The Stepladder Award 2018 

In Partnership with house and The Other Richard


We created The Stepladder Award to help fringe theatre companies make that next step up to become full time theatre professionals and begin to earn money from their work. If your theatre company are taking a show up to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and demonstrate the drive to grow your company to that next level, we want you to apply! 


The Prize 

-> Mentoring from Les Enfants Terribles centred around developing funding applications for an Autumn 2019 tour, tour planning and delivery, and company development. 

-> Guidance from house in booking an Autumn 2019 tour of your production. 

-> Your show filmed and photographed by The Other Richard at the fringe: including a set of production photography, a three camera show recording and an edited trailer. 

-> A programme of industry mentoring. 

We welcome applications from companies that are committed to developing their company and practice through mounting a first full tour over the next two years. 

Companies must be taking a new piece of original writing to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. 




*Deadline is 1/08/18 at 5PM*

If you have any questions please email


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You can check our last year’s winner ThisEgg here. 


The LET Award 2018 

We’re delighted to announce the LET Award winners Wildcard Theatre!

Their show ‘Electrolyte’ will run from the 1st-27th of August at QueenDome, Pleasance.



We’re also delighted to announce the Greenwich Partnership Award winners Incognito Theatre!


In collaboration with Greenwich Theatre, we are delighted to be able to offer two prizes; the LET Award and the Greenwich Partnership Award.

Prizes offered:

A guaranteed performance slot in The Pleasance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018
A cash injection of £1000
Industry mentoring

“It has been an amazing journey since starting the LET award in 2012 meeting all these remarkable and exciting new artists and seeing where their creative journeys have taken them since. It has been a thrill and a privilege to see the work of and even to collaborate with many previous winners and nominees as peers on various projects.

There are so many really exciting young companies working today whom I first encountered through the awards showcase and I hope that the award continues to give new artists making original work the boost they need to get something made and get something seen.

I look forward to enjoying much more of this work in the years ahead”

– Oliver Lansley, Artistic Director, Les Enfants Terribles

For more information, please contact

Past Winners

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The LET Bursary 2018 

In Association with RADA

We are raising £10,000 to help send a talented individual from a lower income background to drama school. The winning recipient will receive the bursary towards their tuition fees for RADA’s full-time professional acting course.

The LET Bursary has already raised £5,000 of its £10,000 target so we’d like to say a huge thank you to those who have already donated.

“With the gulf between richer and poorer growing ever wider in our society and the cost of drama schools having risen to over £9000 a year (Not to mention living costs) it is becoming increasingly hard for young people of a less affluent background to be able to pursue their dreams of working in the arts… We are very honoured to be working in conjunction with RADA one of the most successful and well-respected conservatoire drama schools in the UK on this project.” – Oliver Lansley (Artistic Director)

If you are interested in supporting this initiative, please email:

As part of the LET Bursary, we are also offering to pay for the RADA audition fees of young students wishing to complete a BA (HONS) or Foundation Course in Acting.

If you’re a teacher that has a student who you think would particularly benefit from having their audition fee paid for them, please contact us at with one or two short sentences about the nominee and why they would benefit from the assistance. Please note that deadlines for the 2018 RADA applications range from 17th January till 23rd February, with audition spaces booking up fast.