The Stepladder Award

What is the Stepladder Award?

The Stepladder Award helps companies take that next step up from being a fledgling company to becoming full-time theatre professionals. When you apply, our team will come and see your work in the opening week of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the winner will be supported throughout the remainder of the festival and beyond.

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!

Prize includes:
  • Mentoring from Les Enfants Terribles centred around developing funding applications  and planning for a tour
  • Guidance, tour booking support, producing mentorship and networking opportunities
  • 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 for the subsequent year and will not be ready for use immediately.
Applications will be opening later in the year so keep an eye on our socials and sign up to our mailing list for updates.
  • The award is open for companies with a track record of producing work either as part of a fringe festival, in a London / regional fringe theatre or in other venues.


  • You must be an established company, who have worked together for several years and have amassed a minimum of two previous shows.


  • You must be committed to developing your company and practice through mounting a first full tour over the next two years.


  • You must be taking a new piece of original writing to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the year you apply and must be aiming to tour this show following the Fringe.

We want to know a little bit more about who you are as a company and what your work is all about. We’ll ask you to fill out a brief online form including information about your style, how you’ve developed, who is involved and any previous funding opportunities you’ve received and then we’ll be in touch personally if you’ve been shortlisted!

Applications for this award will be opening in the Spring so keep an eye on our socials and join our mailing list for updates.
Previous Winners

Meet our wonderful group of Stepladder recipients.

Burnt Lemon | 2019

Tokyo Rose

Wildcard | 2018


This Egg | 2017

Me & My Bee