The Eclipse Award

presented by Eclipse Theatre and Summerhall
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

Patrons: Rakie Ayola, Noma Dumezweni, Danny Sapani

The Eclipse Award aims to help UK Black* artists who make boundary-pushing performance work to undertake an Edinburgh Fringe run.  This new award has been launched by Eclipse and Summerhall in response to the lack of Black artists presenting work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The award is for a Black-led company or artist to take on a supported run at Summerhall from 31 July – 25 August 2019.


We are looking for work meeting the following criteria:

  • Engaged, contemporary performance
  • Created by Black artists or a Black-led company basing their practice in the UK, outside Scotland
  • Artists who are available to commit to a full Edinburgh Fringe run in 2019
  • Artists or companies with the capacity to take advantage of the opportunity to showcase work to press and promoters

What’s included in the Award?

  • £10K cash bursary
  • A full run at one of Summerhall’s venues on a straight box office split, 70% to the company and 30% to the venue.
  • A bespoke package of marketing support including press, PR and a valuable advertising package.
  • Some technical support.
  • Producing guidance.
  • Full backing of the UK’s principal Black-led touring company.
  • Fringe registration
  • Mentorship
  • A considered package of care

Who can apply

Black artists or Black-led companies based in the UK outside Scotland.

Student and non-professional companies are not eligible to apply.

Arts Council England NPOs are not eligible to apply. 

* We are using “Black” to include anyone marginalised for their race or ethnicity.

How to apply

Please read the guidance pack and Summerhall’s festival information pack carefully and then fill in the online form.

Download The Eclipse Award Guidance pack.
Fill in the online form.


Deadline for applications: 12noon Monday 4 February 2019.
We will be in touch with the successful applicant/s by Friday 15 February, with the aim being to confirm arrangements with you by the end of February so that we can meet the deadline for discounted Fringe registration. 

If you would like to support The Eclipse Award, please click here. Please write “The Eclipse Award” in the comments section to direct your donation to the award fund. Thanks to Eclipse’s Catalyst Award, any donation will be matched £1 for £1 by Arts Council England therefore doubling your contribution to The Eclipse Award. All donations will go towards the cash bursary and any travel and accommodation for the winning artist/s.


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The Eclipse Award