Young Pleasance Graduate Company

Support for emerging theatre makers

XYP is our Young Pleasance graduate company, an initiative designed to offer emerging theatre makers, previously participants of Young Pleasance, the opportunity to develop a company. We provide the vital and tailored support they need to produce their first piece of work at the Fringe.

Who is it for?

Theatre companies where at least 40% of the company must have come directly from our Young Pleasance programme.  


What do you get?

We offer up to £5,000 financing and support from Pleasance towards the cost of presenting your show at the Fringe, including:

  • A guaranteed slot in our Pleasance Edinburgh programme

  • A programming option in our London transfer run post-Fringe

  • Edinburgh Fringe Registration and brochure fees covered

  • Travel expenses

  • PR support and additional marketing presence as part of our Pleasance Futures campaigns.

  • Mentorship, support and advice leading up to and during the Fringe.

  • Rehearsal and development space

  • Sharing & Work Space at our London theatre

  • Support to develop and deliver accessible performances (including the provision of captioned performances) as part of your run.

How to Apply?

Sumbissions will open in late 2022 for Edinbrugh Festival Fringe 2023.



Artist Testimony

'We can say without a shred of doubt in our minds that the most influential, instrumental and galvanising step in the creation of our theatre company was being granted the status of XYP 2018.'

Clay Party, XYP Company 2018

'To have had the opportunity to kickstart our careers and our company at such a prestigious venue and with such invaluable support is a huge privilege and something to which we will always be indebted.'

Spies Like Us, XYP Company 2017

'As a company we have grown up, learned and trained together for over 3 years (since the age of 15) with Edinburgh Festival Fringe and London Fringe experience.  From working with the Young Pleasance we understand and are capable of rising to the rigorous demands of this world-renowned arts festival.  2014 saw the Pleasance celebrate its 30th anniversary and Young Pleasance was at the heart of these celebrations demonstrating the venue’s on-going desire to foster and nurture new talent and enable young actors, practitioners and directors to create their own work.'

Incongntio, XYP Company 2016



XYP started in 2006 with an all-male version of The Tempest. The following year they presented, Faustus, which was a devised and developed piece of new writing that won the ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ award.  A good example of XYP activity is provided by the “Incognito” theatre company of ex-Young Pleasance participants, who have been supported within the XYP model.  In 2014 the company staged Government Inspector at the Festival in August and, following strong reviews from audience and critics alike, it was performed at Pleasance, London for a Christmas run which was also a huge success.  In 2015, Incognito presented a sell-out run of Dorian Gray, and during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 they presented a new adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front to critical acclaim with a New York transfer, another successful Christmas run at Pleasance London, and a return to the Fringe in 2017. Other companies largely comprising of ex-Young Pleasance performers and directors that have gone on to create their own work supported by us include Greenlight and Parting Shot.


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