Amnesty International has chosen seven Edinburgh Festival productions for its 2017 Freedom of Expression Award shortlist.

The Award, given annually to an outstanding Fringe production with a strong human rights message, will be announced at a ceremony in the City Arts Centre in Edinburgh on Friday 25 August.

Naomi McAuliffe, Amnesty International's Scotland programme director, said: "In a year when political strife is universal and artists are being denied visas to perform at the world's largest arts festival, it is essential we continue to champion freedom of expression."

The shortlist includes National Theatre Scotland's Adam, which charts the real life story of Egyptian performer Adam Kashmiry dealing with his trans identity. Read our review of Adam here.

Also shortlisted is Selina Thompson's Salt., a play aiming to smash concepts of "imperialism, capitalism, racism", in the context of the slave trade. Our review of the show called it "a powerful, potent reminder".

The full list of nominees are:

National Theatre Scotland
Traverse Theatre

Gilded Balloon and RedBeard Theatre
Gilded Balloon

Aakash Odedra Limited
Zoo Southside

Selina Thompson Ltd

The Fall
Baxter Theatre Centre at the University of Cape Town
Assembly Hall

What If I Told You
[email protected] Fringe

Play the Spotlight Theatre
Gilded Balloon Teviot

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