Twelve theatre and dance productions, expected to fly the flag for Scotland around the world, were revealed yesterday by Scottish Culture and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop.
The shows make up this year's Made in Scotland showcase on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a winning selection from 56 applications to share in the £440,000 fund to mount world-class Scottish work on the Fringe, and for the attention of international promoters who gather in the capital in August.
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With £100,000 earmarked for forward touring, the companies have been granted awards ranging from £6000 to £25,000 to support production costs in the fourth year of the scheme.
"Made in Scotland provides a fantastic platform for a diverse and talented range of Scottish-based artists," said the minister.
Previous productions have travelled to 18 countries, including the US, China, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Italy.
The Made in Scotland project is supported by the Scottish Government's Expo Fund, and is a partnership between Creative Scotland, the Fringe, the Federation of Scottish Theatre and the British Council. This year's selection panel included The Herald's dance and performance critic, Mary Brennan.
The list includes four shows for young people – Frozen Charlotte's Paperbelle, Shona Reppe's The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean, Catherine Wheels' The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk, and ThickSkin's The Static – as well as Donna Rutherford's acclaimed one-woman KIN, built around moving testimonies of the middle-aged relating to ageing parents. Molly Taylor's Love Letter to the Public Transport System, featured in Tuesday's Herald, is also among the 12.
Dance performances include Watch iT! by Room 2 Manoeuvre, Smallpetitklein's Within This Dust, which references 9/11, and Leaving Limbo Landing, by Caroline Bowditch in St Andrew's Square Garden. Other venues include the Royal Botanic Gardens, Traverse, Assembly Rooms, Playhouse, Dance Base, and the Underbelly. A new version of Burns's Tam O'Shanter by Gerry Mulgrew's Communicado company will be at the Assembly Hall.
Fringe chief executive Kath Mainland said: "The Fringe is the perfect stage for these Scottish companies to present their work, and to be exposed to venue bookers and festival directors from all over the world."
Creative Scotland chief executive Andrew Dixon added Made in Scotland productions were a good starting point for anyone overwhelmed by the options during the Edinburgh Festivals. The shows in past years have regularly featured in awards lists, including several Bank of Scotland Herald Angels.