Showcasing new and emerging companies and artists in a supportive environment

The Drayton Arms Theatre showcases new and emerging companies and artists allowing them to stage their work in a supportive and cost effective environment. 

In 2016 we wanted to reach out and help three such companies by giving them a free Edinburgh transfer ... and so we did ... with a little thanks to the pub who paid for the space and staffing and our sponsors who provided 10,000 printed leaflets, plus leaflet distribution and no box office fees!

So the winning shows will all get a free run and full box office take.

Having only announced the award two weeks before Edinburgh Fringe started we were chuffed to receive 45 applications.


These were duly peer reviewed and reviewed by the Drayton Arms Theatre to get a list of 15 nominations

Kensington Prize (Three week run)

Buzz - 2016 Winner



Ladies in Waiting

Yokes Night

Zero Down

Gloucester Prize (One week run)

Empty Beds - 2016 Winner


I Keep a woman ...

Madwomen in the Attic

Rules of Inflation


Brompton Prize (Two night Run)

Im Doing this for you - 2016 Winner




This is not Culturally significant



Don't forget to book the shows from our homepage, all have early birds tickets for just £10 doing until mid September.  


Leigh, Antonio and all the team at the Drayton Arms.

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While the Drayton Arms is funding the space and staff we have been lucky to secure the generous sponsorship of ...

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We have various judges assisting us across the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, our regulars are shown below. 

Antonio2Antonio Ferrara

Antonio is our Artistic Director. He's previously been Literary Manager at Jermyn Street Theatre and an Associate Director at Omnibus, Clapham. 

He's passionate about inventive uses of space, storytelling and supporting new theatre companies and actors.

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Polly Len Henkel 

Polly is a director and producer who originally hails from Ohio, in the US. She arrived in London the Fall of 2014 to study Directing under the tutelage of Matthew Lloyd at East 15 Acting School. She is a co-founder of EclecticPond Theatre Company in Indianapolis, Indiana and the Founder and Director of Pollen Productions which produces productions both in the US and the UK. She is passionate about beginning a dialogue in her work around larger social issues through both classical and contemporary texts.


Gene David Kirk

The former Artistic Director here at the Drayton Arms Theatre, and previously the Artistic Director at Theatre503 and Jermyn Street Theatre, Gene is now our Executive Director and is committed to engaging with all theatre creators; enabling them to create work in an affordable space and supportive environment.

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Companies are asked to check the details of the prizes below carefully before entering, particularly the dates for the productions to be staged at the Drayton Arms which cannot be changed. 

1. Who can enter

1.1 The competition is open to new and emerging companies, by this we usually mean companies that have previously staged a maximum of two professional productions, however we are willing to consider other circumstances. 

1.2 Companies should be able to demonstrate that they have historically set out to pay equity fringe minimum to all their members, and / or that they have a Partnership Agreement in place with equitably distributed remuneration - copies of previous contracts and accounts may be requested.

1.3 Companies must agree to provide up to 2 complimentary tickets for our assessors to see the show, on a date to be agreed between us.

1.4 Companies must also agree to watch and assess at least 2 shows of our choosing, on dates to be agreed between us.

2. The Prizes

2.1 There are three prizes available to win:-

2.1.1 The Kensington prize is a three week run starting on Tuesday 11th October 2016 and ending on Saturday 29th October 2016. There will be 21 performances in total and they will run at 8pm Tuesday to Saturday nights, plus a Saturday Matinee at 3pm. 

Entries have now closed for the Eddies, good luck to everyone that has applied. 


"Great fringe theatre - Upstairs from the pub, very intimate stage allowing the audience to become part of the performance."

December 2015