The OnComm is the Offies Commendation for online shows – it aims to recognise the excellence of shows from independent, alternative and fringe theatres that are being presented online. This award was introduced in May 2020 in the light of the lockdown arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. A full list of OnComm recipients to date is at the end of this webpage.
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.
Please note there are revised criteria from January 2021 – these can be found HERE.
The OnComm is an award for theatre shows rather than for stand-up comedy.
As the OnComm is an online award, the venue or company can be based anywhere. If the show is not generally available online, but is being performed only on specfic dates & times, there must be a minimum of 3 performances. A wide range of shows are currently eligible for an OnComm, including:
- recordings of shows presented prior to the Covid-19 lockdown
- recordings of shows first presented after the start of the Covid-19 lockdown (March 2020)
- recordings of shows for young people
- new shows or events presented using online tools such as Zoom or Slack.
How to apply
Just send an email with the information listed below to email@example.com:
- Name of show
- (from Jan 2021) Category (options listed HERE)
- If relevant, name of writer(s) / composer(s)
- Type of show – e.g. drama, comedy, musical, etc.
- Some background and information about the show
- Ticket price(s) for the public to view the show
- URL where the public can see it
- Running time
- Any relevant dates / times – e.g. available from/until, or specific screening times
- If there is a ticket price, details of how our assessors can view it (which may include a different URL)
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 an online festival.
OnComm Awardees 2020
(please note that we cannot guarantee that all links will still be working – some shows may no longer be available as the rights may have expired)
OnComm #100: The Poltergeist / from Tramp & Jack Silver & Southwark Playhouse / Unfortunately this show is no longer available to view.
Love Screens / Open / View at https://www.scenesaver.co.uk/?s=love+screens
Beige / MAGNA / Final shows on 4 (captioned performance) & 5 December 2020: wegottickets.com/wearemagna
Agent Venture / The Adventure Is Real / View at https://www.agentventure.com/
In the Absence of Silence / Chickenshed / view at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9RnRxg88Fg
The Man / performed by Patrick McPherson / Zac Peel for Beige Company Productions / previously performed live at The Lion & Unicorn / Unfortunately the show is no longer available online.
We Step Outside and Start to Dance / by Alison Carr / View at www.westarttodance.com/experience
The Dirty 30 II: Electric Pay-Per-View / Degenerate Fox Theatre / View at https://degeneratefox.co.uk/
Apollo 13: The Dark Side of The Moon / by Torben Betts / Original Theatre Co / View at https://bit.ly/32tXBoc
Press Play: Mirrors / Feast / Half Acre / You Give Me Butterflies / Popelei & Emma Blackman / Unfortunately, these shows are no longer available.
Cupid’s Corner / by Parade Stone, directed by Raz Golden, produced by Keith Weiss / View at https://www.scenesaver.co.uk/production/cupids-corner/
The Digital Caravan Theatre Series 2: three plays: Water; Time; Rage / Small Truth Theatre partnering with Greenwich Council & University of Hertfordshire Arts / View at http://www.caravantheatre.co.uk
Flight Paths / from Extant / online version co-commissioned by The Space / original prodn jointly with Yellow Earth / View at http://flightpaths.extant.org.uk/
Breathe / by Neil Bebber / part of Unfolded 2020 at Bread & Roses Theatre / View at https://www.scenesaver.co.uk/production/breathe/
Globaleyes / Chickenshed / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2tN8Rxi8zE&feature=youtu.be
Godspell – The Concert / Ginger Quiff Media & Hope Mill Theatre / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available.
Rathband / from Extant / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d-f6dJjBxc
SpaceXPat / by Vince LiCata / Andy Jordan Productions / part of Online@SpaceUK Festival 2020 / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3446&v=mMwNX4A2bHg&.
Doing The Book Club / Northern Comedy Theatre / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kFLuLwOqk8&feature=youtu.be
138: Last Day / People Show / Unfortunately, the show is no longer available to view.
Not So Quiet on the Welsh Front / Front Room Theatre / Reading Online Fringe Festival / View at https://youtu.be/UnkSmxxjeNM
For Quality Purposes / Stan’s Internet Café / View at https://bit.ly/2SzZ0EF
Before After – A Musical Love Story / The Grey Area Theatre Company / Unfortunately, the show is no longer available to view
The Telephone / Jessie Anand Productions / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7_KhhW3SVc&feature=youtu.be
Rose / by Martin Sherman / Ginger Quiff Media, Hope Mill Theatre, Julian Stoneman MPSI Ltd / Unfortunately, the show is no longer available.
The Tempest / The Lord Chamberlain’s Men / View at www.tlcm.co.uk
The Boss Of It All / New Perspectives, Soho Theatre & Derby QUAD / Unfortunately this show is no longer available.
Giddy Tuppy / by Laura Horton / 2.0 Fest at the Space Theatre / view at: https://bit.ly/3gziP8B
Death of A Hunter / by Rolf Hochhuth / Finborough / View at https://youtu.be/6TsWYuikhwE
Contemporary Political Ethics (Or, How To Cheat) / Traverse 3 / Audio only podcast / Unfortunately, this is no longer available to listen to.
