Young Pleasance

Pleasance Theatre's award-winning young company

Come and see us at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

Image of Alice Unhinged, Young Pleasance 2016


Young Pleasance is dedicated to offering dynamic, excellent and professional theatre opportunities for young people through workshops and large-scale productions delivered by our ambitious creative team. Having produced annual original productions for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe over the last 21 years, the company have established an excellent reputation at the fringe with audiences and critics alike.

Currently based at Pleasance Islington, the company rehearses and perform regularly in London and its other home in Edinburgh.

Since 1995, the Young Pleasance has trained hundreds of performers, musicians and technicians who have gone on to further training and careers in the industry. Once involved in the company, the Pleasance continues to nurture an individual’s creative talent and ambition through our Pleasance Futures initiatives, including XYP - a programme specifically designed for Young Pleasance alumni. Find out more.

The 2017 current Young Pleasance company have done 3 days' R&D for this year's production, Curse of Cranholme Abbey, and are looking forward to rehearsals in July, followed by a run at Pleasance Beyond at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Current Opportunities

The Young Pleasance will be hosting a 2-day workshop on 9 & 10 August at Edinburgh College for young performers ages 14-17.

Find out more about this and other Young Pleasance opportunities by contacting us at:


Press highlights from previous productions

For Alice Unhinged, Young Pleasance 2016

★★★★★ "Undoubtedley one of the must-see shows of this year's Fringe" British Theatre Guide

★★★★ "A delightful and highly entertaining piece of organised chaos. And the hats! Madness" Edinburgh Guide

"A visual treat from the get-go; a five-star opening set, and one stunning turn of costumes after another" The Scotsman 

For fringe sell-out, The Hampstead Murder Mystery! Young Pleasance 2015

★★★★★ "Not to be missed...Kill to get a ticket" British Theatre Guide

★★★★★ "Pure polished joy" EdFest Magazine

★★★★ "Energy, charm and sheer luxury in a sparkling production" The Scotsman

★★★★ "Excellent production values...dynamic and imaginative" Broadway Baby 

For #MyWay, Young Pleasance 2014

★★★★★ "This is an exuberant, high-energy, inventive production with strong ensemble performances that is totally relevant to these youngsters and is an absolute delight" British Theatre Guide

★★★★  "A genuinely funny and gratifying piece" Broadway Baby


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