Young Pleasance

Pleasance Theatre's award-winning young company

Edinburgh Residential, London Workshops and Writers Group

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 24 years the company have established an excellent reputation at the fringe with audiences and critics alike.

Based at Pleasance Islington, the company rehearses and performs regularly in London and its other home in Edinburgh. Currently Young Pleasance are operating our London Workshops, our Edinburgh Residential and will shortly be announcing our Young Pleasance Writers Group.


Edinburgh Residential 2019

Applications for the Young Pleasance Edinburgh Residential are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.

  • To find out more about the Residential, read our info pack here
  • Check out our audition poster
  • If you have any questions, contact

To be eligible, you must be:

  • Age 16-21 in August 2019
  • Available for auditions/interviews on Fri 4 Jan and Sun 12 Jan 2019
  • Available for rehearsals and performances in London and Edinburgh from approx 20 July to 19 August 2018
  • A versatile performer with vocal and physical skills OR interested in a backstage role ie stage management, lighting, sound or costume

Watch a video testimonial from past members of the Young Pleasance to find out more about the experience.


Young Pleasance London Workshops

Young Pleasance London is the new ensemble for theatremakers aged 16 - 25 at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington, launched in September 2018. After 24 years of creating exciting, devised, physical theatre for the Edinburgh Fringe, the reputation of the Pleasance's youth theatre has been firmly established as a "launchpad for new talent and ideas" (Theatre Weekly). This year we are proud to have launched a new group, Young Pleasance London, for performers and theatremakers ages 16-25.  

  • Our mission is to create a diverse, inclusive, innovative and socially responsible youth theatre focusing on new writing. This dynamic company will exist to develop the voices of young artists. 

These workshops will culminate in the inaugural project from Young Pleasance London, four scratch evenings titled 'Words in Progess', taking place Dec 14 - 16 2018. Tickets available here.

Applications for YP London are currently closed. If you have any questions, or if we can provide any further information, please contact Andrew Pritchard, Director of Young Pleasance London:


Young Pleasance London: Playwriting Competition

We are not only looking for young actors to join the company, new writing will also be at the heart of Young Pleasance London.

We are looking for inspiring monologues from aspiring playwrights to enter our new playwriting competition. From the submissions, we will select a shortlist of approximately 20 monologues that will be performed by the Young Pleasance London company at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington, in December 2018 as their inaugural production. After this performance, 1 monologue will look to be selected as the foundation of a new play we hope to devise, develope and perform by the same company in 2019. The writer of this winning play will be invited to join the company as resident playwright - from research and development workshops, through to rehearsals, and finally to the production itself in spring 2019.

Applications to submit a monologue are NOW CLOSED


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 Young Pleasance Graduate Company - a programme specifically designed for Young Pleasance alumni. Find out more


Press highlights from previous productions

For The Red Shoes, Young Pleasance 2018

★★★★★ “An absolute triumph” British Theatre Guide
★★★★★ “Sizzling...exceptional piece of work'' Fringe Review
★★★★ “Flawless, bursting with energy” Theatre Weekly
★★★★ “This talented cast is one to watch” TheatreBox Blog
★★★★ “Well performed classic” Southside Adventurer

For Curse of Cranholme Abbey, Young Pleasance 2017

★★★★★ "A chilling, dark and spooky show that holds the audience in its clutches from start to finish" Voice Magazine

★★★★★ "Young Pleasance are always one of the hottest tickets at the Edinburgh Fringe" 730 Review

★★★★ "Everything you could want in a thriller...sure to have you on the edge of your seat" Fringe Guru

For Alice Unhinged, Young Pleasance 2016

★★★★★ "Undoubtedly 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

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

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


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