Opportunity: Open call for UK theatre and dance productions to be part of Edinburgh Showcase 2017

If you’re a UK-based artist or company with an outstanding show that could tour internationally, you can apply to be part of our showcase for international promoters at the Edinburgh Fringe

The British Council is inviting expressions of interest from companies and artists wishing to be considered for our next Edinburgh Showcase – the biennial platform of contemporary UK theatre, dance and live art presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Taking place on 21–26 August 2017, the Edinburgh Showcase programme will feature outstanding small and middle-scale productions made in the UK that are suitable for international touring.

“The primary objective of the Edinburgh Showcase is to develop international opportunities for professional UK artists and companies,” says Neil Webb, our Director of Theatre and Dance. “We are looking for productions which support our cultural relations work and meet the interests of international programmers and their audiences.”

“We’ve made changes this year to how we select the work,” adds Becky Hinton, our Showcase Projects Manager. “For instance, the curation team is watching online videos as well as live performances and we have a new timeline. So if you’re applying, make sure you read the instructions carefully.” 

We invite over 200 delegates to attend each Edinburgh Showcase from our international network of performing arts professionals – including key programmers, producers and agents as well as overseas British Council colleagues.

“It was amazing being in Edinburgh,” says Seth Honnor of Kaleider, who presented The Money in Edinburgh Showcase 2015 and has since toured to China, Italy and the USA. “The outcomes have been numerous, and more than just international touring.”

At a glance:

How is Edinburgh Showcase curated?

The Edinburgh Showcase curation panel will select the final programme. The panel is chaired by Neil Webb, Director of Theatre and Dance at the British Council. It will include international programmers, UK arts professionals and members of the British Council’s Theatre and Dance team.

What is the curation panel looking for?

The panel is seeking 20–25 productions of exceptional quality that are export-ready and suitable for international markets. The work should have received positive critical reviews in the UK.

The panel will be particularly interested in work that challenges conventional practice, explores social issues or global concerns and can catalyse debate. The work should be available to be presented at least five times in Edinburgh on 21–26 August 2017 and available for international touring from September 2017 to September 2018.

Who is eligible to apply?

Professional artists or companies based in the UK who are working in contemporary theatre, dance or live art. The panel will be looking for established or emerging artists who are working internationally, or who demonstrate the potential and the capacity to do so.  Applicants must provide an online film of their proposed production.

The successful artists will have strong track records, embracing innovative new approaches to performance and delivering high quality talks and workshops. They will be committed to learning and sharing in different cultural contexts and open to adapting their work for different markets.

What does the British Council provide for successful artists and companies?

  • An invited audience of international programmers, producers and agents
  • Networking and trade events
  • Training and mentoring
  • Bespoke VIP box office service for delegates
  • On-going support for international touring

What doesn’t the British Council provide?

  • Performance venues
  • Production support
  • Funding to present shows in Edinburgh

When is the deadline?

This opportunity is now closed.


Find out more:

> See the latest news on Edinburgh Showcase, with information on how to express interest in being a Edinburgh Showcase delegate and how to see the performances in Edinburgh

> Read an interview with the people who make Edinburgh Showcase happen 

> See a success story, with Seth Honnor of Kaleider discussing his international experiences since appearing in Edinburgh Showcase 2015

> View advice from artists and producers on when to take a show to the Edinburgh Fringe 

Watch our film about Edinburgh Showcase 2015, with journalist Matt Trueman interviewing artists performing at the Edinburgh Fringe and giving us a glimpse of the performances

Find out about Made in Scotland, Creative Scotland’s showcase of performing arts at the Edinburgh Fringe. It’s calling for applications from Scotland-based artists and organisations. Deadline 21 November 2016.

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