The LET Bursary 


Les Enfants Terribles, in association with WildChild, is proud to announce the 2020 recipient of The LET Bursary, Francesca Gilbert. Francesca is entering her first year of training at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and will graduate in 2023. Les Enfants Terribles are also proud to announce that Saffron Coomber (Emilia, Flack) has committed to being Francesca’s mentor throughout her time at drama school as part of the LET Bursary. Previous mentors for this scheme have included Arinze Kene and Paapa Essiedu.

The LET Bursary was initially entirely funded through a crowdfunding campaign from generous public donors. 2020 marks the first year of support from the newly-established charity, WildChild, who are supporting the Bursary with 50% of the total amount provided. Les Enfants Terribles and WildChild are committed to providing a minimum of £4,500 per year to three students during their training at drama school.  


Francesca Gilbert, the 2020 recipient of the LET Bursary said:  


“The LET Bursary will support me on my journey through drama school and beyond, providing me with an invaluable support system, leading industry networks and a financial award, all of which help me to thrive,  and work on being the very best actor that I can be.”



Past Recipient

Caleb Obediah

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Photo: Oliver Lansley (LET Artistic Director), James Seager (LET Producer), Caleb Obediah (LET Bursary recipient, RADA) & Edward Kemp (Director of RADA)


Les Enfants Terribles and RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) are proud to announce the inaugural recipient of The LET Bursary, Caleb Obediah.

Caleb is a second year BA Acting student who will graduate in 2020. Les Enfants Terribles are also proud to announce that Arinzé Kene has committed to being Caleb’s mentor throughout his time at drama school as part of the LET Bursary.

Caleb will receive a maintenance grant towards his living costs whilst training at RADA.

In Association with RADA

Every year, we are committed to supporting a talented individual from a low income background for the three years of training with a subsistence grant of £4,500. The winning recipient will receive the bursary, which will help them with the costs associated with training on a full-time professional acting course.

The LET Bursary is an on going annual scheme, we’d like to say a huge thank you to those who have already donated. Help us make art accessible to all by donating to enable more individuals afford to pursue their dreams.

“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: or click the PayPal button below

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.



Let Award

The LET Greenwich Award 2020

A big congratulations to this years award winners Bleeding Nora with ‘When Dolly met Dom’ & Voloz Collective with ‘The Man Who (thought he) Knew Too Much’! 

In collaboration with Greenwich Theatre, we are delighted to be supporting two exciting new companys with the LET Greenwich Award. Voloz Collective and Bleeding Nora will be mentored by Les Enfants Terribles and Greenwich Theatre and will take their respective shows to Pleasance Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020.

Both prizes offer:

>   A guaranteed performance slot in The Pleasance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020.

>   A cash injection of £1,000.

>   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 award’s 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


Deadline for 2020 applications is NOW CLOSED!




Past Winners


We’re delighted to award Perhaps Contraption with the LET Award for their show ‘Nearly Human’ and the Greenwich Partnership award to Dead Rabbits Theatre for their show ‘My Love Lies Frozen In The Ice’.

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We’re delighted to award Wildcard Theatre with the LET Award for their show ‘Electrolyte’ and the Greenwich Partnership award to Incognito Theatre for their show ‘Tobacco Road’.

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Stepladder Award 2019 

Burnt Lemon Theatre’s ‘Tokyo Rose’ win the Stepladder Award 2019!


Photo: Mark Makin (house), company and cast of Tokyo Rose, Steph Richardson (house), Oran Doyle (LET). ©The Other Richard.


In collaboration with house and The Other Richard, we are delighted to be able to
offer this award for the third year.

Les Enfants Terribles in association with house and The Other Richard are pleased to announce Burnt Lemon Theatre as the third annual Stepladder Award winners with their production of Tokyo Rose.

Tokyo Rose was written by Maryhee Yoon and Cara Baldwin, composed by William Patrick Harris, produced by Tanya Agarwal, directed by Hannah Benson and assistant directed by Maryhee Yoon. With Lighting Design by Holly Ellis, Set Design by Luke W. Robson and Costume Design by Erin Guan. Tokyo Rose is presented by Burnt Lemon Theatre, in association with Untapped by Underbelly and New Diorama.


James Seager (Creative Director, Les Enfants Terribles) said:

‘I’m really happy that Burnt Lemon Theatre’s Tokyo Rose is this year’s winner of the Stepladder Award as this is an incredibly skillful, enjoyable and provoking piece that deserves to be seen beyond the Fringe. I look forward to helping the company take this show around the UK where I am sure it will resonate with audiences as much as it has done with us. The true story set during World War II has, we believe, many parallels in today’s climate and feels utterly fresh, contemporary and relevant.’



Now in its third year, The Stepladder Award has been created to help companies make that next step up to becoming full time theatre professionals. This was a crucial step in Les Enfants Terribles’ growth as a company and this opportunity is something that has long been missing from the UK theatre industry. We are once again thrilled to be partnering with house and The Other Richard to create this unique award and support new and exciting work.


The prize offers:
> Mentoring from Les Enfants Terribles centred around developing funding
applications for an Autumn 2020 tour, tour planning and delivery and company

> Guidance, tour booking support, producing mentorship and networking
opportunities from house in booking an Autumn 2020 tour of the company’s

> 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.

Please note that the photographs, recording and trailer are aimed to aid tour booking in
2020 and will not be ready for use throughout the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019.


Deadline for 2019 applications are NOW CLOSED!

To apply for the Stepladder Award, please download the following PDF and thoroughly read the entry specifications. Please then click on the link below and fill out the online application form.




Past Winners

2018 Winners: Wildcard Theatre With their show ‘Electrolyte’.


Photo: Wildcard Theatre receiving the award from LET’s Artistic Director Oliver Lansley and Assistant Creative Producer Fiona Porritt.


2017 Winners:  This Egg Their show ‘Me & My Bee’.


Photo: The Egg receiving the award from LET’s Artistic Director Oliver Lansley.


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