Continuing to nurture and support ambitious young companies

About XYP...

XYP is an initiative designed to offer young theatre companies making their first pieces of work the chance to be co-produced by the Pleasance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Most XYP companies will still be in education – whether under- or postgraduate - and at least 40% of the company must have come directly from our Young Pleasance company.  


The opportunity offers a chance for young people to develop the learnings gained from being part of the Young Pleasance, having an experience that’s tailored to them and their own work.


By co-producing the young artists' own work, we give them the opportunity to refine their practice under our overall supervision and guidance.  


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.  


We are pleased to announce our new XYP company, Spies Like Us, who will be presenting 'Our Man In Havana' in Pleasance Below at the Edinburgh Fringe 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.


[From the Incognito company – “We are an all-male company of young, exciting new acting talent first discovered by the Young Pleasance.  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.”]



Applications to be an XYP company will open each January and all companies that wish to apply will be asked to submit a proposal for their production. To find out more, please contact heather@pleasance.co.uk

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