By FRASER MACDONALD
Many of the entertainment industries brightest talents have cut their teeth in Edinburgh in August at the Pleasance. This year an innovative new mobile venue joins the world’s largest arts festival.
In celebration of 33 years at Venue 33, The Pleasance Theatre Trust has commissioned 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) 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.
A first major UK application for Triple E ModTruss™, the award-winning Meccano-style construction system, Project 33 will provide a taller, more theatrical and more comfortable alternative for the courtyard-based Pleasance Beside.
In contrast to the prefab cabins that preceded it, limited to 8ft to fit through the archway access, Project 33 will arrive flat packed and pop up to provide a 14ft internal height which will greatly enhance the lighting, production and performances in the space.
Tickets are now on sale for the new venue, Pleasance Beside, alongside 25 others across the Pleasance’s 23 spaces. Those lining up to make the most of the new facilities include: Colin Cloud, The Cambridge Footlights International Tour, Josh Pugh, Katy Brand, News Revue 2017, TAPE FACE, Rachel Parris and Simon Amstell.
Anthony Alderson, Director of Pleasance Theatre Trust, said: “For 33 years Venue 33, has crammed the most fun we could find in the maximum number of spaces around the Pleasance Courtyard and more recently beyond. This year we’ve taken a plunge and invested in a brand new, state-of-the-art modular theatre designed specifically for the Courtyard venue and which we think provides really exciting opportunities for the work of the Pleasance Theatre Trust both in Edinburgh in August and in other places throughout the year. This summer eight shows each and every day will have a bigger and better space than we could previously offer them, and audiences will have a chance to experience not only the bright minds on stage but the bright minds that conjured up this modular theatre at Triple E. Come and check it out.”
David Edelstein, Managing Director at Triple E, comments: “The history of The Pleasance is all about making the most out of found spaces and exploiting available sites for performance with the tightest of budgets. The Pleasance has never commissioned a bespoke venue before, but Director Anthony Alderson was immediately enthusiastic when I explained our ModTruss™ theatre solution, Project 33, which we will build and hand over at the ABTT Theatre Show.”
For more information on the acts appearing and for tickets visit: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/via/search/edinburgh/tag/fringe