Become a supported artist

There is an opportunity for 6 artists or companies to be supported by the festival to bring a show up to touring readiness. This is an ideal opportunity for companies who are developing a show and would benefit from skills-building support which will help them in the future.

3 spaces are available: The OFS Theatre (91 seats), OFS Studio (45 seats) and BT Studio (50 seats).

Selected artists/companies will receive:

  • Marketing support and advice before the show, including assistance with print design and cost of printing, and audience development.

  • Tour booking advice with an industry professional.

  • 1 day of dramaturgy or director mentoring for the show.

  • 2 days in the space with technical support before the performances, to build a set and develop the technical aspects of the show.

  • 3 performances in front of an audience, allowing you to develop the show in performance and receive feedback.

  • The chance to be part of a network of artists, with a social event at the end of your week.

  • The chance to have your work seen by venue programmers across Oxfordshire and beyond.

  • A split of the box office profits: 70/30 in your favour for the BT Studio and OFS Studio - and 60/40 in your favour in the OFS Theatre (with no box office fees deducted).

Bursaries are available for accommodation and expenses as required by the company, subject to budget. These will be negotiated upon selection.


Work can be of any genre, and companies of any size. It must be clear however that the technical/rehearsal time is of value to the production.

We strongly encourage applications from companies who are BAME-led, disability-led, LGBTQ+, working class or based in Oxfordshire.

The show must not have been performed in Oxford (scratches or R&D sharings are fine). If it has been performed elsewhere, it must be clear that the support will be valuable - e.g. if it is a finished piece which has been performed several times, we would be unlikely to consider it. If it is an adaptation of an existing text, it must have been adapted by the company.

The show must be fringe length – no longer than 1.5 hours in duration. 

You may apply for the supported programme with one show only. However, you are welcome to also apply for the general programme with a different show.