Pleasance Futures

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.

All the work carried out by Pleasance Futures is funded directly through donations from Trusts and Foundations, individuals and business. In addition, any profit from the Pleasance is ploughed straight back into these valuable programmes.

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


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

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


Charity No 1050944. And in Scotland SC043237.

Want to help nurture the next generation of theatre creatives? Find out more about how you could support Pleasance Futures here.



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.

 Artist Testimony

"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 


Sign up to our artist newsletter