Made in Scotland goes from strength to strength for the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a seventeen strong programme of Scotland’s finest new work.

Today Thursday 26 May, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop announced this year’s programme of world-class theatre and dance showcasing Scotland’s talent at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Of the Made In Scotland work in 2010, six Scottish companies claimed top festival awards and all received critical acclaim. To date, Made In Scotland has enabled 15 Scotland-based companies to present their work around the globe from Dusseldorf to Denmark and Sydney to New York.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External
Affairs Fiona Hyslop, with Solene Weinachter
from Scottish Dance Theatre

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said:

"The Made In Scotland programme has already created internationally acclaimed productions from Scottish based companies that reflect and present our rich heritage and our creative talent on the world stage.

"The Edinburgh Festivals also contribute hugely to the Scottish economy. Research published earlier this week showed they generated over a quarter of a billion pounds’ worth of additional tourism revenue for Scotland last year."

Kath M Mainland Chief Executive of the Festival Fringe Society said:

"The Scottish Government’s continued support for the Made In Scotland programme continues to be invaluable as a means for Scottish based artists and practitioners to present their work to world audiences at the Fringe. The Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, a magnet for producers and directors from all over the world looking to discover work, and provides an international platform for all artists from all disciplines and styles from Scotland, the UK and overseas. The Made In Scotland programme ensures that Scottish talent is well placed to take full advantage of this international platform, and enables them to go on to perform throughout the UK and internationally after delighting, challenging and amazing audiences here in Edinburgh."

Jon Morgan, Director of the Federation of Scottish Theatre said:

"We are delighted to be continuing the successful partnership with Festival Fringe Society and Creative Scotland on Made In Scotland. We would also like to thank the Scottish Government for their ongoing support of Made In Scotland through the Expo Fund. As the success of the shows in last year’s programme demonstrates Scotland has a vibrant performing arts scene with a wide range of exciting, established and emerging theatre and dance artists."

Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland added:

"Culture is Scotland’s calling card internationally and the quality of productions from Scotland are recognised and welcomed across the world. Made in Scotland is an excellent showcase for the strength of work created here and I’d urge anyone coming to Edinburgh in August to make sure they’ve booked their Made In Scotland tickets early!"

£1.2 million was allocated from the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund across 3 years to create ‘Made in Scotland’ - a partnership between the Festival Fringe Society, the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Creative Scotland. All Scottish-based artists and arts organisations are eligible to apply for Made In Scotland which promotes Scottish dance and theatre artists to international promoters at the Fringe, the world’s biggest arts festival.

This year's showcase will support 17 Scottish-based theatre and dance companies at Fringe 2011 who have been chosen by a panel of experts from the international performing arts community. The programme represents a mix of established companies and vibrant emerging artists producing theatre, dance and children’s shows in Scotland today.

The programme features Fish and Game's iPad aided journey in Alma Mater alongside Adrian Howells' tender one-on-one The Pleasure of Being: Washing, Feeding, Holding, Ros Philips’ remarkable theatre installation on George Street showcases One Million Tiny Plays about Britain while Grid Iron and David Paul Jones create a soundtrack to the terrors that lie between the dusk and the dark in What Remains. Marc Almond makes his Fringe Debut with the Traverse Theatre Company for Mark Ravenhill's Ten Plagues and David Leddy’s Fire Exit Ltd leads us through nocturnal Venice in Untitled Love Story. Barrowland Ballet present A Conversation with Carmel, Poorboy bring audio feast Blood and Roses, Cloud Man will delight 4-7 year olds and their families alongside One Thousand Paper Cranes which is a play for everyone aged 8 over. Lung Ha’s bring their work with Swedish theatre company Unga Klara, Medea’s Children. Young people feature as subject matter and performer in Tumult in the CloudsFleeto and Wee Andy and Junction 25’s I Hope My Heart Go First respectively, alongside the Citizen’s TAG production of David Greig’s The Monster in the Hall. Dance and physical theatre is represented by David Hughes Dance’s Last Orders, Matters of the Heart by Scottish Dance Theatre and Ramesh Meyyappan’s Snails and Ketchup in association with Iron Oxide.

In 2010 six of the Made In Scotland companies walked away with Herald Angel Awards. Fringe First awards went to Catherine Wheels for White and Ankur/Pachamama for Roadkill which won a remarkable clean sweep of awards including; Stage Best Actress Award for Mercy Ojelade, the Holden Street Theatre Award, the Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression, the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize and the Total Theatre Award for Theatre Innovation. As well as six award-winning companies, seven shows have been supported by the Made in Scotland Onward Touring Fund bringing world class theatre and dance from Scotland to an international audience.

Notes to Editors

  1. For further information on Made in Scotland please contact Owen O’Leary on 07815 992658 (

  2. For details of the full 2011 Made in Scotland programme visit

  3. ‘Made in Scotland’:

    • Supports Scottish dance and theatre companies to present their best work on an international stage;
    • Raises the profile of the work of Scottish dance and theatre companies and offer them unique networking opportunities with promoters;
    • Increases the number and diversity of international promoters coming to see Scottish work at the Fringe through a year-round promoter development programme;
    • Nurtures and encourages international creative dialogue and the development of international collaborations by Scottish dance and theatre companies;
    • Supports international touring opportunities for all Scottish dance and theatre companies performing at the Fringe;
    • Offers a year-round programme of training, support and advice to companies so they can maximise the impact of their appearance in the showcase.
  4. The Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund is available to all 12 Festivals, to support the development of Scottish-based work and to allow that work to reach international audiences. The Expo Fund is a total of £6 million over three years, which Made In Scotland is in year three of.

  5. Twenty per cent of the Fund is ring fenced for the Fringe, which received £200,000 in 2008 for initial development of the Made in Scotland showcase. The remaining £1 million was announced in May 2009 to support ‘Made in Scotland’ over three years. 2011 is the third Made in Scotland showcase.

  6. Funding through the 'Made in Scotland' for individual companies will be distributed through open application through the Creative Scotland.

  7. The full 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme is launched on Thursday June 9. For further information on the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe visit

  8. The Made in Scotland programme was selected by a panel of arts experts chaired by Kath M Mainland, Chief Executive of the Festival Fringe Society. This year’s panel was:

    Anita Clark - Portfolio Manager Festivals, Touring and Dance, Creative Scotland
    Mark Fisher - Freelance Theatre Critic, Writer and Guardian Contributor
    Virginia Hyam - Head of Contemporary Culture Sydney Opera House
    Andrew Jones - Senior Advisor from Drama and Dance advisor for the British Council
    Kate McGrath - Co-Director, Fuel Theatre
    Jon Morgan - Director, Federation of Scottish Theatre
    Purni Morell - Head of Studio, National Theatre
    Eddie Nixon - Director, Theatre and Artist Development, The Place
    Liam Sinclair - Artistic Director, macrobert