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Edinburgh Theatre Arts at St Ninian's Hall

Maeve Wood (Blousey) and Joel Fossard-Jones (Bugsy Malone), Tom Wren

Bugsy Malone

Curve Community Production at Curve Theatre, Leicester

Hannah Norris, Underbelly Productions


Underbelly Productions at Underbelly Med Quad

Techies: The Musical,

Techies: The Musical

Guild Musical Theatre Group at the University of Birmingham at theSpace on the Mile

Andrew Gallo (as Mick Avory), Garmon Rhys (Pete Quaife), Ray Davies as himself, Ryan O'Donnell (Ray) and Mark Newnham (Dave Davies),

Sunny Afternoon

Sonia Friedman Productions & Ambassador Theatre Group at Opera House, Manchester


Hackney Empire presents TWIST Theatre Company at C

Made Up,

Made Up

Fast Food Collective at Underbelly, Cowgate


At Large Theatre Company at Sweet Grassmarket



Michael Seiden and The Poets' Theatre at Paradise in Augustines


Modl Theatre (Korea) at C cubed

Still Here,

Still Here

Theatre For Justice at ZOO at St Mary's South Lawn


Grist for the Mill Productions at Spotlites

Inspiring Impressionism,

Art in Edinburgh

Scottish National Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art



dreamthinkspeak at Winter Gardens Hotel, Blackpool


Theatre Tours International at Assembly Roxy

Qi Bingxue as Lady Yang and Wu Husheng as the Emperor in Shanghai Ballet's Echoes of Eternity, Chen Wen

Echoes of Eternity

Shanghai Ballet in co-production with Shanghai Grand Theatre at London Coliseum


Atelier Bildraum, Big in Belgium & Richard Jordan, Theatre Royal Plymouth at Summerhall


Snuff Box Theatre in association with Underbelly Untapped at Underbelly, Cowgate

Adler & Gibb

Tim Crouch and the Royal Court Theatre at Summerhall

Glasgow Girls

Pachamama Productions, National Theatre of Scotland and Regular Music at Assembly Hall



Gilded Balloon Teviot

William Gaunt as John Anthony, Johan Persson


Chichester Festival Theatre at Minerva Theatre, Chichester


Worklight at Pleasance Courtyard



Acting Coach Scotland at SpaceTriplex

Leaf by Niggle

Puppet State Theatre Company at Scottish Storytelling Centre

While You Wait

BTG has partnered with Fuel Theatre on a series of podcasts called While You Wait.

  1. Waiting... Now by Paul Clark in collaboration with Bill Brewer
  2. Waiting... to be born by Lewis Gibson in collaboration with Debra Bick and Sarah Beake
  3. Waiting... in a hairdressers by Malika Booker in collaboration with Emily Butterworth
  4. Waiting... to come home by Caroline Horton in collaboration with Jennifer Wild
  5. Waiting... for a Cancer Diagnosis by Brian Lobel, in collaboration with Iain Perdue
  6. Waiting... are we? By The Company in collaboration with Jonathan Reades and Raphael Woolf
  7. Waiting... for a loved one to die by Rachel Mars in collaboration with Fliss Murtagh
  8. Waiting... for the inevitable by Toby Jones in collaboration with Peter Giese

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