The Pleasance celebrates 33 years on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer by adding its specially commissioned mobile theatre, appropriately Venue 33, to its complex. Plus, today (Thursday 20 April 2017), the Pleasance Theatre Trust announces 132 more shows on sale across all its venues with an array of exciting newcomers and Festival favourites highlighting the pages of Edinburgh Fringe 2017 programme, which is launched on 7 June.
Beyond the myriad Comedy highlights, in the Pleasance’s Theatre programme, Cardboard Citizens come to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time with a legislative theatre version of Cathy, following their one-off theatrical re-staging of Ken Loach’s seminal work Cathy Come Home at the Barbican last July and a successful forum theatre tour last autumn. Bristol-based Wardrobe Ensemble bring their new show Education, Education, Education, marking their Pleasance debut!
The Theatre programme also presents a couple of outstanding shows supported by Hull UK City of Culture 2017, including A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) written by Jon Brittain. Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund-supported theatre show Flesh and Bone by Unpolished Theatre also makes its Fringe debut this year at the Pleasance and graduates of the Pleasance’s “XYP” scheme Incognito Theatre return with their sell-out 2016 show All Quiet on the Western Front.
20 April sees four more shows go on sale as part of the British Council Showcase: Girls, Home, Plan B for Utopia and Testosterone. Pleasance also welcomes Sapiens, a new show from the Pit Theatre which is directed by David Byrne, the artistic director of the New Diorama Theatre. Worklight Theatre, who won a Fringe First award for their show Labels in 2015, come back to the Pleasance with a new production, Monster.
Theatre Ad Infinitum, celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, bring their critically-acclaimed shows Translunar Paradise and The Odyssey back to Edinburgh Fringe.
The Scottish Drama Training Network (SDTN) and Pleasance Theatre Trust have developed a new initiative to support Acting, Performance and Technical Theatre graduates from Scotland’s Colleges and Higher Education Institutions as they make the transition from training to industry. The initiative will see a new show produced for the Pleasance’s Fringe programme every year. This year’s production is Snowflake, directed by Mark Thomson, former Artistic Director of the Lyceum Theatre Company. More details to follow soon!
The Children’s programme includes Tall Stories presenting their Future Perfect: can Dominic change the past and make his future perfect? This is Tall Stories’ second show on sale, joining a musical adaptation of one of the best-loved books in The Gruffalo’s Child.
These 132 titles join the 25 Pleasance shows already on sale which included French dance troupe Tutu with their rhythmic and humoristic maelstrom and Theatre Re’s Nature of Forgetting, a powerful, explosive and joyous piece about what is left when memory is gone.
Anthony Alderson, Director of the Pleasance said:
“The Pleasance programme this year is truly spectacular, the work on show the very best. For seventy years the Festival Fringe has been a window for some of the greatest artists in the world. This year the Pleasance programme stands up alongside the very best of those.”
Earlier this year the Pleasance Theatre Trust announced the celebration of 33 years at Venue 33 (Pleasance Courtyard) through a commission of a brand new type of mobile venue. From an initial innovative concept created by Triple E the final pop-up 120-seat capacity ‘Project 33’ is a design collaboration between Triple E and The Pleasance. The Venue will launch at the ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) Theatre Show in June before going on to host eight shows a day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as the all new Pleasance Beside. Following the festival, the structure will move to the Pleasance in London where it will form a new rehearsal and performance space.