OffFest: 2021 for 2022

The OffFest is the Offies Commendation for shows at theatre festivals, or theatre shows at general arts festivals

This webpage covers the OffFest for festivals in 2021 (Awards 2022)

Click HERE for details of the OffFest for festivals in 2020 (2021 awards) and 2019 (2020 awards)

In 2021, the OffFest was offered to the following festivals:

  • Voila! Europe (Nov 2021) at the Cockpit Theatre, London
  • Greater Manchester Fringe (Sept 2021)
  • Edinburgh Fringe (Aug 2021) – various venues
  • Camden Fringe (Aug 2021) – various venues
  • Footprints Festival (May-July 2021) at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London
  • Brighton Fringe (May-June 2021) – focusing on online theatre
  • Living Record Festival (Feb 2021) – see below for a list of nominations 

The assessment process varies depended on the nature of the festival – some were via a team of existing online reviewers and bloggers and others were via peer reviewers.

Nominations, finalists and winners are listed below. The winners were announced at the Offies Awards Ceremony 2022 held on 20 February 2022 from 7pm, hosted by Scenesaver:


Unforgettable Girl / Elisabeth Gunawan and Created A Monster (UK)

Awakening / Ladder Art Company (Hungary) / supported by Hungarian Cultural Centre

Withered Optimism / OftheJackel (UK)

RadioLove / Studio Total (Finland)

Are You Done [Solitude_is_Bliss] / Francasixiə (Italy / UK)

Going Home / Scallabouche Theatre Co (Hungary)

Transit / Hunhu Productions (Hungary / UK / Zimbabwe)

I Am / Kupalaucy Independent Theatre Group (Belarus)



Proper Adult / written and performed by Megan Relph / Altrincham Garrick Playhouse

Toxic / by Dan Lovatt / Altrincham Garrick Playhouse

Other nominations are listed below:


Fruit Salad / Selina H Productions / Online


Bumblebee / Nathan Cassidy / Salford Arts Theatre

Krapp’s Last Tape / Rising Moon Productions / Kings Arms

Your Playground Voice is Gone / by Libby Hall / Salford Arts Theatre


Nominations are listed below:


Dark Spirits, Black Humor / InHouse Theatre / Assembly Showcatcher Online

Push / Popelei / Online

The Nobodies / by Amy Guyler / Chalk Line Theatre / EdFringe Online

Gash Theatre Gets Ghosted / Gash Theatre / Assembly Showcatcher Online

Aalaapi / La Messe Basse / Assembly Showcatcher

Open / with Megan Hill / by Crystal Skillman / Flying Carpet and The Tank / EdFringe Online

Fow / Deaf & Fabulous / Taking Flight / Summerhall Online

Mimi’s Suitcase / from Ana Bayat / Assembly Showcatcher Online  

Under the Floorboards / from Simon Shaw / Online at TheSpaceUK

Call Me Elizabeth / Kayla Boye / EdFringe Online

The Entertainment / by Katie Bonna / commissioning support from The North Wall / Summerhall Online

Dishonour / performed by Mimi M Khayisa / written & directed by Terrence Turner / EdFringe Online


1902 / by Nathan Scott Dunn / Saltire Sky Theatre / Leith Arches

Mediocre White Male / Will Close and Joe von Malachowski / Assembly Roxy

Shook / by Samuel Bailey / New Celts productions and Twisted Corners / TheSpaceUK

Madhouse / by M Craig / theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

Skank / by Clementine Bogg-Hargroves / Pleasance Courtyard

Rossetti’s Women / by Joan Greening / theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

CAMDEN FRINGE (2-29 August)

Juliet & Romeo / Giggle Riot Theatre / The Cockpit / Upstairs at the Gatehouse (to 22 Aug)


We’ll Dance on the Ash of the Apocalypse / Melissa-Kelly Franklin / Online


kiss her / Jack the Lass Theatre / Camden People’s Theatre

Village Wooing / Jonas Cemm / Etcetera Theatre

Meat Cute / Patch Plays / Hen and Chickens Theatre

The Rice Krispie Killer / Little Shadow Theatre Co / Lion & Unicorn Theatre

Naughty / by Andrew Houghton / Etcetera Theatre

Horrigan and Howell: A Sketch Too Far / Horrigan and Howell / Hope Theatre

Bad Teacher / by Erin Holland / The Queens of Cups / Etcetera Theatre

FOOTPRINTS FESTIVAL (17 May – 1 August 2021)

This festival ran at the Jermyn Street Theatre.

The Odyssey / by Homer / translated by Emily Wilson / directed by Tom Littler

Double Bill: Flanders & Swann and Lehrer / written and performed by Stefan Bednarczyk

The Shock of the Old / written and performed by Terence Blacker

On Arriving / performed by Sophia Eleni / written by Ivan Faute / directed by Cat Robey

Saviour / written and performed by Helen Reuben / directed by Donnacadh O’briain

Adorable Dora / written and performed by Rosemary Ashe / directed by Ben Stock / musical director Paul Knight

The Girl Who Was Very Good at Lying / written by Eoin McAndrew / directed by Fay Lomas  

Dazzling Divas / written & performed by Issy Van Randwyck / Musical Director Michael Haslam

How I Learned to Swim / performed by Merryl Ansah /written by Somebody Jones / directed by Khadifa Wong

Mac & More / written by Harold Pinter and James Hayes / performed by James Hayes


The focus here was on online theatre shows.

The winner for the Brighton Fringe OffFest for 2021 is:

The Tragedy of Dorian Gray / Blue Devil Productions

credit: DFPhotography

Finalists and other nominations are listed below:

Jerk / Mudlarks Theatre

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical…and Helen / Coily Dart Theatre

Am I a Terrible Person? / Ant Lightfoot / with Spun Glass & Living Record

Heads or Tails / Skye Hallam

We’re All Strangers Here / Hitcher Encounters

Charlotte Brontë Snares The Suitor / Lemon Squeeze Productions

Open Return / Blink Theatre

Doody / Aaron & Caitlin

Voices from Home / Broken Silence Theatre

The Old House / Kate Maravan

Nevergreen / We the Wonderful & Spun Glass

The Great Gatsby / Wardrobe Theatre & Wardrobe Ensemble

Sleeping Beauties / Storytelling Choir

Clean: The Musical Online / Different Theatre


Nominations are listed below:

Breaking Up With Reality/ Nod at the Fox

Dance Of A Million Pieces / Gemma Rogers & Cary Crankson

Finney’s Ghost / David Fox & Eleanor Barr

NeverGreen / The Wonderful

Omar and Lee: Shit Samaritans / Omar Ibrahim & Lee Drage

Ram of God / Theodora van der Beek

The Anarchist Mobile Library / Tessa Bide Productions

This Little World / The Giddy Round