Associate Company Programme

Offering practical support to emerging theatre companies

Find out more...

Christopher Richardson’s founding principle – support for theatrical enterprise – remains at the heart of the Pleasance. It allows youthful enterprise, good humour and celebration to drive new ideas and invention.

This support has always been given as a practical resource alongside a company’s basic requirements of the presentation of their show. The addition of the rehearsal rooms to Pleasance London, allowed us to consolidate production advise and mentoring, and to expand support for companies into the provision of not just rehearsal but development space.  Many new companies work out of hours, with very little budget, so that rehearsal space, at a convenient time, and structured access to the Pleasance team under the aegis of our Associate Producer are major aspects of the support we are able to offer. 

The associate programme was established with the intention of formalising some of that support for a select number of emerging companies each year. By doing so, the Pleasance is able to have a greater input into the work that transfers from our rehearsal rooms and onto our stages, as well as giving its companies the cachet of a formal residency - something further upon which to build their reputation.


Our Associate Companies:

Silent Faces

Silent Faces Theatre was born in 2015 with the aim of making brave, ridiculous, unique and challenging devised theatre in the form of physical political fooling. Silent Faces is an integrated company of disabled and non-disabled artists, who brought their debut show, Follow Suit, to Pleasance Edinburgh in 2017.  Their next show, A Clown Show About Rain, was scratched as part of Pleasance Scratch in Oct 2017, and is being developed for the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 with support from the Pleasance.

In Bed With My Brother

In Bed with my Brother were the 2016 recipients of the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund for Theatre.  Their debut production, We Are Ian, was a smash-hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the company were nominated for the Total Theatre Award for Emerging Companies.  We Are Ian has since toured extensively in the UK, and is returning to the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Founded in August 2014, Etch has firmly established itself as a platform and a base for new and provocative work to be created. Etch aims to discover, nurture and support new writing in theatre whilst encouraging collaboration amongst emerging artists. They worked with Squint on Molly, the recipient of our 2015 Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund at the Edinburgh Fringe, and in London they have regularly presented The Daily Plays with Squint alongside a well-established series of scratch nights.  In spring 2017, Etch presented their new production, Pandora, at Pleasance Islington, to great critical acclaim.


Our Associate Company Programme is aimed at companies whose work we know and believe in, and want to give an extra push to help their reputation grow. To become a Pleasance Associate Company we need to see what you do, so please invite us to see your work, apply to be part of our scratch nights or the Litmus Fest so that we get to know you and establish a relationship.

For more information, please contact

Sign up to our artist newsletter