Pleasance Futures

Develop and Nurture Ambition

Offering a variety of initiatives to artists on and off stage


Our Pleasance Futures initiatives include:


Young Pleasance


Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund

Edinburgh Associates

London Associates

Pleasance LABS

A Pleasance Scratch

Volunteer Programme

Training Opportunities


For over 30 years the Pleasance has provided a platform and launch pad for a great many artists at both the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at Pleasance London. The Pleasance has also supported a great many individuals in associated creative, administrative and technical roles.  We call this wealth of experience and support Pleasance Futures.


Pleasance Futures offers a variety of initiatives for an array of individuals both on and off stage. From carpenters, crew, electricians to photographers, reviewers, bloggers and film-makers the Pleasance recognises how important those first opportunities into the creative industries can be.


To find our about how we are supporting artists and companies for the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, check out our Edinburgh Artist Support pack here.


Find out more about how you could support Pleasance Futures here.


“The Pleasance has always had an open door to a multitude of bright ideas, it is our desire to maintain that open door and to give people the opportunity, confidence, ambition and skills to help them find work beyond the festival.  Four weeks at the festival can be a life changing experience and we are determined to offer the most from that opportunity.” Anthony Alderson - Director


Ever since Christopher Richardson founded the Pleasance over 30 years ago, the philosophy of support for artistic enterprise has always been at the very core of the Pleasance’s principles. That philosophy of youthful ambition, of good humour and celebration continues to infuse all new ideas and invention at the Pleasance.


Through the charity’s existing and newly developed initiatives, the Pleasance Futures umbrella is designed to bring further emphasis and resource to each aspect of the trust’s charitable enterprises, creating a network of artists, associates, mentors and supporters. We have a passion for creating opportunities, supporting ambition, encouraging excellence and building reputations.


"Our relationship with the Pleasance began with us being selected to share the opening ten minutes (of an unfinished show) at their scratch night last October.  Five months later we were selected to compete for the Charlie Hartill Theatre Reserve (with the same, still un-finished show).  Despite being unsuccessful, the Pleasance offered to support us regardless, and we were invited to take the show to Edinburgh as a Pleasance co-production.  After two sketchy work-in-progresses in London, our (just-about finished) show ran for a month at the Pleasance Dome.  And, finally, 11 months after the first scratch, we brought the (more finished) show back to Islington for a week.


 In under a year we went from having ten minutes of a potential show, to having a full-show with a run in Edinburgh, and a run in London.  As emerging artists with no money, no existing relationships with theatres, and no real experience, there is absolutely no way we could have done this without the Pleasance's encouragement and support.  To other young, poor, inexperienced artists out there with a show (or ten minutes of one), I couldn't recommend them enough." - Tom Fowler, writer, Suspicious Minds, 2017 


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