Pleasance Theatre Trust Now Accepting Applications for 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Pleasance Theatre Trust Now Accepting Applications for 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Pleasance Theatre Trust has announced that applications for performers to take part in its programme at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe are now open. The forthcoming festival season, which takes place from 30th July - 25th August 2014, marks the 30th Anniversary of the Pleasance. Welcoming applications from companies at all stages in their careers, the Pleasance curates a world renowned programme comprising of the best Theatre, Comedy and Children's shows from around the globe.

Performers can submit their productions for consideration by the Pleasance's programming team via an online form at

Anthony Alderson, Director of the Pleasance Theatre Trust, says; "Every year we open our doors to the world's greatest ideas and never fail to be amazed by the fresh, innovative and compelling productions that are uncovered. As a not-for-profit charity, we are committed to providing a platform for up and coming acts, who share centre stage at the Pleasance with some of the biggest names in entertainment. We cannot wait to see the rich variety of work that will play a major part in our landmark 30th anniversary celebrations".

Since 1984, the Pleasance has grown to become one of the most prestigious venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and now consists of 2 sites - the Courtyard and Dome - with 22 performance spaces ranging from 50 to 750 seat capacities. In 2013 the Pleasance accounted for 25% of all tickets sold on the Fringe with a programme consisting of 240 separate productions playing to an audience of over 450,000 people. Box Office revenue is split between the company and venue, with the Pleasance's share being reinvested into the charity, which houses a year-round development hub of theatres, rehearsal rooms and studios in Islington, London. A great number of the acts in the Pleasance Edinburgh programme develop and showcase work at Pleasance London prior to taking it to the festival.

On the development of the Festival Fringe in the venue's 30 year history, Alderson states; "The Fringe has continued to grow so that it is now one of the industry's most important tributaries. There is however no doubt that it has also become an increasingly expensive environment for both acts and venues. It is our aim at the Pleasance not only to provide stages to perform on, but also a fully integrated support system both before and during the Fringe that enables acts to maximise their exposure and concentrate on doing what they do best. We passionately believe in the value of the work produced on the Fringe and as a charity trust endeavour to protect and support this for years to come".

Applications are open as of today, Tuesday 3rd December 2013.

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