Pleasance Futures

Offering artist development and support both on and off the stage

To develop and nurture creative ambition

Pleasance Futures is at the very heart of the Pleasance. 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 recognise how important it is to help open the door for talent, creating opportunities, supporting ambition and encouraging excellence. Our key charitable aims are to foster innovation in performance and to offer valuable artistic opportunities to young creatives. We call this wealth of artist development and support Pleasance Futures.


Our Pleasance Futures initiatives includes year round work across our home venue Pleasance Islington and Edinburgh venues during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.




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 reinvested straight back into these valuable programmes. 


“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.

 Artist Testimony

“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 

Charity No 1050944. And in Scotland SC043237.


PDF icon Pleasance Futures Artist Support 2019.pdf

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