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.

Thank you for approaching the National Theatre of Scotland with your research and development or theatre production proposal. 

In the first instance your approach will be considered by the Artistic Team with the following criteria in mind: the quality of, and our excitement about, the idea, the track record of the artist or company and how well your project fits in with current programme priorities, programme gaps, available resource and timescale. 

If your project is something that we feel we can support in some way, we will connect you with the staff member best placed to move your request forward. 

It is unlikely that we will prioritise ideas from artists/companies whose work we are not familiar with for R&D and production opportunities. Therefore, if you wish to build a relationship with us before submitting a proposal, please do so via our artist development programme Engine Room, by submitting to our Script Reading Programme, or by keeping us informed of any upcoming productions/showcases where you might be presenting work by emailing invitations@nationaltheatrescotland.com 

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
National Theatre of Scotland