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Our work with Talent Development

The International Festival is dedicated to supporting emerging and established talent in Scotland, including working with a range of practitioners on our Learning and Engagement projects to establish we are providing audiences and participants the best experiences, but also providing artists the opportunity to develop their practice.

The International Festival has also created the following range of opportunities to support talent development in Scotland:

SDTN – The Network 2018

The Network is Scottish Drama Training Network’s Graduate Production Ensemble for acting, performance and technical theatre graduates from Scotland’s Colleges and Higher Education Institutions. In partnership with the Pleasance Theatre Trust, and with support from Stellar Quines, at this year’s Fringe they presented Propeller, directed by Claire Skinner.

To support their growth and development in their various fields, the International Festival provided the ensemble with tickets to a selection of shows across the programme including Geoff Sobelle’s HOME and Druid Theatre’s production of Waiting for Godot. Through the selection of specific productions, it is hoped that these emerging artists have the opportunity to see work they might not have had access to that will in turn help develop their practise moving forward.


The International Festival also partnered with Edinburgh Performing Arts Development (EPAD) on support for artists in Scotland. Members of EPAD were invited to apply for tickets to the International Festival shows via an artistic prescription scheme. Applications were then provided with tickets to a show that it was felt would be of interest to their work. Bursaries were also provided for childcare costs to assist attendance at prescribed shows.

The Scale of Female Ambition

Working in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland’s Engine Room, the International Festival presented an opportunity for Scotland-based female directors with an interest in working at scale to have a curated series of experiences across this year’s International Festival.

Eight female directors selected attended a range of networking sessions and performances in August, including theatre productions Midsummer and Cold Blood, as well as an introduction session with actress and director Cora Bissett and the debate/discussion afternoon Gender, Power and the Arts.

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Our work with Communities

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Our work with Children

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Our work with Young People