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Scottish shows popular at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Tam O'Shanter
Image caption Tam o'Shanter is performed in the Scots language

Macbeth performed entirely in Scots, a large-scale production of a famous Robert Burns' poem and a children's show exploring Scottish music.

Theatre showcasing Scottish heritage and culture is popular at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

A number of high-profile shows have been written and performed in the Scots language.

The Boy and the Bunnet is a children's show - written to introduce children to Scots.

James Robertson, writer of the piece, said: "It's a Scottish version of Peter and the Wolf.

"It's a story which is written in Scots and the characters are represented by different musical instruments in Scottish traditional music."

Scots language

Another show written and performed in Scots, Tam o'Shanter, is a large-scale production by the Communicado theatre company - who have adapted Robert Burns' famous poem for the stage.

Gerry Mulgrew, the writer and director of the musical, said it was very important for Scottish theatre to play a central role at the Fringe.

He said: "It's a provocation and also an important part of the mix of the whole thing that the Scots should present themselves in the way they want to present themselves."

Jon Morgan, director of the Federation of Scottish Theatre, maintains that the festival is vital for showcasing new Scottish theatre and talent.

He said: "It's the best festival in the world for reaching international promoters and audiences and it's on our doorstep so it's a perfect opportunity for Scottish theatre and dance companies to be profiled - within the festival."

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Media captionShows highlighting Scottish heritage and culture feature at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival

For the past four years, a number of Scottish companies and performers at the Fringe have been supported by the Made in Scotland showcase.

The project is funded by the Scottish government and each year about 12 shows which have been produced in Scotland are promoted at the Fringe.

Mr Morgan said: "The idea is to help Scottish companies present their work at the Fringe in the best possible way - with the best conditions - and importantly, put them in touch with international promoters and programmers who are coming to the festival."

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