Pleasance – a collaberation of worldwide talent

The Pleasance is proud to announce a new artistic partnership with Zoofest,

Canada’s best emerging talent festival

Edinburgh/Montreal, Tuesday September 17th 2013 – As the Fringe’s biggest presenter with an itch to introduce North American’s to our signature fringe picks, Pleasance is teaming up with Zoofest to help performers cross the ocean to showcase their talent in Montreal, Canada alongside the famous Just for Laughs festival.

Home to North America’s best up and coming talents, Zoofest is a young and vibrant festival showcasing tomorrow’s stars in comedy, theatre, cabaret, music, circus, dance and other genres.

“We really have the same artistic vision and I think many Fringe artists will be delighted to go to Montreal to explore the opportunities the North American market is offering” says Ryan Taylor, Head of Comedy at Pleasance.

“The plan is to select artists who are willing to take their act to north America’s biggest festival city. With this partnership we are creating a solid bridge between our two events and we hope artists will hop on the chance to explore a new market full of possibilities” says Zoofest General Manager and Artistic Director, Martin Durocher.

The 2014 edition of Zoofest will present The Pleasance @ Zoofest and will be showcasing talent from the UK, Europe, Australia and the US.

The project will also help local talent get selected by the Pleasance programmers for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe while creating a buzz for the entertainment Industry to come and try to find the next big thing!

All in all, a win-win partnership!


As a registered charity, The Pleasance Theatre Trust aims to create a compelling platform to discover, nurture and support fresh artistic talent from across the globe.

Since starting life on an unassuming Edinburgh side street, The Pleasance which celebrates it’s 30th Birthday on 2014, has become renowned for delivering an inspiring programme year on year that uniquely embodies the spirit of the Fringe. The Pleasance has hosted over 5,000 productions and some 150,000 performances involving over 40,000 people.

A year-round operation and 2 theatre spaces in London enable us to continually support the work we produce at the festival, with all box office revenue from the Fringe being reinvested into our development programme.

With 25 performance spaces between Edinburgh and London ranging from 40 to 750 seats, the Pleasance is a hub of creativity where artists at the pinnacle of their careers share the stage with those just starting out.


Zoofest is a bilingual festival founded in 2009 that puts forward a programming dedicated to the discovery of emerging talents in the worlds of comedy, music, theater, cabaret, magic and other forms of art and entertainment.

Experimental, multi-genres and international, Zoofest offers an eclectic and crazy programming to a particularly adventurous public. It is somewhat the frosted side of the Just For Laughs Festival. Our scouting team combs artistic productions around the world, retaining in our nets only the more extravagant, even disturbing, which then will be seen by tens of thousands of spectators.

Zoofest is also a window on the world and its culture. In addition to proudly represent the talents of Quebec and Canada, Zoofest brings together artists of the United States, UK, Australia, France and Belgium, to name a few.

All at affordable prices, during the month of July, the craziest summer month of Montreal!

Zoofest presented its 5th edition from July 4 to 28, 2013.


Pleasance Contact :

Ryan Taylor

Head of Comedy, Pleasance

Zoofest Contact :

Martin Durocher

General & Artistic DIrector, Zoofest



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