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? Join us online from the Edinburgh Festivals in conversation with Paul Burns, Lyn Gardner and Clare Reddington

Cade MacAskill MOOTMOOT IMAGECREDITJemima Yong4Cade & MacAskill in Moot Moot. Part of our Edinburgh Showcase 2019 programme.


This talk took place on Monday 19 August during the British Council's Edinburgh Showcase 2019. You can still watch the discussion here.

The talk takes place as part of the British Council's Edinburgh Showcase, a platform of outstanding UK performance for an audience of international promoters that takes place alongside the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival. Since the first Edinburgh Showcase in 1997, the event has given over 400 theatre and dance companies the opportunity to tour overseas – building new relationships and opening up new markets for the UK's performing arts.

The conversation will look at the latest in the UK performance landscape – the current scene, the work being made, and the themes UK creatives are dealing with in their work. It will also explore this year's Edinburgh Showcase programme, and the panel will share their recommendations for shows to see during the Edinburgh Festivals.

The talk will be of particular interest if you're keen to find out more about UK performing arts, or if you're looking to learn more about productions at this year's Edinburgh Festivals. 

If you can't make it to Edinburgh this August, you can still join us on Facebook live to find out more about what's on – many shows tour extensively, so you'll have some good tips for the rest of the year.


The panel: 


Paul Burns: Head of Dance, Creative Scotland
Paul Burns has undertaken leadership roles with a range of dance organisations including DanceXchange, Yorkshire Dance, Greenwich Dance and Dance4. As well as Head of Dance at Creative Scotland, he is currently a Total Theatre Awards judge and was on the selection panel for our Edinburgh Showcase and the Made in Scotland showcase@wechtie

Lyn Gardner: Journalist and Novelist
Lyn Gardner is Associate Editor of The Stage, has written about performance for The Guardian and The Independent, reviews for the Stagedoor app, and is an author of children's books. She also writes for the British Council series Culture after Brexit@lyngardner

Clare Reddington (chair): CEO, Watershed
Clare Reddington is CEO of Watershed – a cultural venue and producer based in Bristol working locally, nationally and globally. Alongside this she is Chair of Emma Rice's Wise Children, co-Director of Bristol and Bath Creative R&D, visiting professor at University of the West of England and on the boards of RSC, Theatre Bristol and the British Council@clarered


At a glance:


What can I watch?

What's happening in UK Theatre and Dance? A conversation with Paul Burns, Lyn Gardner and Clare Reddington live from the Edinburgh Festivals.

When and where can I watch it?

You can watch the conversation live on our Facebook page on Monday 19 August 14:00 - 16:00 (BST).

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Find out more:


> Watch all the trailers for the productions in our Edinburgh Showcase 2019 programme

> Get some tips about how to survive the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from Paul Burns

> Discover our Culture after Brexit series with Lyn Gardner

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