The Eclipse Award

presented by Eclipse Theatre and Summerhall
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020

Rakie Ayola, Noma Dumezweni and Danny Sapani

The Eclipse Award aims to help UK Black artists and fellow artists who are also marginalised for their race, and who make boundary-pushing performance work, to undertake an Edinburgh Fringe run. This is the second year of The Eclipse Award which is an initiative by Eclipse Theatre and Summerhall to support underrepresented artists presenting work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The first artist to receive The Eclipse Award was Rachael Young, in 2019.

The award is for a company or artist to take on a supported run at Summerhall from 7 - 30 August 2020.

We are looking for work meeting the following criteria:

  • Work by artists from Black African and Caribbean backgrounds
  • Work by artists who are also marginalised for their race.
  • Engaged, contemporary performance
  • Created by artists or a company basing their practice in the UK, outside of Scotland
  • Artists who are available to commit to a full Edinburgh Fringe run in 2020
  • Artists or companies with the capacity to take advantage of the opportunity to showcase work to press and promoters

  • £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 some magazine advertising.
  • Some technical support.
  • Producing guidance.
  • Full backing of the UK’s principal Black-led touring company.
  • Fringe registration
  • Mentorship
  • The Love Package – a considered package of care named in honour of a generous legacy from Mrs Lovedale Kanu. The Love Package honours real life unsung Black British Sheroes, heroes and superheroes. Supported by the Sick of the Fringe and for 2020 additional cash investment from Eclipse Chair Stella Kanu in honour of her mum Mrs Lovedale Kanu.
  • Artists based in the UK, outside Scotland
  • Artists from Black African and Caribbean backgrounds
  • Artists who are also marginalised for their race
  • Student and non-professional companies are not eligible to apply
  • Arts Council England NPOs are not eligible to apply

How to apply

Click here to read The Eclipse Award Guidance Pack.

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

Deadline for application: Midday, Monday 2 March 2020. We will be in touch with the successful applicant/s by Friday 13 March.

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The Eclipse Award