Get an insight into hotly discussed issues in theatre and dance and hear from some of the inspiring people we work with – plus our latest opportunities

How punk inspired my work in live art

| by Lois Keidan and Anthony Roberts

2016 is the 40th anniversary of punk. Here, Lois Keidan and Anthony Roberts remember coming of age during punk’s heyday and tell us how the movement inspired them to become trailblazers in live art

My time with Ninagawa

| by Thelma Holt

Yukio Ninagawa, the great Japanese theatre director, passed away in 2016. As the Barbican prepares to bring his seminal Macbeth to London in 2017, Thelma Holt, who worked with him for 30 years, celebrates his visual imagination and his talent for mixing theatre traditions from East and West

Playlist: Watch our collection of Shakespeare Lives short films

| by Emmanuel Adanlawo

From Lady Macbeth with manga animation to Romeo and Juliet with ice cream wars, we bring you a playlist of short films in which contemporary artists reimagine Shakespeare’s work and explore issues such as the representation of women, racial stereotyping, ageing and mental health

In pictures: Gecko creates a dream world in Shanghai

Visit our photo gallery as we go behind the scenes of The Dreamer, Gecko and Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre’s first collaboration, inspired by the works of Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu

“Writing can change the world”

| by Jo Clifford

Jo Clifford, the UK’s most well-known trans playwright, visited Brazil with her moving, controversial show about Jesus, love and transphobia. As a Brazilian production of her play launches at Outburst 2016, she blogs about facing her fears and bonding with another country

How Outburst festival is building a home for queer arts in Belfast and beyond

| by Dr. Monica B. Pearl

Outburst has grown from a small grassroots event into an acclaimed international festival. Monica B. Pearl explores how its links with the Americas are challenging prejudice and developing artists – with this year’s programme including digital commissions and new work from Brazil and the Caribbean

When should you take a show to Edinburgh Fringe?

| by Eleanor Turney

When should artists take work to the Edinburgh Fringe? And, when shouldn’t they? What are the alternatives? Artists such as Action Hero and experts including the Fringe itself share their advice

“It’s all real people playing a game”

| by Cathy Gomez

Since appearing in Edinburgh Showcase 2015, Kaleider has taken The Money – an inventive production which is part show, part game – to China, Italy and the USA. As he prepares to live stream performances from Australia, Seth Honnor tells us about his experiences playing with different cultures

Meet the people who make Edinburgh Showcase happen

As we launch Edinburgh Showcase 2017, our director Neil Webb and showcase manager Becky Hinton tell us how the event helps UK artists find international opportunities, what the curation team is looking for, and why Neil once hid in a cupboard at a breakfast meeting…

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