three dancers on stage, two men holding woman up
it will come later, ICoDaCo ©

K. Machniewicz

This is Wales Edinburgh Showcase 2019 (previously Wales in Edinburgh) enabled by the Arts Council of Wales, brings 11 Welsh shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The programme is made up of ground breaking Welsh companies working across theatre, dance and circus. The aim is to facilitate and expand companies’ creative networks, develop new audiences and introduce work to international promoters.


Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff)

Company: Co-produced by Carys Eleri and Wales Millennium Centre
Dates: 13 - 18, 20 -25 August 2019 
Time: 22.40 
Running time: 60 minutes
Age suitability: 16+  (contains strong language and adult content)
Venue: Belly Button, Cowgate, Underbelly.

Straight from Adelaide Fringe, award winning ‘Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff)’ is a one-woman science comedy musical about the neuroscience of love and loneliness. An outrageously fun and joyous show with some seriously entertaining science chucked in. Carys will take you on a romp through her formative years; lust, life and loneliness complete with an 80s power-ballad to a Tinder profile.

Come and discover how love works within all of us, why it makes us do crazy things and why hugging is the answer.

Screw you, loneliness epidemic – Carys has you by the balls.

@thecentre / @caryseleri / #Lovecraft


Company: Bardd
Dates: 16 – 18 August 2019 
Time: 15:00
Running time: 55 minutes
Age suitability: 8+
Venue: Sweet Grassmarket (Grassmarket 2)

Bardd's Unique Dualingual Global Music Fusion takes the audience on a journey from the Bardic Roots of Wales to a Freedom Funk Disco. Featuring Martin Daws (Young People's Laureate Wales 2013-16) and Mr Phormula (Double Wales Beatbox Champion), Bardd build their sound on the Harp like repeats of Martin's Kalimba and the technical brilliance of Mr Phormula's Beatbox, augmented by outstanding multi-instrumentalists Neil Yates (trumpet/bass) and Henry Horrell (keys/guitar). 

Bardd aim to “bring all that we are together into one beautiful groove: instruments, languages, musical styles - Hip Hop, Jazz, Celtic – it's all in there.”

@BigBarddByd / @martindaws / @MrPhormula / #BigBarddByd

For All I Care

Company: National Theatre Wales
Dates: 31 July, 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 August 2019
Time: 13:30
Running time: 60 minutes
Age suitability: 14+ (strong language)
Venue: Summerhall – Main Hall

Clara and Nyri. Two very different women. Two complicated lives. Both having a very bad day. Mental health nurse Nyri's woken up hungover with a younger man. Meanwhile, Clara has developed a compulsive wink and can't remember if she's taken her meds. Nyri needs to get to Ebbw Vale Hospital via Greggs and Clara is dodging signs telling her – rather rudely – to kill herself, so she can get cracking with her shoplifting list for the Devil.

Interweaving and unexpected connections collide in this fast-moving, touchingly funny one-woman show by Alan Harris.

@NTWtweets / #NTWCare

Ned and the Whale

Company: Flossy and Boo
Dates: 16 - 18 August 2019
Time: times vary 
Running time: 45 minutes
Age suitability: 3+ (but all welcome)
Venue: theSpace@Symposium Hall - The Space Tent 

The magical tail of Ned and the Whale begins a little like this... 

With buckles and swash, this story’s awash with a mysterious odour of fish. 

Though sharp as a pin, Ned’s courage was thin, for his sister was terribly mean. 

She spouted great lies: 'A Kingdom of Spies will steal you and harvest your spleen!' 

A fishy tale of magic and adventure. Sail away on a quest to help Ned find his courage and discover the truth behind the mysterious Kingdom of Spies. Flossy and Boo bring you their curiously spellbinding brand of storytelling.

@flossyandboo / @flossyandbootheatre / #nedandthewhale

The Populars

Company: Volcano Theatre
Show Title: The Populars
Dates: 20 – 25 August 2019 (except 12 & 19)
Time: 21:20
Running time: 60 minutes
Age suitability: 14+
Venue: Summerhall (The Library Gallery)

Join The Populars – four performers throwing a dance party for a divided nation. They are looking to the future and wondering how it will feel when we get there. They have questions for you, things on their minds, and a playlist of great songs that tug at the memory and the muscle fibres. Tell them what you think of the atmosphere, where you last danced your heart out, and who you reckon is the coolest. Expect sweat, sequins, and a thoughtfully upbeat take on what unites or divides us in these uncertain times.

