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Smash It Up - Mr and Mrs Clark 2015 will be at Edinburgh Festival. Image Jo Haycockk, The Riverfront. Image Jo Haycock Smash It Up - Mr and Mrs Clark 2015. Image Jo Haycock

Expect the unexpected as Wales prepares to showcase cutting-edge, homegrown creative talents at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

This year, Edinburgh Festival and The Fringe will host over 3,000 acts, from experimental circus to the biggest names on the comedy circuit. The arts extravaganza, taking place throughout August, invites some of the most interesting and challenging theatre, music and dance from across the world to the Scottish culture capital. Not to be outdone, the Welsh troops have rallied and are set to enact some of their most original performances for the global stage.

In total, 12 companies from Wales will be in Edinburgh. They will have the opportunity to present their work to international audiences and subsequently bring the Welsh richness of talent into the spotlight overseas.

Three of the nation's most pioneering performing arts organisations have been selected by the British Council to represent the best of British creative endeavor at Edinburgh Festival 2015.

Among them is Jo Fong who presents An Invitation...; a playful experimental dance theatre piece about connection, spontaneity and uncertainty. The work relies on audience participation. Deep immersion in the experience of an evolving work is a fascinating journey but it depends heavily on what each spectator can positively contribute to the process. It's a gamble and promises to be an exhilerating experience.

Sherman Cymru present Iphigenia In Splott. Inspired by the Greek myth, the production focuses on the impact that the welfare cuts are having on today s society and fuses coarse poetry with the language intrinsic to the Cardiff suburb of Splott.

Scriptography Productions bring To Kill a Machine to Edinburgh. The unique and innovative piece of theatre tells the heartbreaking story of Alan Turing, a man guilty only of knowledge, homosexuality and refusing to live a lie. The piece documents how Turing was vilified for his sexuality and suicide only to be resurrected to hero after his death.

Black Stuff from Volcano Theatre Company is surreal, funny and spectacular. This is an unsentimental exploration of life, art, coal and politics by one of Wales s most consistently inventive performance company.

Caitlin, 2015. Light, Ladd & Emberton. Caitlin, 2015. Light, Ladd & Emberton.

In CAITLIN by Light, Ladd & Emberton - which is coming to Chapter Arts Centre during August - the audiences are invited into a circle of 40 chairs, set out for an AA meeting. The performance documents Caitlin Thomas' determined effort to deal with her tempestuous past and her tumultuous relationship with husband, Dylan Thomas.

Mr & Mrs Clark present Smash It Up - a full-length theatre show developed from a performance-as-research project that investigates destruction as an artistic device and tool.

Alongside this creative outpouring, Wales will also have its own networking event held on 25 August. The event aims to encourage existing and established interest from programmers from other countries and cultures. It hopes to inspire creative conversations and work towards developing the arts sector in Wales, helping it engage internationally.

Wales in Edinburgh is one of a suite of major international initiatives spearheaded by Wales Arts International. It is a result of Welsh Government s drive to support cultural businesses to extend their reach and become more sustainable.

Ffion Owen-Strong, Project Manager for Wales in Edinburgh concluded: "It's the best festival in the world for reaching international promoters and audiences so it's a perfect opportunity for Wales performing arts companies to be profiled within the festival. The idea is to help Welsh 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."

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival runs from 7 -31 August; tickets can be bought online

www.edfringe.com