After 25 years producing new work for national and international audiences, Unlimited Theatre is embarking on a new chapter to create more opportunities for emerging and mid-career companies and artists. These new unAwards, each inspired by key moments in Unlimited’s history, aim to enable greater collaboration, experimentation and inclusive practice for artists and creatives.

We intend these grants to be easy to apply for and with minimal reporting so artists can focus their time and energy on making art, rather than making applications.

Awarding a minimum of £25,000 in Round 1 and £30,000 in Round 2, Unlimited Theatre is aiming to support the next generation of theatre makers and, in our ‘retirement’, leave a lasting legacy that enables new creatives and audiences to embark on inspirational journeys that they might not otherwise have been able to.

The funding pot is made up of remaining cash reserves and a generous donation from an existing supporter.

The unAwards will be open for applications from 1 January until midnight on 31 January 2024 with the intention (capacity allowing!) successful applicants being notified by the beginning of April 2024.

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For FAQs and full details on the three categories in the first round of unAwards, including applicant guidance and access to the application forms, see below.

Frequently Asked Questions – updated 19 Jan 2024