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Pleasance Theatre Trust

Pleasance Edinburgh opened as part of the 1985 Festival Fringe, and thirty seasons later the Pleasance has become one of the biggest and most highly respected venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The Pleasance Theatre Islington has been one of the most exciting Fringe theatres in London since it opened its doors in 1995, providing a launch pad for some of the most memorable productions and renowned practitioners of the past decade and staying true to its mission of providing a platform for the talent of the future. We host a year-round programme of theatre and comedy for adults and children alike.
For over 30 years the Pleasance has provided a platform and launch pad for a great many artists at both the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at Pleasance London. The Pleasance has also supported a great many individuals in associated creative, administrative and technical roles. We call this wealth of experience and support Pleasance Futures.
Pleasance Futures offers a variety of initiatives for an array of individuals both on and off stage including the Young Pleasance youth theatre and Edinburgh residency, our Associate Companies, regular Scratch nights, Litmus Fest of exciting new work, as well as awards and mentoring for ambitious young artists.
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.

    We have worked with Pleasance Theatre on four occasions over the last year and we have found them to be an excellent organisation to partner with. The theatre have hosted four workplace visits for local primary schools, coordinated through Inspire! as part of our iDiscover programme. At each event, 30 pupils have spent 90 minutes meeting Technicians at the theatre, learning about their jobs and taking part in hands-on activities to experience lighting and sound tech within the theatre. We have found all staff to be extremely professional, welcoming and they have communicated brilliantly with this age group (8-9). I would highly recommend Pleasance Theatre for their work with schools and young people.
    Lucinda Worlock, Inspire! Education Business Partnership


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