socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

We acknowledge that some questions asked in the Application Form may feel personal or invasive to some artists. They may therefore feel uncomfortable responding to them, or feel that certain details of their lived experience and background are private, and do not wish to share them.

Artists should only reveal details that they feel comfortable sharing with the reviewers of these applications. All application forms will be kept confidential and will not be shared publicly.

We hope artists will appreciate that the methods for effectively and accurately measuring an individual’s socio-economic background are still developing within the context of the UK theatre industry.

Our methods for accurately understanding an individual’s socio-economic background in future opportunities will therefore continue to improve as we develop our knowledge and practices.

Should you feel strongly that your background is one of socio-economic disadvantage but the criteria are not inclusive of your lived experience, then please contact COMMON directly to tell us your feedback and we will be happy to discuss this with you in more depth.