FRINGE 2011 – Made In Scotland

One of the things we love about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is that it attracts top-class talent from all corners of the globe, turning the city into a world stage in August.

Sometimes however, it can be easy to overlook homegrown talent, so we’re happy to learn that the Made In Scotland programme returns for a third time this year to provide a platform for some of the best Scottish theatre and dance at the Fringe.

Last year’s initiative saw shows such as Roadkill and Catherine WheelsWhite receive awards; and this year, 17 companies are brought together under the Made In Scotland umbrella, each no doubt hoping for the same degree of success and critical acclaim.

Marc Almond in Ten Plagues

Marc Almond in Ten Plagues

A partnership between the Federation of Scottish Theatre, Creative Scotland and the Festival Fringe Society, Made in Scotland receives funding from the Scottish government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, to help get local talent in front of a worldwide audience.

Details of the full programme are available on the Made In Scotland website, but three shows which have caught our eye already are:

  • Alma Mater, an iPad installation piece from Fish And Game
  • Medea’s Children, a collaboration between Lung Ha’s and Swedish theatre company Unga Clara; and
  • Ten Plagues, a musical theatre piece from the Traverse Theatre Company performed by Marc Almond

By participating in the Made In Scotland programme, artists and companies benefit from all the that the Fringe has to offer, and many previous participants have gone on to tour their work across the UK and overseas.

We’re adding the list of 17 performances to our Fringe review schedule; and are looking forward to the opportunity to support some world-class Scottish talent in Edinburgh during August.

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