Opportunity: Open call for UK theatre and dance productions to be part of Edinburgh Showcase 2019

Are you a UK-based artist or company with an outstanding production that could tour internationally? Apply to be part of our showcase for international promoters at the Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh Fringe 2017. Photo: Jonathan Littlejohn

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. Scroll down for details on how to apply.

Taking place on 19–24 August 2019, the Edinburgh Showcase will feature outstanding small and middle-scale productions made in the UK that are suitable for international touring .

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

“We run the Edinburgh Showcase in order to find international opportunities for UK artists and companies,” says Neil Webb, our Director Theatre and Dance. “We look for productions which support our aim to build relationships with other countries through the arts. And we take care to consider the current interests of international programmers and their audiences.”

Artists who took part in Edinburgh Showcase 2017 have seen incredible results. “I think that the British Council Showcase is invaluable – because what it does is establish a context that enables you to connect to international programmers with integrity and clarity,” says artist Selina Thompson.

She adds: “salt. has toured to Australia and Brazil this year and will be in Canada and the US next year. I believe that this has been transformative not only in terms of organisational development, ambition and scale but also artistically, the experiences we are having are a rich starting place from which to generate new work.”

The British Council is the primary funder of the Edinburgh Showcase. In 2017, the event also received generous support from Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland.


At a glance:

How is the 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, arts professionals from across the UK, and members of the British Council’s Theatre and Dance team.

What is the curation panel looking for?

The panel is seeking 25–30 productions of exceptional quality that are export ready and suitable for international markets. The curators will be particularly interested in work that challenges conventional practice, explores social issues, tackles global concerns, and can catalyse debate.

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.

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 are the practical points to consider?

We’re looking for productions that are available to be presented at least five times in Edinburgh on 19–24 August 2019. There should be enough available places for a majority of the 200 delegates to see the work. We’ll work with the company to agree an allocation of tickets for delegates, all of which are paid for. Each production needs to be available for international touring from September 2019 to September 2020.

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

• An invited audience of international programmers, producers and agents
• Networking and industry events
• Training and mentoring for artists and companies
• Ongoing support for international touring

What doesn’t the British Council provide?

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

How do I apply?

Please read the information sheet and complete the online application form.

Note that applicants must provide a full-length video (not a showreel or trailer) of their finished proposed production(s). The video doesn’t need to be professionally produced.

When is the deadline?

12 midday on Monday 15 October 2018

Find out more:

> Get expert advice on when to take a show to the Edinburgh Fringe

> See our top tips on how to prepare for international touring

> Watch a short film about Edinburgh Showcase 2015

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