WE ARE PROUD SUPPORTERS OF BRIGHTON FRINGE and have been the principal charitable funder since 2011. In addition to our core support, we ALSO offer awards and touring bursaries.


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The Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Awards

Each winter we offer three awards to young people who plan to put on an event at Brighton Fringe the following May. The event could be in any category including theatre, literature, visual arts, comedy, dance, cabaret, film or music. The awards are intended for artists at the beginning of their careers and applicants must be aged 25 or younger, live in Brighton and Hove and be bringing an event to the Fringe for the first time.

A panel of expert judges pick the winners who each receive £300 towards production costs. This money could be used for venue or equipment hire, marketing, props, tech support etc.

    Award winners receive £300 plus:

    • Up to three professional mentoring sessions with our judges. These sessions, which take place between January and May, have proved invaluable to previous award winners in the run-up to the Fringe.
    • Brighton Fringe registration fees paid by The Pebble Trust. Once registered, the winners are part of the biggest arts festival in England and can access all the benefits offered by Brighton Fringe Participant Services.


    The Judges


    Drew Wood

    Drew trained at Northern Ballet School in Manchester, completing a 3 year professional dance course. Since graduating in 1990, he has worked extensively in the performing arts industry as a dancer and choreographer for many top theatres, cruise lines and 5 star hotels worldwide.  He reached this year's live semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent with his amateur dance group, Tap Tastik, whom he teaches at his highly successful and popular dance school,  Adult Dance Brighton.  

    Nathan Potter

    Nathan has a long string of film and theatre credits to his name and has performed in top venues including the Barbican and the RSC, Stratford.  He also played The Cat in the Hat in the UK tour of Seussical.  Nathan has extensive experience of directing and producing award winning shows, and set up his own production company, Chocolate Box Theatre, in 2012.  He currently teaches on the new Performing Arts BA course at the Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training.


    Gerry McCrudden MBE

    Gerry has directed and acted in many productions from New York to New Delhi, Nairobi to Mexico and beyond.  Since coming to Brighton over 12 years ago, he has directed a number of productions at the New Venture Theatre including The Winslow Boy, Biloxi Blues and Hay Fever.  He has also acted in productions at the NVT and Brighton Little Theatre. Gerry has written and performed in a one man show at Brighton Fringe and is currently planning to produce the NVT’s 70th Anniversary celebratory festival in April 2018.


    THE Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe  AWARD WINNERS 2017

    Yvette Saunders and Happenings Theatre Company with 10 Steps to Happiness.

    We’re born, we go to nursery, school, college, sometimes university. We're taught to work, not how to be happy. I work hard and drink away the weekends wondering - what’s the missing ingredient to happiness? A better job? A boyfriend? A holiday? Failing that I decided to search the internet: How to be happy? Easy! Follow these 10 steps to a happier life starting today. First step, figure out what is wrong ... Oh, errm ... An innovative, honest, touching, comedic solo show about life, love and happiness. Come and join me in my world.

    Sofia Rendall with Fragments from your Workplace.

    A cast of Sussex University students brings you a brand new satirical piece in several parts that each parody business culture and its various inadequacies. Watch as an array of awkward characters negotiate their oppressive working environments in a darkly comic play that rises in absurdity and poignancy. This is sure to be the show that launches your career!

    "An absolutely hilarious play." — The Badger

    Kids with Beards with Fandango.

    The beardy babes are back, baby! Atop broomstick horses we ride, offering up unto you 'Fandango!' - an hour of surreal, stupid, knee-slappin' sketches that'll make you scream "Yeehahaha!" (sorry). Rhinestones. Accents. Vague stereotypes. Cacti. Grunting. That Steps song that should never have been made. It's gonna be a reeeal Fandango alright.

    **** "Side-splittingly funny ... a wacky, random and irreverent show that will not fail to surprise and amuse". — Broadway Baby

    "The writing is particularly worthy of mention... strong, surreal, and silly in a good way". — ThreeWeeks.


    The Brighton Fringe International Touring Bursary in association with The Pebble Trust


    Last year's Outgoing bursary winners were Cinebra with A History of Horror.

    Last year's Outgoing bursary winners were Cinebra with A History of Horror.


    The outgoing touring bursary enables the winner to tour their Fringe event to one or more international Fringe festivals. Up to £2,500 is available to be put towards travel, accommodation and other related costs. Judges from The Pebble Trust and the World Fringe Alliance select the winning show, which is announced at the Awards Ceremony held on the final Sunday of Brighton Fringe. Entrants must be from Sussex.

    Last year’s winners were Cinebra with A History Of Horror which delighted audiences at the Rialto. The judges chose it as an example of Brighton excellence - a worthy ambassador for Brighton Fringe on the international stage. Cinebra have already successfully presented their event in Amsterdam.

    Applications are made via the Brighton Fringe website.




    In addition to the outgoing touring bursary, The Pebble Trust offers up to £2,500 for an award winner from an international Fringe to bring their event to Brighton.  The winners for 2018 are Sirqus Alfon with I Am Somebody.

    From Sweden, Sirqus Alfon bring a unique combination of beatboxing, clowning, chaos and comedy to the stage. Skillfully crafting a high-tech performance imbued with rhythm, humour and a touch of magic, they represent a genre entirely of their own. 

    "Sirqus Alfon is a high-octane ride, electro clown ride through a bizarro post-internet world of pop culture, music, light and video." The Adelaide Review

    "Funny, skilled and sharply in tune with each other, they create possibly the most unusual and eclectic piece of physical theatre that you are likely to find on the Fringe this year.Fringe Guru

    "The way they use light, cameras, live feeds and sound is so skilful as to inspire genuine awe." - To Do List

    WINNER: Overall Pick of the Fringe, Adelaide Fringe 2017 


    This year’s winners of the incoming touring bursary are Sirqus Alfon with  I Am Somebody. Photo credit: Klara G

    This year’s winners of the incoming touring bursary are Sirqus Alfon with  I Am Somebody. Photo credit: Klara G