OnComm for Online Shows

The OnComm is an Online Commendation which aims to recognise the excellence of shows from independent, alternative and fringe theatres that are being presented online since March 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.

You can invite the OnComm assessors to view your online production or event.  If they decide it is award-worthy and it receives sufficient recommendations, it will be then be put forward for an OnComm.  Once approved, the OnComm will be announced online and via social media.


OnComms will be awarded in a number of categories, including:

  • filmed versions of shows presented prior to 1 January 2020
  • filmed versions of shows first presented after 1 January 2020
  • filmed shows for young people
  • new shows or events presented using online tools such as Zoom or Slack.

How to apply

As the OnComm is an online award, the venue or company can be based anywhere.  Just send an email with the information listed below to info@offwestend.com:

  • Name of show
  • Producer(s)
  • Type of show – e.g. drama, comedy, musical, etc.
  • Some background and information about the show
  • URL where people can see it
  • Any relevant dates / times – e.g. available from / until, or a specific screening time
  • Whether you wish there to be a specific charge for people to view your show

Please note there is no fee to be considered for an OnComm.


OffWestEnd is pleased to be working in partnership with Scenesaver, a new online platform for online shows.  To upload a show (for free), go to https://www.scenesaver.co.uk/add-production/

Scenesaver is committed to helping to generate funds for the creative sector in these difficult times.  When you upload your footage, Scenesaver will encourages its users and subscribers to view your work and they will be invited to make a donation – perhaps equivalent to the cost of a ticket – and, at this time, 95% of these donations will be passed to the company or venue presenting that show or event.

All Online Platforms are Eligible

Please note that the criteria for this award is that your show is online – it could be online on your own website, or a theatre  venue’s website, or on another platform such as OFF, the Online Fringe Festival (www.onlinefringefestival.com).

OnComm Awardees

Jury Duty / Exit Productions / view at https://www.exitproductionsltd.com/jury-duty

Jane Clegg / Finborough / view at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFdzhKq-X6Y

Richard III / The Show Must Go Online / view at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBFO-wpdFFypTYtKyK7CEBCBgFZtRmL0z

Lullabies for the Lost / Rosalind Blessed / view at https://www.onlinefringefestival.com/shows/lullabies-for-the-lost/?occurrence=2020-05-25

The Tailor Made Man / Eastlake Productions / White Bear Theatre / view at https://youtu.be/AgM88wPu7ek

Shoe Lady / Royal Court / BBC Lockdown Theatre Festival / listen at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08fw06m

Hysteria / Spymonkey / view at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/spymonkeyshysteria2019

It is Easy to Be Dead / Finborough / view at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp4UViAliLM&list=FLARpHJydwbb-nLOcM9KSdIw

Rockets & Blue Lights / Royal Exchange / BBC Lockdown Theatre Festival / view at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08fw06m

Bin Juice / by Cat Kolubayev / view athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocgbZ-MZVvQ

Shakespeare’s Star Wars / The Show Must Go Online / view at https://bit.ly/3hlkznx

Reasons to be Cheerful / Graeae / view at https://youtu.be/2ZE75nXNx3E

What Once Was Ours / Half Moon Theatre / Zest Theatre / view at https://www.scenesaver.co.uk/?s=what+once+was+ours

Wind in the Willows / Guildford Shakespeare Company / YvonneArnaud Theatre / view at https://www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk

Mushy – Lyrically Speaking / Rifco Theatre / view at https://www.rifcotheatre.com/shows/mushy-lyrically-speaking

Going Viral / by Daniel Bye / view at http://www.danielbye.co.uk/going-viral.html

Suzy Storck / Gate Theatre / view at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6zlnonOZYc

Waiting For Hamlet / by David Visick /audio perf /  listen at http://www.waitingforhamlet.com/listen

The First Modern Man / by Michael Barry / Perfect Word Productions / view at youtu.be/ClsYDxnn8nY

Oranges & Ink / by Claire Louise Amias / view at https://www.onlinefringefestival.com/shows/the-masks-of-aphra-behn-and-oranges-ink-a-double-bill/

Bubble / Theatre Uncut / view until 30 June at https://www.theatreuncut.com/watch

The Delights of Dogs & the Problems of People / Rosalind Blessed / view at https://www.onlinefringefestival.com/shows/the-delight-of-dogs-and-the-problems-of-people/

Cyprus Avenue / Royal Court, Abbey Theatre, The Space Arts / view at https://royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/cyprus-avenue-film/ and via Scenesaver www.scenesaver.co.uk

SeaWall / Simon Stephens / can be purchased via http://www.seawallandrewscott.com/

The Tell-Tale Heart / Three Dumb Theatre / view at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK0DsbP_DHw and on Scenesaver www.scenesaver.co.uk

Midnight Your Time / DonmarWarehouse / view until 27 May 2020 via: www.youtube.com/donmarwarehouse

I Malvolio / Tim Crouch / view at:https://vimeo.com/386837018

Key Change / Open Clasp / view at: https://www.openclasp.org.uk/productions/key-change/

The Encounter / Complicité / view until 25 May 2020 via: http://www.complicite.org/current.php?section=1

About 500 / Simona Hughes / view via Scenesaver: www.scenesaver.co.uk