Round up: Edinburgh Showcase 2019

| by Harriet Guest

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185 delegates from 46 countries attended the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019 – our platform for UK theatre and dance companies to introduce their work to international promoters. Catch up with all the latest from this year's Showcase including interviews with artists and companies, video playlists and our recommendations for shows and artists to watch in 2019


Artists to watch 2019

Every year our Theatre and Dance team scour the Edinburgh Festivals for shows and artists to recommend to international delegates attending our Edinburgh Showcase. We reveal some of the most exciting artists and companies showing work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year – these are people to keep an eye on.

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"A really knotty conversation": how to make the step from emerging to middle scale

Alongside the Edinburgh Showcase programme and the Recommended Shows, our team selects some of the most exciting Artists to Watch at the Edinburgh Fringe – those artists and companies who are making work that is worth keeping an eye on. Eleanor Turney speaks to this year’s selected artists about making the leap from emerging to middle-scale.

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Recommended Shows

Our Theatre and Dance team see countless shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, seeking out extra UK productions to draw to international programmers' attention at the Edinburgh Showcase. Find out what our top 2019 recommendations are...

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Fierce, funny and feminist: The Roaring Girls are in town

The phrase Beach Body Ready refers to an advert which appeared across London that was banned for presenting an unrealistic body image as a pre-requisite for going to the beach. In The Roaring Girls’ new show, recommended by the Theatre and Dance team at the British Council, the phrase is being reclaimed. And then ripped into fierce, funny, feminist shreds.

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"Fear masks other emotions"

Artist and performer Travis Alabanza wrote their play BURGERZ, part of the Edinburgh Showcase 2019, after they were targeted in a transphobic attack. Alabanza talks to British Council Voices about their work, the attack, and why we should be responsible bystanders.

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"I am Deaf, but I was raised to be hearing"

Theatremaker Jonny Cotsen's parents raised him as though he were hearing. When he became a teacher he realised the extent of his deafness, but also started to find his identity. Jonny Cotsen's story is portrayed in Mr and Mrs Clark's Louder is Not Always Clearer, part of the Edinburgh Showcase 2019.

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The power of the Showcase: Wales at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Head of the Arts in Wales for the British Council, Rebecca Gould, explores the importance of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for those Welsh companies with productions up there this year, and argues for the far reaching power of the international showcase.

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"It's a question of being visible"

Does the Fringe have a diversity problem? Artists on our Artist Development Programme talk about their experience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Unpicking stigmas

The mad woman, the failing mother, the victim. Bryony Kimmings challenges stigmatised images of women and creates alternative myths about motherhood in her latest work I'm a Phoenix, Bitch.

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Playlist: Edinburgh Showcase 2019

Get to know all of the 30 outstanding production that made up this year's Edinburgh Showcase, with a YouTube playlist of trailers from each show.

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Total Theatre Awards 2019

We're thrilled that so many artists and companies from the Edinburgh Showcase main programme, our Recommended Shows and Artists to Watch were shortlisted for, or received a Total Theatre Award at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

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What's happening in UK theatre and dance?

Want to catch up with the latest trends in the sector and some of the hottest shows? Catch up with a discussion from the Edinburgh Showcase 2019 with Paul Burns, Lyn Gardner and Clare Reddington.

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The Edinburgh Showcase is a British Council initiative in partnership with Arts Council EnglandCreative ScotlandArts Council of Wales and Wales Arts International.

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