Futures Festival

13th May - 1st June 2024 at Pleasance London

A festival of work-in-progress shows

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About the Festival

Futures Festival showcases developing productions from leading independent performance makers and companies.


The festival is curated by Pleasance Associate Artists and each week is looking to feature three different shows exploring a theme of our current times.




Spring 2024's Futures Festival themes are:

A week of performances that platform positive and active representations of trans people.

A week of performance which explores economics, inequality, greed and/or the cost-of-living crisis.

  • Week 3 - The Future is East African with OommoO.XYZ

A week of performances that platform AfroFuturism through an East African Lens.


Each year Pleasance commits to supporting six London based theatre makers/writers for a two year residency as our Associate Artists, providing them with the transformative tools to take their work and craft to the next level. We asked them to curate a festival based around themes of their choosing. Futures Festival is the result!


Applications for Spring Futures Festival are now closed and the full programme will be announced soon. 

The next Futures Festival will take place in late 2024, more details to be announced in the summer. 


What do you get? 

As part of the week you get:

  • 2 performances and 100% of the box office revenue for the show
  • Technician provided by the Pleasance
  • 1 day of rehearsal space

Futures Festival takes place in our Studio and each night you can expect to perform alongside the other curated shows in your given week. Shows must be a maximum of 60 minutes in length and there is a 30 minute shared turnaround between each show, with this in mind your show needs to be easily strikable with a compact set. While a work in progress festival, shows need to have had some development ahead of making an application be this a reading, R&D or scratch. Unfortunately our Studio space is not wheelchair accessible.


As reference, you can find a .doc and .pdf version of the application form as well as our information pack for Spring 2024 here

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please get in touch on [email protected]


Futures Festival is supported by The Leche Trust & Noël Coward Foundation.