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Lyric Hammersmith Theatre presents

Evolution 2022: Evolution Scratches

As part of the Bill Cashmore Award 2022
01 - 02 Mar 2022
Running time
60 minutes
Film & TV Studio

A showcase of brand new 10-minute scratch performances, created by trainees from the Lyric’s flagship industry-leading SPRINGBOARD programme.

Trainees from the Lyric’s flagship industry-leading SPRINGBOARD programme will give their first ever performances at the theatre showcasing brand new 10-minute scratch performances created entirely by them. One of these Scratch ideas will be awarded the Bill Cashmore Award and will go on to be developed into a full length play for Evolution Festival 2023.

SPRINGBOARD is our ground-breaking, free two-year training programme providing unrivalled theatre-based training and development opportunities to nurture the next generation of performers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and groups underrepresented in theatre. The first year of the programme launches in January 2022.

About the Bill Cashmore Award: 

The Bill Cashmore Award enables young and emerging artists to transform a fledgling idea from the page to the professional stage. Run in conjunction with the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, The Bill Cashmore Award is open to submissions by writers, directors and performers between the ages of 18 and 25, who live or work in West London. The Award provides a unique opportunity to learn theatre from the inside out; to experience what it is to produce a play to a professional standard; to develop skills in a supportive and encouraging environment; and to have a springboard and a calling card to get started in this most challenging of industries.

Award founder, Sasha Bates, set up the Award in 2018 after the tragic, sudden death of her husband, actor, playwright, director and entrepreneur Bill Cashmore. She wanted to keep Bill’s memory alive by honouring his love of theatre and offering something of his spirit of inclusion and opportunity to those who may otherwise struggle to get a foot on the theatrical ladder.

The aim of this Award is that it should provide an opportunity for someone to whom it might not otherwise be available, to help that person to find their voice and learn to express it through the medium of theatre, and to thereby create an outstanding piece of theatre.

It further aims to promote new writing and progressive ideas; reflect something of the inequality of the world around us; be experimental in concept and execution; foster new learning; promote integrated ways for collaborating; and most importantly provide a platform to those who deserve to be heard but are often overlooked.

The Bill Cashmore Award provides creative young artists with an opportunity to discover their voices and learn to express them through theatre. The Award aims to promote experimental new writing which reflects the diversity of today’s world, and to thereby create outstanding work while providing a platform to those who deserve to be heard but are all too often overlooked.”  Sasha Bates

Click here to explore the full Evolution Festival 2022 programme of events.


Photography by Nahwand Jaff