Made in Scotland announces its 2019 line-up of homegrown, world-class talent

Made in Scotland announces its 2019 line-up of homegrown, world-class talent

KID_X / credit: Brian Hartley

The Scottish talent showcase explores colonialism's legacy, a bionic romance and Scots folklore in its 11th year

As one of the festival's first big announcements in the lead-up to August, the launch of the annual Made in Scotland showcase functions much like the Fringe's opening gunshot – a signal that the creative, inspirational and generative chaos that is the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe will soon be well and truly upon us once more. Now in its 11th year, the Made in Scotland programme is made up of 22 artists, companies and ensembles, hand-picked by an expert panel to represent Scotland both at home and abroad. With financial support from the Scottish government's Expo Fund, these creatives will be given funding through their Fringe run, as well as support for onward touring beyond August.

In recognition of the showcase's outlook of open internationalism, 2019 will also see the inaugural Made in Scotland Festival in Brussels, which will be bringing six performances of music, dance and theatre to the European capital in June.

Amongst Made in Scotland's dance offerings this year include the world premiere of 111, a powerful duet between Joel Brown and former Scottish Ballet principal dancer Eve Musto, as well as Ensemble's unpredictable, uplifting performance by a group of dancers ranging from their 30s to their 70s, suggesting the rich potential that can arise from interactions with others. Ultimate Dancer's eerie performance of For Now We See Through A Mirror, Darkly explores the connection between sight and belief through striking visuals and voice-over, while Scottish dance theatre company groupwork plunders tropes from horror films and documentary podcasts in The Afflicted, which finds a group of teenage girls behaving strangely in upstate New York.

Made in Scotland announces its 2019 line-up of homegrown, world-class talent

How Not To Drown / credit: Helen Maybanks

Its music selection similarly pushes the boundaries of aural performance, including the multimedia spectacle of Drone, which features a live cabaret band, electronics and a spoken word poet recounting the 'true story' of a military drone's deepest fears. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph will also be staging her second album From When I Wake in collaboration with ravishing, evocative visuals from Cryptic. Another Scottish icon makes a genre-blending appearance in Lie Still My Sleepy Fortunes, which sees a line-up of virtuosic musicians craft improvised soundworlds from the great writer Muriel Spark's signature joy and pathos. Likewise, Scots singer Kirsty Law teams up with filmmakers and visual artists Young Night Through to explore the rich heritage of Scots folklore and its relationship to the supernatural.

Meanwhile in theatre, a panoply of unique voices ring out at the forefront of this year's showcase. A Scottish-Kenyan storyteller stages the world premiere of her work Blood and Gold, which explores the painful legacy of colonialism and slavery through a dying mother's last gift to her daughter. Another politically-charged premiere comes in the form of Crocodile Fever, set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, as two sisters go on a gin-and-80s-punk-fuelled journey after the death of their tyrannical father. ThickSkin highlights the plight of child asylum seekers and the broken state of the British care system in How Not to Drown, while a pair of doppelganger DJs revel in the absurdity of modern communication in Moot Moot. The future likewise makes itself known in KID_X, which follows a star-crossed romance between a rooftop selfie queen and a boy with a bionic heart.

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