Young Pleasance

Pleasance Theatre's award-winning young company

Applications open for Young Pleasance 2017

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.

Celebrating it's 21st year, the current Young Pleasance company returned from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 with outstanding reviews after a successful run of Alice Unhinged.


Current opportunities

Edinburgh Residential 2017 - applications now open!

22 - 31 July (London Rehearsals) & 2 - 20 August (Edinburgh Performances)

For the last 21 years the Young Pleasance has created and produced an original production for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Applications are now open to join the Young Pleasance for it’s 22nd year at the fringe. 

The residential is open to young creatives (both in performing and non-performing roles) aged 16 to 21 who can demonstrate their skills through a workshop audition or interview.

For 2017, we can offer the following roles:

  • Performers 
  • Technician(s): Lighting/Sound Technician or Assistant Stage Manager 
  • Costume Assistant
  • Assistant Producer 

The production is created within an intensive 10 day rehearsal period in July and then premiered at the fringe in August. For further information on the roles and the residential, download our info pack


Application process

To apply, please complete our online application form by 10am on Monday 30th January. We will then be in touch with your audition/interview time-slot (between 10.30am and 5pm).

Workshop auditions/interviews (Pleasance Theatre, Islington)

  • First round: Saturday 4th February
  • Second round: Sunday 19th February

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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