Offering a variety of initiatives to artists on and off the stage
To develop and nurture creative ambition
Pleasance is a registered charity and for over 30 years we have provided a valuable platform and launch pad for a huge collection of artists, both at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Pleasance Islington. We have also supported a great many individuals in associated creative, administrative and technical roles within the arts. Our key charitable aims are to foster innovation in performance across a wide spectrum of creative opportunities and to offer valuable artistic opportunities to young creatives. We call this wealth of artist development and support Pleasance Futures.
To find our about how we are supporting artists and companies for 2019, check out our Pleasance Futures Artist Support here.
All the work carried out by Pleasance Futures is funded directly through donations from Trusts and Foundations, individuals and business. Any profit from the Pleasance is ploughed straight back into these valuable programmes. Do you want to help nurture the next generation of theatre creatives? Find out more about how you could support Pleasance Futures here.
Our Pleasance Futures initiatives includes year round work across our home venue Pleasance Isligton and Edinburgh venues during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
- Reading Week
- The Market Project
- Young Pleasance
- Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund
- Edinburgh Associates
- Volunteer Programme
- Edinburgh Artist Support
“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.
“Receiving the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund was amazing for our company in so many ways. It’s not just the money, which is of course very useful and burden lifting, it’s also the support you receive from the Pleasance staff - their extensive knowledge, quick response to any issue and production support was invaluable. Since the Fringe has ended, we have been contacted by venues around the country, as well as in America, Canada, Hong Kong and Peru!” Strictly Arts, Charlie Hartill Theatre Reserve Recipient 2018
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