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.


    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 and still choreographs and teaches today.  Drew is one of the top dance teachers on the South Coast. His experience in Jazz and Tap goes back nearly 30 years as a professional dancer and choreographer for many top theatres, cruise lines and 5 star hotels worldwide.  He now runs Adult Dance Brighton, a successful dance school offering classes from beginners to advanced.

    Nathan Porter

    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.  Nathan has taught performing arts in numerous schools across the South Coast for the past 15 years.


    THE Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe 2017 AWARD WINNERS

    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


    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.

    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. This year’s winner is South African, Rob van Vuuren, with Dangled.

    “Dangled’ is a multi-award-winning adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s short story ‘Diary of a Madman’, by multi-award-winning writer Louis Viljoen and performed by multi-award-winning actor Rob van Vuuren.

    A dark psychosexual horror comedy exploring themes of sexual violence, verisimilitude and the creative process. ‘Dangled’ promises to disturb, entertain and terrify in equal measure. 

    Winner of the Standard Bank Ovation Award at the South African National Arts Festival and the Audience Choice Award at the Cape Town Fringe.”

    This year’s winner of the outgoing touring bursary is South African, Rob van Vuuren, with Dangled. Photo credit: Madeleine Chaput

    This year’s winner of the outgoing touring bursary is South African, Rob van Vuuren, with Dangled. Photo credit: Madeleine Chaput