Edinburgh Showcase Programme 2017

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The Showcase took place between 21–26 August 2017 with a programme of 30 companies

1 RashDash Two Man Show The Other Richard Richard Davenport 2RashDash Two Man Show. Photo: Richard Davenport

The 2017 programme presented a snapshot of the diverse work created in the UK to a delegation of visiting international programmers at the Edinburgh Festivals, so that a new global audience experienced British performance. The productions comprised of theatre and dance; including new writing, devised and physical theatre, live art, installation and interactive. The 2017 Showcase curatorial panel included international programmers, UK arts professionals and members of the British Council’s Theatre and Dance team.


Main programme


Action Hero: Slap Talk

Avant Garde Dance
 presented by The PlaceFagin's Twist

Citizens TheatreThis Restless House by Zinnie Harris

Forced EntertainmentReal Magic

Frozen LightHome 

Imitating the DogNocturnes

Impermanence Dance TheatreSexbox

Joan Clevillé DancePlan B for Utopia

Julie Cunningham and CompanyTo Be Me 

Kieran Hurley with Show and TellHeads Up

Kneehigh: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk by Daniel Jamieson

Light Ladd and EmbertonCaitlin 

Liz AggissSlap and Tickle 

Liz Carr: Assisted Suicide: The Musical

Look Left Look RightSee Me Now 

National Dance Company WalesFolk and Profundis (double bill) 

The Paper Cinema and Battersea Arts Centre co-production: The Paper Cinema's Macbeth 

Prime Cut ProductionsScorch by Stacey Gregg

Proto-type Theater: A Machine they're Secretly Building 

Rachel MarsOur Carnal Hearts
RashDashTwo Man Show 

Rhum and Clay and Kit RedstoneTestosterone

Scottish Dance TheatreProcess Day 

Selina Thompson: Salt.

DryWrite and Soho Theatre present: Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

TalawaHighTide and Soho Theatre production: Girls by Theresa Ikoko

Theatre ReThe Nature of Forgetting 

Touretteshero and Battersea Arts Centre co-production: Not I by Samuel Beckett

Traverse TheatreThe Whip Hand by Douglas Maxwell

Volcano Theatre Company: Seagulls 


2017 curatorial panel:


Ahmed El Attar, Founder and Artistic Director, Orient Productions
Andrew Jones, Senior Programme Manager Theatre and Dance, British Council
Anita Clark, Director, The Work Room
Carole McFadden, Theatre and Dance Programme Manager, British Council
Heather Redfern, Executive Director, The Cultch
Laura Mackenzie-Stuart, Head of Theatre, Creative Scotland
Neil Darlison, Director Theatre, Arts Council England
Chair: Neil Webb, Director Theatre and Dance, British Council



Watch: Discover the 2017 programme with a playlist of short trailers



Recommended Shows 

China Plate Shape of Pain photo The Other RichardThe Shape of the Pain. Photograph: The Other Richard

Alongside the main programme, our Theatre and Dance team attend countless shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival – seeking out extra UK productions to draw to international programmers' attention at the Edinburgh Showcase. The top 2017 recommends were:

Henry Naylor: Borders

Vox Motus: Flight

Curious Directive: Frogman

Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company: Half Breed

Dancing Brick and Paul Jellis with Tobacco Factory Theatres and Bush Theatre: Heather

National Theatre of Scotland: How to Act

Milk Presents in association with Derby Theatre: Joan

Bush Theatre and Nassim Soleimanpour: Nassim

Betrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas: Palmyra

China Plate and Rachel Bagshaw: The Shape of Pain

Dirty Protest: Sugar Baby by Alan Harris

Soho Theatre and Malthouse Theatre: Wild Bore


The Edinburgh Showcase is a British Council initiative supported by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Wales Arts International and the Arts Council of Wales.

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