Pleasance Futures

Offering artist development and support both on and off the stage

To develop and nurture creative ambition

Pleasance Futures is the artist development strand of The Pleasance, acting as an incubator for bold new theatre makers to make their mark. Pleasance Futures is committed to discovering and supporting the most exciting new theatrical voices, nurturing the development of emerging companies, young performers and new writers.


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





Pleasance Theatre Trust is a charity. 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.


 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.


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