The National Theatre of Scotland was established in 2006 and has created over 200 productions. Being a theatre without walls, the Company presents a wide variety of work that ranges from large-scale productions to projects tailored to the smallest performing spaces. In addition to conventional theatres, the Company has performed in airports, schools, tower blocks, community halls, ferries and forests.

The Company has toured extensively across Scotland, the rest of the UK and worldwide. Notable productions include Black Watch by Gregory Burke which won four Laurence Olivier Awards amongst a multitude of awards, the award-winning landmark historical trilogy The James Plays by Rona Munro, a radical reimagining of Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, presented in Glasgow and at the Lincoln Center Festival and subsequently, Broadway, New York and Let The Right One In, adapted by Jack Thorne from John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel and screenplay, which won the 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award for theatre.

The National Theatre of Scotland creates much of its work in partnership with theatre-makers, companies, venues and participants across the globe. From extraordinary projects with schools and communities, to the ground-breaking online 5 Minute Theatre to immersive pieces such as David Greig’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, the National Theatre of Scotland’s aspiration is to tell the stories that need to be told and to take work to wherever audiences are to be found.

  

ONE DAY TO PLAY 

In partnership with Live Borders 

One Day to Play is a paid opportunity for six artists to experiment across art-forms and to generate a brand new idea.

Six artists will be selected from across different art forms (music, theatre, spoken word, dance, poetry & prose, visual art) and from different areas of the Borders. They will be matched into pairs, invited to share their practices and approaches to making work. Facilitated and guided by a director over the course of one day the artists will work towards presenting ten minutes of a brand new idea for a piece of live performance as part of an afternoon of sharings at Duns Play Fest. The artists will then receive a free ticket to go to see Near Gone by Two Destination Language. 

The opportunity has been designed to bring together artists from across the borders and from various disciplines. We hope to seed cross-fertilisation of these different forms and sectors, bringing artists together and encouraging them to think about theatre and performance as a form that gives space for multiple artforms to come together as well as to give artists who live and work in the Borders a chance to meet with and work together.

How it works

On Tuesday 5 May, 2pm-6pm, the six artists will be brought together for an intro session. They’ll be matched up, introduced and participate in a discussion around different approaches and techniques in working across artforms. The artists will then be given some ‘conversation guidelines’ and sent off to get to know each other.

The next morning on Wednesday 6 May at 10am, the pairs will be given a provocation or question to get them started. Using the provocation they’ll spend the day together planning a brand new idea for a piece of performance or theatre – with access to rehearsal space and some materials as required and that afternoon will present their idea as part of an informal sharing/

Selected artists will be paid a fee of £157.91 for their involvement, calculated at National Theatre of Scotland’s development rate. Other travel expenses may be covered or reimbursed as agreed to enable artists to meet in Duns

Artists based in the Borders will be prioritised for this opportunity.

How to get involved

There is a short application process to apply for One Day to Play. Applications close on Monday 30 March at 12noon and artists will be informed of the outcome of their application by the end of the day on Friday 4 April. One Day to Play is open to all artists and there is no experience level requirement.  Criteria for selection will be based on:

  • How      excited the panel are by the artists’ articulation of their practice
  • Who      is most likely to benefit from the opportunity

Please read the following guidelines before submitting your play:

  • We will only read scripts by writers who are based in Scotland, unless that script has been previously professionally produced. Unfortunately, we cannot make exceptions regardless of content.
  • Scripts can be submitted in English, Scots or Scottish Gaelic. If submitting a Gaelic script, we would be grateful if you could fill in the submission form in English and tick the relevant box to indicate that your play is written in Gaelic, so that we can process your script more swiftly.
  • We are only able to accept plays written for the stage.  We are also unable to accept extracts or incomplete drafts of plays.
  • After submitting your play, you will be redirected to Survey Monkey to answer some questions which will help us monitor who is engaging with us in order that we can ensure we are connecting with as diverse a range of writers as possible.  Please note that this information is separate from your submission and will NOT be available to the person reading your script.  
  • We can accept a maximum of two scripts from any writer in one calendar year.  Once we have accepted and are reading your script, please do not submit any further scripts until you have received our response.
  • You may submit any script once only. We cannot accept a script we have already read, regardless of redevelopment or changes. 
  • Scripts should be clearly formatted. 
  • All plays sent to us are automatically acknowledged but if you have any queries regarding your submission, please contact us at scripts@nationaltheatrescotland.com

The Starter Programme is open to artists across art forms (including theatre, music, sound, movement, film, visual art, story-telling, spoken word etc), who wish to explore a new or existing, bold and vital live performance idea that moves forward their practice and career. For more information about the programme please visit our website: www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/collaborate/engine-room/
 

 D/deaf Artist
A residency place for an artist that identifies as D/deaf to focus on a new idea for a piece of performance or to facilitate a forward-shift in their practice.

 To apply,
You must:
 ·        Be resident in Scotland
 ·        Be over 18 years of age
 ·        Be able to demonstrate that you’ve undertaken a relevant artistic project (outwith formal studies)
 ·        Must be eligible to work in the UK and be able to provide evidence through the presentation of a valid passport or VISA if you are a non EU resident.