@volcanoUK / #ThePopulars

Neither Here Nor There

Company:Jo Fong and Sonia Hughes 
Dates: 16 – 25 August 2019
Time: 19:15
Running time: 90 minutes
Age suitability: 16+ 
Venue: Summerhall – Courtyard

When was the last time you made time to talk? Life is hectic, and real human connection feels increasingly rare. Artists Sonia Hughes and Jo Fong champion the power of slowing down and having real conversations in their live art performance, Neither Here Nor There. In what audiences have described as ‘inspiring and heartfelt’, this experience engages different voices, perspectives and lives to pose the question, ‘how can we live together?’. Join Sonia and Jo for a short walk, followed by conversations designed to make ‘a leap of faith’ (CCQ Magazine), and surrender to this intimate and refreshing look into the power of communication.

@NHNThere / @jofong / @chaptertweets / #NeitherHereNorThere

It Will Come Later

Company: iCoDaCo
Dates: 16-19, 21 -25 August 20109 
Time: 13:00
Running time: 60 minutes
Age suitability: 8+
Venue: Zoo Southside - main house 

A stripped back, thrilling and edgy contemporary dance work. Performed and watched around a revolving set that’s flooded in light like the shifting light of day, six bodies push against each other in a constant flow of transformation. Never-ending effort is put into minute moments, as the artists seek a greater good, a common goal, and maybe together they will get somewhere. Every moment counts, everyone’s effort matters.

@gwynembertondan / #icodadco / #itwillcomelater

On the Other Hand, We’re Happy

Company: Theatr Clwyd and Paines Plough
Dates: 16-19, 21-24 August 2019 
Time: varying times 
Running time: 70 minutes
Age suitability: 14+
Venue: Roundabout @ Summerhall
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A single Dad meets his adopted daughter for the first time. Then he agrees to meet her birth mother. When their two worlds collide, will what they have in common outweigh their differences? A one-off meeting. But three lives will be changed forever. On the Other Hand, We’re Happy is a tender, funny, hopeful play about being a mum when your name is Dad. Written by Daf James, award-winning writer, composer and performer. His first play Llwyth (Tribe) was a water-shed play that changed the landscape of Welsh language theatre forever.

@ClwydTweets / @painesplough / #ONTHEOTHERHAND


Company: Theatr Clwyd and Paines Plough
Dates: 16,17,19,21-23,25 August 2019 
Time: varies 
Running time: 70 minutes
Age suitability: 14+
Venue: Roundabout @ Summerhall

One sister stayed at home to care for Dad. The other set out to "make a difference". Reunited under their childhood roof, they unearth more than the 10 years between them. It’s a huge gap. Almost insurmountable. And each is determined to let the other know exactly who has done things right. A beautiful, ferocious play about the bonds that tie us and how we sometimes need to break them. Written by Charley Miles, whose heartbreakingly tender debut Blackthorn explored ‘lost love and the fragility and power of nature in... fifty minutes that passed like a dream' (i Newspaper).

@ClwydTweets / @painesplough / #DAUGHTERHOOD

Dexter and Winter’s Detective Agency

Company: Theatr Clwyd and Paines Plough
Dates: 17,18 and 24,25 August 2019
Time: 11:20
Running time: 50 minutes
Age suitability: 5+ (7 and older)
Venue: Roundabout @ Summerhall

When Dexter’s mum is sent to jail for getting mixed up in a jewellery robbery, it’s up to Dexter and his best friend Winter to get her out. On their journey to uncover the truth and free mum, their detective work leads them to some surprising discoveries. Dexter and Winter's Detective Agency is a madcap adventure story for all the family from one of the writers behind CBeebies hits Rastamouse, Apple Tree House and Swashbuckle.

@ClwydTweets / @painesplough / #DETECTIVEAGENCY

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