Edinburgh Showcase Programme 2019

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The Showcase took place between Monday 19–24 August 2019 with a programme of 30 companies

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Selected from nearly 300 applications, the 2019 programme showcased a snapshot of the diverse work created in the UK. The productions comprised of theatre and dance; including new writing, devised and physical theatre, live art, installation and interactive. The 2019 Showcase curatorial panel included international programmers, UK arts professionals and members of the British Council’s Theatre and Dance team. The programme was presented to a delegation of visiting international programmers at the Edinburgh Festivals, so that a new global audience experienced British performances.


Main programme


1927: roots

Amy Bell
The Forecast

Battersea Arts Centre and BAC Beatbox AcademyFrankenstein: How to Make a Monster

Becky NamgaudsLike Honey

Birds of Paradise Theatre CompanyPurposeless Movements

Breach TheatreIt's True, It's True, It's True

Bryony KimmingsI'm a Phoenix, Bitch

Cade & MacAskill in association with Take Me SomewhereMoot Moot

China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz present: Status written and performed by Chris Thorpe and directed by Rachel Chavkin

Chisato MinamimuraScored in Silence

Colette SadlerLearning from the Future

Hackney Showroom presents: BURGERZ by Travis Alabanza

Javaad AlipoorThe Believers Are But Brothers

Karl Jay-Lewin and Matteo FargionExtremely Pedestrian Chorales

Keisha Thompson co-commissioned by Contact and STUNMan on the Moon

Lost Dog DanceJuliet and Romeo

Louise OrwinOh Yes Oh No

Mr and Mrs ClarkLouder is Not Always Clearer

National Theatre of Scotland in Association with the Royal Court TheatreAttenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and Teatro do BairroTotal Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation

National Theatre WalesCotton Fingers

New Perspectives Theatre CompanyThe Fishermen

Nikki & JD presented by Jacksons LaneKnot

Oona Doherty and Prime Cut ProductionsHard To Be Soft – A Belfast Prayer

RidiculusmusDie! Die! Die! Old People Die!

Scottish Dance TheatreRITUALIA

Seeta Patel & Lina LimosaniNot Today's Yesterday

Seke Chimutengwende & Alexandrina HemsleyBlack Holes

Sue MacLaine Company: vessel

ThisEgg in collaboration with Made My Wardrobedressed.

Tim Cowbury and Mark Maughan in association with James Quaife ProductionsThe Claim


Edinburgh Showcase 2019 curatorial panel:


Paul Burns, Head of Dance, Creative Scotland (UK)
Maggie Dunning, Development Officer, Arts Council of Wales (UK)
Tarek Iskander, Director, Theatre, Arts Council England (UK)
Andrew Jones, Senior Theatre and Dance Programme Manager, British Council (UK)
Laura Mackenzie-Stuart, Head of Theatre, Creative Scotland (UK)
Kath M Mainland CBE, Executive Director, Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia)
Carole McFadden, Theatre and Dance Programme Manager, British Council (UK)
Freddie Opoku-Addaie, choreographer (UK)
Kathrin Vesser, Dramaturg and Artistic Director, Gessnerallee Zürich (Switzerland)
Meiyin Wang, curator and independent producer (USA)
Chair: Neil Webb, Director Theatre and Dance, British Council (UK)


Watch: Discover the 2019 programme with a playlist of short trailers



Recommended Shows 


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 2019 recommends were:

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Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas: The End

Cardboard Citizens: Bystanders

Dirty Protest: How to be Brave

Jo Fong and Sonia Hughes: Neither Here Nor There

Kieran Hurley: Mouthpiece

Lucy McCormickPost Popular

Middle Child: The Canary and the Crow

Paines Plough and Theatre Clwyd: Daughterhood

Rhum and Clay: The War of the Worlds

Roaring Girls: Beach Body Ready

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Sh!t Theatre: Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Expats


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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