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.
How Does it Work?
The OnComm works on a calendar year basis. Companies, producers or venues can submit their show at any time during the year, and there is no fee involved. When a show is submitted, they have to specify the categories relevant to the show.
Once the submission is approved, the show will be viewed (or listened to, if an audio show) by 2-3 assessors. The assessors can then nominate a show for an OnComm – and the nominees will be added to this webpage.
Finalists & Winners
At the end of the year, finalists in each category will be selected from across all nominees, and these will be announced in early January. The winners in each category are then be announced at the Offies awards ceremony in February / March.
The winners for shows submitted in 2020 were announced at the Offies 2021 Awards Ceremony held online on 21 February. Click HERE for a full list of 2020 OnComm nominees, finalists & winners.
There is more information below, including a page with full information about how to submit your show, and more information about the assessment process.
2021 Nominees, Finalists and Winners
2021 nominees to date are listed below:
Lear Alone / And Tomorrow Theatre Company / Elysium Theatre Company / Scenesaver / Available until 3 Sept 2021: https://www.scenesaver.co.uk/production/lear-alone/
Labyrinth Diet / by Laura Horton / Space / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available.
A Cold Supper Behind Harrods / Original Theatre Co / Available until 22 September via https://originaltheatreonline.com/productions/29/a-cold-supper-behind-harrods-on-demand
The Cancellation of Crispin Cox / by Michael Conley / produced by Alfred Taylor-Gaunt & Aisling Tara / Available until 29 August via http://www.crispincox.com
Being Mr Wickham / Original Theatre Co / Available until 22 August via https://originaltheatreonline.com/productions/28/being-mr-wickham
Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope / Mark Farrelly / from Seabright Productions / filmed at Wiltons Music Hall / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available.
A Splinter of Ice / Original Theatre Co / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available.
A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) / Seabright Productions and Silent Uproar / filmed at Wiltons Music Hall / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available.
Hello And Goodbye / Elysium Theatre Co / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available.
Cloak of Visibility / Marie-Elena Nash Productions / Space Arts Centre / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available.
Touchy / 20 Stories High / View via https://www.20storieshigh.org.uk/show/touchy/
The Barn / Tanya Truman / View via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FJ2IkfXtGo&feature=youtu.be
Blis-ta / Clean Break / Listen until 31 July via https://www.cleanbreak.org.uk/productions/blis-ta/
Making Massinger / Wiltshire Creative / View until 27 August at https://www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk/whats-on/online/making-massinger/
Private Peaceful / Barn Theatre / Boxless Theatre / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available.
A Brief List of Everyone Who Died / Patch of Blue / Finborough / View at https://www.youtube.com/user/finboroughtheatre
Rocky Road / David Adkin, Damien Tracey & Panorama Productions / Jermyn St Theatre / Unfortunately this show is no longer available
Dinosaurs & All That Rubbish / Roustabout / Watermans / View at https://www.watermans.org.uk/dinosaurs-and-all-that-rubbish-a-brand-new-online-theatre-commission/
A Killer Party / Aria Entertainment / View until 30 May via https://www.akillerparty.co.uk/
Verspertillo / Jess Duxbury / Kings Head / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available
Cells / Metta Theatre / Royal & Derngate / Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch / Stephen Joseph Theatre / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjn2czM5xow
Anthropocene: The Human Era / GymJam Theatre / Oxford Playhouse / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available
One Half of Two / Phoebe Noble / Cockpit Theatre / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available
Now or Never / Barn Theatre / Alter Ego Theatrical / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available
All on Her Own / Jack Maple & Brian Zeilinger-Goode for MZG Theatre Productions/ Unfortunately, this show is no longer available
An Elephant in the Garden / Barn Theatre / Poonamallee Productions / Exeter Northcott Theatre / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available
Talking Gods (series of 5 plays) / Arrows & Traps / View at https://www.arrowsandtraps.com/talkinggods
The Picture of Dorian Gray / Barn Theatre / Lawrence Batley Theatre / New Wolsey Theatre / Oxford Playhouse / Theatr Clwyd / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available
Cruise / Aria Entertainment / Unfortunately, this show has ended online – but will be live from 18 May – 13 June https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/cruise/
Henry V / Guildford Shakespeare Company / View until 25 Apr 21 via
The Great Gatsby / Wardrobe Theatre / Wardrobe Ensemble / View from 3-16 May 2021 via https://www.stream.theatre/season/54
Scaramouche Jones / Ginger Quiff Media / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available
Trestle / OVO Productions / Maltings Theatre / View until 10 April at https://maltingstheatre.co.uk/whats-on/trestle
Party (show for children) / Half Moon / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available
Sasha Regan’s All-Male The Pirates of Penzance / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available
To The Moon And Back (show for children) / Barmpot Theatre / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPcKBahC0DM
Chatroom / Northern Comedy Theatre / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available
Stick Man (show for children)/ Freckle Productions / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available
Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels (28 episodes) / Aegis Prodns / Finborough / View at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6Ahow3Mr6bR7cuU8YCaanKcqdxi0Kz0F
Outside / Gabrielle MacPherson / The Space / View until 12 Apr at https://space.org.uk/event/outside-livestream/
The House Never Wins / Kill The Cat Theatre / Turtle Key Arts / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available.
