Leading up to the Showcase, we will be asking the participating companies to share their stories on our blog. Join in the conversation and find out more about their experience of being in the Edinburgh Showcase by becoming part of our network. Follow us on Twitter at @UKTheatreDance and join the conversation on #EdShowcase.

Music is a universal language

| by Tom Spencer

Tom Spencer, producer of HUG, remembers his first experience of this remarkable show, and shares his hopes for the piece’s future.

Fringe first-timers

| by Tim Etchells

Tim Etchells from Forced Entertainment looks forward to the company's first visit to the Edinburgh Fringe and explains why now is the right time for them to be part of the Edinburgh Showcase.

Sets reworked and Islands revisited

| by Caroline Horton

Caroline Horton talks about re-imagining the set for touring and her wish to stir up some tax-related rage overseas.

It’s important at times to get a little slap in the face...

| by Eleanor Turney

Claire Cunningham reflects on the quandary of being in the Showcase, the importance of controversial and confrontational work and the difficulty of gauging attitudes to disability rights in other countries.

So It Goes... to Edinburgh

| by Eleanor Turney

Hannah Moss from On The Run talks to Eleanor Turney about how her experience of dealing with bereavement became the inspiration for their show, and why she wanted to be part of the Edinburgh Showcase.

Where from Edinburgh?

| by Alexander Kelly

Alexander Kelly from Third Angel explains how the British Council's 2001 Edinburgh Showcase helped his company not only put on a show at the Edinburgh Fringe, but also take their work abroad.

Edmund the Learned Pig

| by Adrian Turrell-Watts

That beacon of porcine intelligence, Edmund the Learned Pig, is clicking his trotters with glee and calling on his fellow performers to dust off their travelling trunks and gear up for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer!

Q&A with Paines Plough

| by Eleanor Turney

James Grieve and George Perrin talk to Eleanor Turney about EVERY BRILLIANT THING - a funny and heart-warming one-man show, based on true and untrue stories.