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.


Brighton Fringe banner photo by James Ratchford

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.



Brighton Fringe 2018 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 2018


King Sammy Silver with Sass, Sex and Surrealness

'How can one be sassy, sexy and surreal? The trans masc bear cub of the drag scene, Sammy Silver, shows you exactly how with his delightfully queer cabaret show.'

Sammy's show is suitable for ages 16 and above and will appear at the Latest Music Bar.


Sophie Pester with A Glass Half Empty

'Female friendship can be more consuming than any romantic love. Bea and Angela, just sixteen, make a pact, no men, no marriage, no children. Now in their thirties, the pair reunite for one short evening after 10 years of silence.'

Sophie, a student at the University of Sussex, is the writer and director of this new play.


Rebekka Turner with Rice T*ts

A cultural camp calamari of a character stand-up comedy show. Rebekka is proud to bring her debut solo 30 minute show to Brighton Fringe. 

An early evening aperitif show with an eccentric and eclectic mix of impressions, word play and stories exploring food, pop culture and awkwardness... and other stuff!


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


Last year's Outgoing bursary winners were Thick and Tight.

Last year's Outgoing bursary winners were Thick and Tight.


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.

2018’s winners were dance duo Thick and Tight with A Night With Thick and Tight. Their dramatic, poignant, hilarious triple bill delighted audiences at the Marlborough and greatly impressed the judging panel.

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