Seagulls, VolcanoTheatre, Swansea 2015



Eight productions from Wales will showcase the high calibre and variety of Welsh talent at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Arts Council of Wales, Wales Arts International and British Council Wales are today announcing the eight productions from Wales which will form a showcase of Welsh culture at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The programme includes two, new, one-man shows with very different takes on contemporary Welsh life; Dirty Protest return to the Fringe with Sugar Baby, a new comedy by Alan Harris about a small-time Cardiff drug dealer, while Mr & Mrs Clark’s (F.E.A.R.) uses childhood memories and public information films to examine the fragility of men’s mental health and ask how safe – or not – the world wants us to feel.

Three other plays will transport audiences back to 20th Century Britain; The Other Room’s Seanmhair, another new work, written by Hywel John, is a brutal, beautiful tale of two children who meet by chance in 1950s Edinburgh. Pontardawe Arts Centre’s The Revlon Girl by Neil Docking, with its all-female cast, tells the true story of the grieving mothers of Aberfan, in the months after a colliery tip collapsed in 1966, killing 116 children, finding solace in the unlikely company of a beauty product sales rep. And Flying Bridge Theatre’s production of Stephen MacDonald’s classic Not About Heroes looks at the friendship between WWI poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, 100 years after they met.

The remaining three productions will also appear as part of the British Council Showcase 2017. These include National Dance Company Wales’ Folk and Profundis; two very distinct, short dance pieces – Folk elegiac and pastoral, Profundis full of wit and postmodern winks – that show the company’s dancers at their very best. Seagulls by Volcano Theatre will be a dramatically reimagined staging of Chekhov’s The Seagull, performed in the nave of a derelict church in Leith, whose chancel will be flooded for the performances. And Caitlin by Light, Ladd & Emberton is an intimate, violent dance piece in which Dylan Thomas’ wife, Caitlin, steps out of her husband’s shadow only to find herself inexorably drawn back in. The British Council’s biennial Edinburgh Showcase is the single biggest opportunity for UK theatre companies to introduce their work to international promoters.

Nicholas Davies, Arts Council of Wales’ Portfolio Manager (Performing Arts), said: "For the past four years, the Arts Council of Wales has selected a number of companies to showcase some of our most exciting productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Previous shows from Wales have really punched above their weight and made significant impact at what is the world’s biggest performance festival. We are especially proud of this year’s crop that again really demonstrates the quality and range of the work and the talent we’re producing here."

Nikki Morgan, Joint Head of Wales Arts International, said: "Wales Arts International aims to increase the value of international cultural exchange to Wales through increased international opportunities for our artists and arts companies to collaborate and to export their work. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe offers one of the most significant platforms for Wales’ performing arts to gain international recognition for their work and to generate further export and touring opportunities. Through our partnership with British Council Wales, the idea is to help the selected Welsh companies to present their work at the Fringe in the best possible way - with the best conditions – and, importantly, to connect with international promoters and programmers participating in the British Council Edinburgh Showcase."

Rebecca Gould, British Council Wales’ Head of Arts, said: "We're delighted to be working with Arts Council of Wales on supporting these companies to take part in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Fringe is the single biggest opportunity for UK arts companies to introduce their work to new audiences and to international promoters. The Wales in Edinburgh programme comprises of work that represents the very best of contemporary theatre and dance, reflecting the breadth and diversity of the performing arts in Wales."

Full details on all eight productions – including booking information – can be found here:


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