The lockdown has been an extraordinary time for theatre, presenting challenges and threats to existing ways of working – to which creative practitioners and managers have responded with innovation and resilience.  OffWestEnd is pleased to announce the ONEOFF special award to recognise the achievements of independent, fringe & alternative venues, companies, festivals and other initiatives in these difficult times.

ONEOFF winners are listed below and further ONEOFF awards will be announced from time to time.

Anyone can make a nomination for a ONEOFF award: all you need to do is email explaining why this nominee (venue, show, individual or other initiative) deserves an award.  The email should include any relevant weblinks or images or other supporting material, and details of at least two other people (not directly linked to the nominee) who can be contacted regarding the nomination.

Information on our other awards can be found by clicking on Offies / OffComm / OnComm.


Online Theatre Festivals

The second ONEOFF celebrates the various theatre festivals that emerged or adapted during lockdown to host and promote dozens of online shows in the absence of actual venues.  In particular, this award acknowledges the efforts of the following online initiatives: the Online Fringe Festival, the BBC Lockdown Theatre Festival, Shedinburgh, Online@theSpaceUK, the Reading Fringe Festival, the Wandsworth Arts Fringe and the Thornhill Theatre Space Virtual Fringe Festival.

“Fanny and Stella”

The first ONEOFF acknowledges the first live “off west end” production since lockdown began back in March 2020.  Against many odds, LAMBCO Productions opened “Fanny & Stella” at the Garden Theatre at the Eagle on 3 August 2020.