The OffComm is the Offies Commendation which aims recognise the excellence of both short run shows at OffWestEnd venues and independent theatre outside London. It was launched in 2019. The OffComm for shows in Greater Manchester was launched in July 2021.
To be eligibe for an OffComm, there needs to be a minimum of 3 performances – and, in London, a maximum of 9 performances (more than 9 performances would mean the show is likely to be eligible for the Offies awards). For shows outside Greater London, there is no maximum no of performances.
A number of online reviewers and bloggers have agreed to participate in each OffComm scheme and a company / producer / venue needs to invite these reviewers to their show – send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for details of these reviewers.
If reviewers are able to attend, and they give the show a good review (4-5*), then they will recommend the show for an OffComm. If there are two or more such recommendations, the show will receive an OffComm.
The list of OffComms announced for 2021 is below, for both Greater Manchester and London:
Scheme launched July 2021 – first awards now announced:
The Hunchback of Notre Dame / National Youth Music Theatre / Manchester Cathedral / Aug 2021
Rent / Hope Mill Theatre / Aug-Sept 2021
Catching Comets / performed by Alastair Michael / written & directed by Piers Black / Ransack Theatre / Pleasance 14-19 Sept 2021
Gay Generations / by Michael McManus and Charlie Ross Mackenzie / White Bear Theatre
Truth/Reconciliation / written & directed by Matthew Gouldesbrough / Elegy Theatre / Old Red Lion
Tell Me Straight / by Paul Bradshaw / Gartland Productions / Queer Season at the King’s Head Theatre
Coppelia / choreographed by William Spencer / from Peter Bull for LAMBCO Prodns / Garden Theatre
Bleach / written, performed & produced by Dan Ireland-Reeves / Garden Theatre
Head/Lining / written & perf by Charlie Heptinstall, directed by Matt Strachan / Pleasance London
Tethered (or the Adventures of the Adequately Excited People) / ChewBoy Productions / Lion& Unicorn
Queen Mab / Flux Theatre, Arsalan Sattari Prodns & Iris Theatre / Iris Theatre Summer Festival
Don’t Ask Don’t Get Baby / Happy Accident Theatre / Space Theatre
The Octopus / Playmill at the Kings Head Theatre / July 2021
Shoes to Fill / Iris Theatre and Fair Play Productions / Iris Theatre Summer Festival / July 2021
Hematoma / Moonloaf / Lion & Unicorn / June 2021