Edinburgh National Partnerships

Supporting artists from across the UK bringing work to the Edinburgh Fringe

About the Edinburgh National Partnerships Initiative

What is it?

The Pleasance is working with four partner theatres across the UK to identify and support exceptional artists and companies local to them who want to take work to the Fringe. Each partner is a leading national producing house, with a commitment to supporting and developing new artists. This programme recognises the extraordinary work being created outside London, and hopes to provide tangible support to these companies to present at the Fringe. Together, we hope to make a substantial contribution to develop the next generation of leading theatre-makers and companies.


In 2020 our partner organisations are:

  • Bristol Old Vic Ferment
  • Leicester Curve
  • Manchester HOME
  • York Theatre Royal

Who is it for?

Working with our partner theatres we will identify dynamic artists at different stages in their careers. Each partner theatre’s submission process will be different, but the primary aim of the scheme remains the same; to uncover and support the best companies and artists from across the UK to present work at the Fringe!

What do you get?

  • £1,500 financing from the Pleasance towards the costs of presenting your show at the Fringe
  • Guaranteed inclusion within our Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme
  • Edinburgh Fringe registration covered by local partner theatre
  • One-week minimum of in-kind rehearsal and development space from local partner theatre.
  • A programming option in our London transfer run post-Fringe
  • Mentorship, support and advice from both local partner theatre and the Pleasance leading up to, and during the Fringe
  • Support to develop and deliver accessible performances as part of your run

Applications take place through our partner venues, see below for more details

HOME Manchester Award: Details on the submission process for HOME will be available from homemcr.org/about/jobs

Leicester Curve Award: Submissions will open week commencing 16th Dec. Full details on the process for the Leicester Curve Award will be available from https://www.curveonline.co.uk/get-involved/artist-development/

York Theatre Royal Award: Submissions for the York Theatre Royal Award will open via their website yorktheatreroyal.co.uk. Join their mailing list to find out more: [email protected]

Bristol Old Vic Award: Details on submission process for the Bristol Old Vic award will be available from bristololdvic.org.uk/ferment.


“We are really excited to be part of this project, it’s an excellent way of supporting local artists with taking work to Edinburgh. Financially making the Fringe work can be very tough, it’s important that venues can come together to work on projects like this to ease that burden.” Kevin Jamieson, Head of Talent Development, HOME

“Our 2019 partnership with The Pleasance was hugely exciting and fruitful.  We were delighted to be able to support The Roaring Girls with their show Beach Body Ready.  Happily, this relationship has continued and the show now forms part of our upcoming season for Spring 2020. This initiative has proved a wonderful chance for us to directly connect with a range of artists and companies, hear their ideas and, hopefully, enable the next stage of their development. We are excited to see what projects are in the making this year." John R. Wilkinson, Artistic Associate, York Theatre Royal

“It’s brilliant to partner with an organisation like the Pleasance on an offer that will help an artist or company from the South West get their show up to the Fringe. The economics of the Fringe are tough and getting tougher, and in the current climate the support of venues and organisations to help the very best emerging work find a platform on this amazing international stage is vital.” Ben Atterbury, Producer, Bristol Old Vic Ferment

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Pleasance to champion theatre-makers outside of London. At Curve, we recognise some of the specific barriers regional artists face and by sharing our expertise and offering a package of financial, logistical, artistic and pastoral support around them, we hope to enable and advocate for brilliant regional new work at the fringe. We are delighted to be part of this dynamic partnership of regional venues along with the Pleasance, offering this strategic opportunity which reflects our mutual passion to see regional artists flourish nationally and internationally.”Beth Shouler, New Work Associate at Curve


You can find our more about our Edinburgh artist support initiatives here

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