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Made in Scotland programme announced for 2017 Edinburgh Fringe

Pauline Goldsmith's Bright Colours Only will be revived for 2017. Photo: Niall Walker
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New work from Gary McNair and Cora Bissett and the revival of a solo piece by Pauline Goldsmith feature in the ninth edition of the Made in Scotland showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The programme of 24 Scottish productions is supported by a direct grant of £560,000 from the Scottish Government’s expo fund. It includes theatre and dance as well as a strand of music.

The Made in Scotland programme is curated by two independent panels appointed by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Creative Scotland, the Federation of Scottish Theatre and the Scottish Music Centre.

Chosen participants get money to allow existing work to appear at the Edinburgh Fringe. The fund also includes an element to help them take up onward international touring opportunities from contacts made during the festival.

Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: “As well as providing a platform to raise their profile and connect with local and international industry and media, Made in Scotland opens up opportunities for onward international touring, giving shows a life beyond the fringe.”

This year’s productions include Gary McNair’s Letters to Morrissey at the Traverse, based on re-discovered letters written to the Smiths’ front man by an obsessive 11 year-old.

Cora Bissett’s production Adam, written by Frances Poet, is based on true story of a young transgender Egyptian man coming to Scotland. It is one of two shows produced by the National Theatre of Scotland in the programme.

Goldsmith, who won one of The Stage’s Edinburgh awards in 2004, is resurrecting her take on an Irish wake, Bright Colours Only, a decade after it was last performed.

Also reviving an existing piece is Andy Cannon, who takes audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again in Is This A Dagger? The Story of Macbeth.

Running alongside the performances, will be the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland’s TalkFest 2017, a series of workshops and discussions led by existing and previous Made in Scotland artists.

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