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
  • 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

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