Regional Associates Programme

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

About the Regional Associates Programme

What is it?

The Pleasance is working with five 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 2019 our 5 partner organisations were:

  • Bristol Old Vic Ferment
  • Leicester Curve
  • Manchester HOME
  • Royal & Dengate Northampton
  • 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

Applications take place through our partner venues. 

“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.” Jennie McCusker, Head of Talent Development, HOME

“We’re really excited to be a partner on this project to support artists from our region to take their work to Edinburgh. It’s a brilliant opportunity for us to connect to new ideas and take them to the next stage of their development. We look forward to lots of brilliant plans coming our way!” John Tomlinson, Producer, York Theatre Royal

“Opportunities to support artists in our region to create, develop and perform new work are vital and so we are extremely delighted to partner on this programme.” Erica Martin, Creative Learning Associate, Royal and Derngate Generate

“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

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