Metamorphosis (In Lockdown) / Tower Theatre / View at https://offwestend.com/listing/metamorphosis-in-lockdown/
The Black Cat / Threedumb Theatre / The Space / Unfortunately this show is no longer available.
Dust (show for children) / z-Arts / Half Moon Theatre / One perf left at Southbank Centre on 10 Apr: https://www.halfmoon.org.uk/dust/
Virtually Impossible / Tony Middleton / Watch via https://www.magichourshow.com/virtually-impossible
The Snow Queen / New International Encounter (NIE) / Junction Theatre / Tobacco Factory Theatres / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available.
Controversy / Maya Katherine Productions / Watch via https://www.scenesaver.co.uk/production/controversy/%20
Land Skeins / no more superheroes. / Watch via https://www.nomoresuperheroes.com/land-skeins
Typical / Soho Theatre & Nouveau Riche / View via https://sohotheatreondemand.com/show/typical
On Cloud 9 / On Cloud 9 Productions / View via https://vimeo.com/ondemand/oncloudnine
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice / Seabright Productions / View at http://www.tsamusical.com
Distanced / TwoFiveFour Prodns & 2 Bob Films / View at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLUZ_3DcOsAPLOMZv5P7CXw
Illusions of Liberty / Applecart Arts https://applecartarts.com / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available.
Bard Heads: Happy As Larry / Tortive Theatre www.tortivetheatre.com / Unfortunately, this show is no longer available to view.
The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde / Black-eyed Theatre / View at http://bit.ly/2P2WIPO
Winter Wonderland / Concrete Youth in partnership with New Theatre Hull / View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAnFIcOG1KU
Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life / Keith Alessi / View at https://online.thespaceuk.com/show/tomatoes-tried-to-kill-me-but-banjos-saved-my-life
Women’s Writes Online Festival / https://www.womenswritesfest.com/ / Unfortunately, this event can no longer be viewed.
Bard Heads: The Whirligig Of Time / Tortive Theatre https://www.tortivetheatre.com / Unfortunately this show is no longer available to view.
Jane Eyre / Black-eyed Theatre / View at https://blackeyedtheatre.ticketco.events/uk/en/e/jane_eyre
The Haunting of Alice Bowles / Original Theatre / Online until 28 Feb via https://www.originaltheatre.com/our-productions/the-haunting-of-alice-bowles/about-the-show
Broken Link / Harpy Production Co / Online until 22 Feb via https://live-stream.zarucchi.com/events/broken-link/feed#loginModal
Submitting a show for an OnComm
You can invite the OnComm assessors to view your online production or event. The assessment process is outlined in the next section below.
Click HERE for all you need to know about submitting your show for an OnComm.
There is no fee to submit your show for an OnComm but from 1 January 2021, your show must be added to the online show listings on www.offwestend.com before it can be considered for an OnComm. This is all explained when you click on the link above.
The assessment process is as follows:
- 2-3 assessors watch (or listen to) the show
- they each submit an assessment and a recommendation as to whether they think the show should get an OnComm nomination
- if they agree then the next step is simple: the show either receives an OnComm nomination or it doesn’t
- if they disagree, they discuss their assessments between themselves and come to an agreement one way or the other
- if the show receives an OnComm nomination, the contact we have will be sent an email, the show is added to this website, and a tweet sent to announce the award – via @offwestendcom
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 show, 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.