The Ockendon Witch / by Richard Margrave / Hoar Frost Productions / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MINoe63k-Is
Jury / Park Theatre / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu7RG-gcIfY
Digital Caravan Theatre: Spirit of Carnival, Enough, September Skies: 3 audio plays / Small Truth Theatre / View at https://caravantheatre.co.uk
Jess / Stephanie Silver / GlassHalfFull Theatre / View at https://youtu.be/Rt6Uwr3QflE
Hollow / David Kent Productions / View at https://www.misterdavidkent.com/musicals/hollow
Turkey Sausage Roll / Karen Cogan commissioned by HOME & RADA / View at https://homemcr.org/checkout/?pid=397490
The Plague Thing and Stranded / Marcia Kelson / Putney Arts / TheSpace (Edinburgh) / View these shows at: The Plague Thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvAutg87PyU / Stranded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY3hRzlKFcs
Love/Ruin / by Luke Stapleton / 2.0 Fest at the Space Theatre / view at: https://bit.ly/3gziP8B
Birdsong Online / Original Theatre Co & Birdsong Prodns / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available to view.
SNOWFLAKE: Visual EP / MPTheatricals / View at https://youtu.be/70k8P8dQRhI
The Habit of Art / Original Theatre Co / Unfortunately, this is no longer available to view
May Day / by Grace Chapman / 2.0 Fest at the Space Theatre / view at: https://bit.ly/3gziP8B
So Much Stuff / by Annie Fox / 2.0 Fest at the Space Theatre / View at: https://bit.ly/3gziP8B
Detachment / by Andrew Bruce-Lockhart / Blueberry Goose Theatre / Online@theSpaceUK / View at https://bit.ly/2DINpPu
Scrounger / by Athena Stevens / Finborough Theatre / Unfortunately this is no longer available to view.
After the Turn: The Mystery of Bly Manor / Nine Knocks Theatre / Online@theSpaceUK / View at https://online.thespaceuk.com/watch-shows/theatre
Alice, A Virtual Theme Park / Creation Theatre & Big Telly Theatre / View at https://www.creationtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/alice/
Moment of Grace / Backstory Ensemble / Actors Centre / National HIV Story Trust / Unfortunately no longer available but info at https://www.actorscentre.co.uk/theatre/moment-of-grace
It’s True. It’s True. It’s True / Breach Theatre / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzpSZAr_iEk
My Darling Christopher / Hot Coals Theatre / View at https://homemcr.org/production/my-darling-christopher/
Doing Shakespeare / Northern Comedy Theatre / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvj6zrmih8k&feature=youtu.be
Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow / Chickenshed / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxXzMcrZXYg
The Space Between / by David Hunter & Caroline Kay / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jMCO4shFMI&feature=youtu.be
Patricia Gets Ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her) / by Martha Watson Allpress / from Nur Khairiyah Bte Ramli / View at https://readingfringefestival.co.uk/whats-on/patricia-gets-ready-in-360/
I, Cinna (The Poet) / Tim Crouch / Unicorn Theatre / This may be able to view via https://www.unicorntheatre.com/Cinna
The House Of Bernarda Alba / Graeae & Royal Exchange Theatre / unfortunately (due to rights issues) this is no longer available to view online.
One Jewish Boy / Ed Littlewood Prodns, Greenwich Theatre, Norel Prodns, Scene Change, Trafalgar Studios / View at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/onejewishboy
Within / Threedumb Theatre / View at https://www.scenesaver.co.uk/production/within/
North Country / Freedom Studios / View at https://bit.ly/2ZZ2THx
Keeping the Faith / Monkeydog Productions / View at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiDTzysNwpOdm03FPGJc2Uqw1a-_RGLx9
Blowin’ in the Wind / Chickenshed / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evl1mD3tXtQ
366 Days / Philip Holt and Fred Gray / View at https://vimeo.com/427928576
The Lady Killers / Double Trouble Theatre Co / View at https://youtu.be/ifUm3Pcs2-I
Bare E-ssentials / Encompass Productions / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4rbSIGLdUo
Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Symmetric Mailshot / CtrlAlt_Repeat / View at https://bit.ly/3hEEsWy
SNARED in Africa / Touted Folly / Listen (this is an audio production) at https://www.snaredinafrica.com/podcast
The White Hart / Lights Down Productions / View at https://www.scenesaver.co.uk/production/the-white-hart/
Love, Love, Love / Lyric Hammersmith / BBC Lockdown Theatre Festival / Listen to mid July at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08fw06m
Continuity / Finborough / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BatJI1e81C0&feature=youtu.be
The Jar / Take Your Seats Festival / New Theatre Dublin / View at https://www.scenesaver.co.uk/production/the-jar/
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
Oranges & Ink / by Claire Louise Amias / view at https://www.scenesaver.co.uk/production/the-masks-of-aphra-behn/
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/
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