Litmus Fest

Supporting Experimentation

a work-in-progress theatre festival: Six companies present six brand new shows over six days

Applications are now open for our 2nd annual RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT festival here at Pleasance Islington, 25 Sept- 1 Oct 2017.


Apply online by MONDAY 22 MAY at 12noon by submitting this online application.

During the month of August, the Pleasance relocates to Edinburgh to run 27 performance spaces at the Festival Fringe, so often London becomes a maintenance hub. In summer 2016, it became a hive of R&D activity for developing new work and new ways of working. The findings of this development period were then presented on both our Main House and StageSpace stages over one week in September.

Are you developing a new show?

Do you need a safe space to try out a new way of working?

Would you benefit from the opportunity to present your findings in front of an audience?

If so, then Litmus Fest may well be for you…


What Pleasance are offering:

  • 2 weeks of rehearsal time

  • 2 days of onstage/technical development

  • 1 day to get in followed by 2 days of public performances

  • Guidance and mentoring from the Pleasance team

What you need to provide:

  • Ambition to develop and experiment with a specific aspect of your practice

  • 30-60min work-in-progress performance for a public audience

  • Any props or set pieces needed for the performances

  • A technician/operator for the performances

For more information please download our Litmus Fest information pack here or email

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