You must not:
 ·        Be in full time education


Selection Process
 1. Each residency place will be selected by a panel comprising of National Theatre of Scotland staff and external artists and companies. The applications that excite the panel most will be selected. We hope to be excited by:
  a) the ideas or forms being explored
 b) the stated benefit to the artist’s practice


 2. Whilst some Starter residencies are targeted, we would like to select a 2020 cohort who will reflect Scotland’s diversity. This includes gender, geographic, linguistic, ethnic, economic and cultural diversity. Our intention is to have a gender balance across the cohort, and include artists from ethnic minority communities, those who identify as disabled, artists based outside of the central belt and speakers of Scotland’s minority languages.


 3. Whilst applications are open to artists at all stages and points in their careers, and selection will be made primarily according to the first two criteria above, in making their selection the panel will prioritise artists who have some practical experience in the area in which they propose to work (for example if you are a performer looking to write a play, you should ideally have some playwriting experience). Similarly we may be less likely to prioritise artists who have had more than three fully funded and professionally produced opportunities for selection.
 Please note that due to the number of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.


Timeline:
Applications Close: 12.00pm, 1 May 2020
Decisions: By 6.00pm on 15 May 2020
Timescale for Residency: July – September 2020
Panel: Caroline Newall (National Theatre of Scotland), Lucy Deere (National Theatre of Scotland), Ramesh Meyyappan (Theatre maker)


Submission Process:
 The online application form is available to complete via Submittable which can accept written, audio and video applications. If Submittable is not accessible to you for any reason  please contact starter@nationaltheatrescotland.com or call 0141 221 0970 and we can consider alternative methods of submission.
 Please do NOT include images or web links.
 All submissions must be in the English language, unless agreed by prior arrangement.
 The Starter Programme is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
 This information is available at www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/collaborate/engine-room/  and can be made available in the following versions: Talking, Large Print, BSL Interpreted, Gaelic Language and Plain English.

The Starter Programme is open to artists across art forms (including theatre, music, sound, movement, film, visual art, story-telling, spoken word etc), who wish to explore a new or existing, bold and vital live performance idea that moves forward their practice and career. For more information about the programme please visit our website: www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/collaborate/engine-room/

A residency place for an artist with an experimental / inter-disciplinary/ Live Art performance practice who is based in a remote or rural location to focus on a new idea or to facilitate a forward-shift in their practice. In partnership with //BUZZCUT//

  To apply,
You must:
  ·        Be resident in Scotland
  ·        Be over 18 years of age
  ·        Be able to demonstrate that you’ve undertaken a relevant artistic project (outwith formal studies)
  ·        Must be eligible to work in the UK and be able to provide evidence through the presentation of a valid passport or VISA if you are a non EU resident.

You must not:
  ·        Be in full time education


Selection Process
  1. Each residency place will be selected by a panel comprising of National Theatre of Scotland staff and external artists and companies. The applications that excite the panel most will be selected. We hope to be excited by:
   a) the ideas or forms being explored
  b) the stated benefit to the artist’s practice


  2. Whilst some Starter residencies are targeted, we would like to select a 2020 cohort who will reflect Scotland’s diversity. This includes gender, geographic, linguistic, ethnic, economic and cultural diversity. Our intention is to have a gender balance across the cohort, and include artists from ethnic minority communities, those who identify as disabled, artists based outside of the central belt and speakers of Scotland’s minority languages.


  3. Whilst applications are open to artists at all stages and points in their careers, and selection will be made primarily according to the first two criteria above, in making their selection the panel will prioritise artists who have some practical experience in the area in which they propose to work (for example if you are a performer looking to write a play, you should ideally have some playwriting experience). Similarly we may be less likely to prioritise artists who have had more than three fully funded and professionally produced opportunities for selection.
  Please note that due to the number of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.


Timeline:
Applications Close: 12.00pm, 1 May 2020
Decisions: By 6.00pm on 15 May 2020
Timescale for Residency: July – September 2020
Panel: Anna Hodgart (National Theatre of Scotland), Bejal Desai (National Theatre of Scotland), Karl Taylor (//BUZZCUT//)


Submission Process:
  The online application form is available to complete via Submittable which can accept written, audio and video applications. If Submittable is not accessible to you for any reason  please contact starter@nationaltheatrescotland.com or call 0141 221 0970 and we can consider alternative methods of submission.
  Please do NOT include images or web links.
  All submissions must be in the English language, unless agreed by prior arrangement.
  The Starter Programme is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
  This information is available at www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/collaborate/engine-room/  and can be made available in the following versions: Talking, Large Print, BSL Interpreted, Gaelic Language and Plain English.

A key part of what feeds an artists' making process is seeing other work. Go See is an opportunity for five artists to go see a show together. Artists will register interest and be chosen at random. 

The Enemy 

A radical re-imagining of the classic Henrik Ibsen play about truth, power and deception from Kieran Hurley, award-winning playwright and screenwriter of the critically acclaimed Scottish indie film Beats.

In a once great Scottish town, a massive redevelopment project promises to bring money, jobs and new prospects to its forgotten population. However, when Dr Kirsten Stockmann discovers a dangerous secret, she knows she must bring the truth to light – no matter the cost.

A provocative and timely drama about corruption, politics and the media featuring a brooding original soundtrack and live video, The Enemy is a uniquely Scottish take on Henrik Ibsen’s timeless work.


DATE: Wednesday 29 April
TIME: 7pm - 9pm
LOCATION: Clydebank Town Hall

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday 24 April

National Theatre of Scotland