Made in Scotland 2015 programme announced

A Requiem for Edward Snowden and a new Vanishing Point production among world class theatre, dance and music from Scottish artists and companies

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Made in Scotland announcement

Vanishing Point's Tomorrow / credit: Victor Franowski

A major new production from Glasgow’s Vanishing Point theatre company, a musical requiem for Edward Snowden and transgender retelling of the Gospel story are among the 21 shows in the Fringe’s Made in Scotland showcase this year, it’s been announced today.

A partnership between the Fringe, the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Creative Scotland, Made in Scotland is a curated showcase that celebrates the best in music, theatre and dance made and produced in Scotland. It takes place across the Fringe, and receives £590,000 in funding from the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals EXPO Fund.

Vanishing Point’s show Tomorrow, a major international collaboration with the Brighton Festival, Tramway and Cena Contemporanea (Brazil), looks at the need for care in the story of a young man suddenly trapped in a world where everyone seems to have his best interests at heart. It plays at the Traverse Theatre from 11 to 30 August.

Transgender playwright, performer and poet Jo Clifford’s The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven reimagines familiar Gospel stories as a queer ritual, at Summerhall from 5 to 30 August.

And writer and artist Matthew Collings collaborates with Edinburgh-based theatre company Magnetic North on A Requiem for Edward Snowden, mixing electronic and acoustic music with visuals exploring invasions of privacy and loss of faith in Stockbridge Parish Church (20–22 Aug).

Elswhere, Glasgow-based theatre maker Gary McNair unveils his new show A Gambler’s Guide to Dying at the Traverse; Edinburgh theatre company Stellar Quines completes its trilogy of one-woman plays by Quebecois playwright Jennifer Tremblay, at Assembly Roxy; and Scottish Dance Theatre performs YAMA, inspired by Japanese mythology and ritual, at Zoo Southside. Alexander McCall Smith collaborates with composer James Ross on Silver Darlings, new songs about Scotland and the sea (Famous Spiegeltent); folk composer and musician Mike Vass has put together In the Wake of Neil Gunn, a multimedia show based around Gunn’s writing (Acoustic Music Centre at St Bride’s); and there’s electronica and surreal 3D animation in Alien Lullabies by Scottish/Burmese vocalist Fiona Soe Paing (Summerhall).

Full details of the 2015 Made in Scotland programme are at madeinscotlandshowcase.com

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