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Made in Scotland 2010

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In August 2009, Made in Scotland was launched as a showcase of Scottish theatre and dance on The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (the Fringe). Made in Scotland is a partnership between the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Societythe Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) and the Scottish Arts Council.

Supported through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, Made in Scotland aims to place a diverse programme of high quality Scottish work firmly in the festival spotlight.

Sub Rosa

Made in Scotland 2010 is the second showcase of some of Scotland's most exciting companies performing on the Fringe. A distinguished panel of programmers, cultural managers and commentators selected the programme of Scottish theatre and dance. The showcase represents not only a shortlist of Edinburgh Festival Fringe highlights but also some of the finest work being produced in Scotland today.

The panel who selected the 2010 Made in Scotland programme was chaired by Kath M Mainland (Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and included:

  • Keith Bruce, Arts Editor, The Herald
  • Anita Clark, Head of Dance, Scottish Arts Council
  • Laura Collier, Senior Producer, Battersea Arts Centre;
  • Paul Johnson, Chief Executive, Dance Ireland; 
  • Andrew Jones, Dance and Drama advisor for the British Council 
  • Jon Morgan, Director, Federation of Scottish Theatre
  • Tina Rasmussen, Director of Performing Arts, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
  • Jackie Shearer, Arts Manager, Platform at the Bridge

The 2010 Made in Scotland programme includes a wonderfully eclectic and diverse programme of dance, theatre, performance poetry, site-specific performance and work for children. The artists in Made in Scotland included some of Scotland’s most highly respected and established theatre and dance companies, and some of Scotland’s most dynamic and radical artists. The programme is available here – www.madeinscotland2010.com

Plan B - A Wee Home From Home. Background - Michael Marra, Foreground - Frank McConnell. Photo by Maria Falconer

Behind the scenes, the Made in Scotland project partners will work with the performers to raise their profile both at the Fringe and outside Scotland. The Fringe and FST have developed a programme of training, support and advice to enable companies to prepare for being part of Made in Scotland, supporting them to achieve their goals for participation, including profile and touring opportunities.

Details of applying to be part of the 2011 Made in Scotland programme will be available in August 2010.

About the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo fund

Drew Taylor as Markus Makavellian in Markus Makavellian’s International Order The Scottish Government has made a commitment to support Scottish artists by creating a new 'Edinburgh Festival Expo Fund' to promote Scottish work at the Edinburgh Festivals.

The fund was established in 2008 and is managed by the Scottish Arts Council on behalf of the Scottish Government. The fund is specifically targeted at the 12 festivals who are members of Festivals Edinburgh.

However, a different approach was needed for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as it is an un-programmed, open access festival and a major international showcase for Scottish artists within the performing arts.  

The Minister for Culture announced the Made in Scotland programme in May 2010.

International working

A key aim of the Made in Scotland project is to maximise the benefit for Scottish artists of the international platform that the Fringe is. As part of this, funding has been allocated to support Scottish dance and theatre companies to take up international touring opportunities as a direct result of performing at the Fringe. For further information, take a look at the Made in Scotland International Touring Guidelines (doc).

The fund is available to all Scottish dance and theatre companies regardless of whether they are included in the Made in Scotland programme. The fund looks to support companies by contributing towards the cost of presenting their work outside of Scotland. From 2009 support has so far been given to:

  • Tabula Rasa Dance Company to take their production of Dilly Dilly to two dance festivals in February 2010: Take-off: 4. Festival Junger Tanz" at Tanzhaus in Düsseldorf, Germany and then on to the Krokusfestival in Hasselt, Belguim. These are both festivals specialising in dance for children.
  • Puppet State Theatre to take their show, The Man Who Planted Trees to Sydney Opera House for ten performances in November-December 2010.
    The Arches to take Nic Green's Trilogy to the Barbican and Battersea Arts Centre in London in January 2010, to Dublin Fringe Festival in September 2010 and to Belfast Festival in October 2010. The company has also secured performances at Bristol Mayfest, 14-16th May 2010.
  • Graeme Maley to take his production of Djupid to Tasmania as part of '10 Days on the Island Festival' in March 2010.
  • Claire Cunningham touring ME: Mobile/ Evolution to Tanz Bremen (Germany),Rybnik Theatre Festival (Poland), Naples Teatro Festival (Italy), Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (Belfast) and Dogheda Arts Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, Caidre Festival and Earagail Arts Festival (Ireland), from May – September 2010.
  • Scottish Dance Theatre towards a residency and performances at the Luoghi Comuni Festival in Italy in June and touring in the Netherlands in October 2010. The Luoghi Comuni Festival a Festival is run by Associazione Etre who organized Espresso! Teatro Italiano at Fringe 2009. Promoted by Van Baasbank & Baggerman Theatre and Music, this includes performances in Delft, Arnhem, Eindhoven and Tilburg.
  • Dogstar Theatre Company, towards touring The Tailor of Inverness to Germany, the Ukraine and Poland in October 2010. This includes performances at the Golden Lion (Ukraine) and Konfrontacje Festival (Poland) and a run at the English Theatre in Berlin. Additional performances in the Ukraine and Poland are currently being confirmed including dates at Zielona Gora University, Poland and at theatres in Ternopil, Rivne, Lutsk, Drohobych and Kyiv in Ukraine.

Made in Scotland application documents

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