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 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 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 evening of sharings at the Orkney Folk Festival.

The opportunity has been designed in recognition of, and in response to, the strength of Orkney’s various art scenes. We hope to seed cross-fertilisation of these different forms and sectors, bringing artists together and encourage them to think about theatre and performance as a form that gives space for multiple art-forms to come together. 

How it works:

On Thursday 23 May, 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 art-forms. The artists will then be given some ‘conversation guidelines’ and sent off to get to know each other. 

The next morning on Friday 24 May, 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 evening will present their idea as part of an informal evening of sharings at the Orkney Folk Festival. 

Selected artists will be paid a fee of £153.98 for their involvement, calculated at National Theatre of Scotland’s development rate. Other expenses may be covered or reimbursed as agreed.

Artists based in Orkney 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 6 May and artists will be informed of the outcome of their application by the end of the day on Friday 10 May. 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

The Script Reading Programme is the first step for playwrights keen to begin a relationship with the National Theatre of Scotland as it allows us to find writers to whom we can offer support and development opportunities.

We look for writers who can surprise, inspire, provoke, move and entertain us and we’re excited by those plays which – whatever their subject matter or setting - have something urgent to say about the world we live in now.

Every play we receive is read by a member of our highly skilled script reading panel.  The readers recommend the plays that have impressed them most so that the Artistic Development department can identify writers of interest and consider them for talent development opportunities.

We look forward to reading your play.  


Please read the following guidelines before submitting:

  • 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, please 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 will not accept radio plays, television dramas, screenplays, novels, short stories or poems.  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 are able only to accept one play per writer at any one time. Once we have accepted and are reading your script, please do not submit any further scripts until you have received our response. We aim to keep turnaround on a script to a maximum of three months. We can accept a maximum of two scripts from any writer in one calendar year.
  • 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 . If you’re unsure on how to format your script, click here to see the BBC’s Writers Room formatting tips.
  • 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/

Dumfries or Dumfriesshire Based Artist
A residency place for an artist based in Dumfries or Dumfriesshire to develop a new idea for a piece of performance. With access to working space at the Stove if required.

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 2019 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 Open: Monday 18 February
Application Deadline: Monday 20 May at 5pm
Residency should be undertaken: July - September 2019 – dates to be mutually agreed.


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/

Neurodiverse Artist
A residency place for an artist who identifies as neurodiverse. We are particularly interested in hearing from artists who identify as autistic and are interested in making their own performance work.
 

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 2019 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 Open: Monday 18 February
 Application Deadline: Monday 20 May at 5pm
 Residency should be undertaken: July - September 2019 – dates to be mutually agreed.


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.

 An opportunity for six playwrights and artists working with text to go see this legendary piece of Scottish theatre and have a post-show informal discussion with National Theatre of Scotland dramaturg Rosie Kellagher about the Scottish canon. 

A ceilidh through Scotland’s past – and present. From the highland clearances to the oil boom, this is the universal tale of how the greed of a few blights the lives of many. Add a generous dose of Scottish rebellion and irreverence. Throw in some live music and a riotous ceilidh – you’ve got yourself a rollicking great night out. Following 2015’s hugely successful restaging, this new version of The Cheviot takes the story back to its roots, visiting intimate art centres and community spaces, echoing the play’s original 1970s tour by 7:84. Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland in association with Dundee Rep Theatre and Live Theatre, Newcastle. Based on the original production by Dundee Rep Theatre.

DATE: Sunday 19 May

TIME: TBC

LOCATION: Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5 SA

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday 10 May

An opportunity for 6 theatre-makers, writers, directors or actors to go see this legendary piece of Scottish theatre and have a post-show informal discussion with the company. 

A ceilidh through Scotland’s past – and present. From the highland clearances to the oil boom, this is the universal tale of how the greed of a few blights the lives of many. Add a generous dose of Scottish rebellion and irreverence. Throw in some live music and a riotous ceilidh – you’ve got yourself a rollicking great night out. Following 2015’s hugely successful restaging, this new version of The Cheviot takes the story back to its roots, visiting intimate art centres and community spaces, echoing the play’s original 1970s tour by 7:84. Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland in association with Dundee Rep Theatre and Live Theatre, Newcastle. Based on the original production by Dundee Rep Theatre.

DATE: Saturday 25 May

TIME: 7pm

LOCATION: Stenness Community Hall


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday 10 May

  

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 and will be matched into pairs, invited to share their practices and approaches to making work. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from designers, theatre-makers and artists with an interest in virtual reality. Facilitated and guided by Harry Wilson (National Theatre of Scotland Digital Thinker in Residence) over the course of one day the artists will work towards presenting ten minutes of a brand new idea as part of the Rep Stripped festival at Dundee Rep. 

The opportunity has been designed to bring designers, theatre-makers and artists together to learn about virtual reality technology and using this is a prompt to come up with the seed of a brand new idea. 

How it works:

On Monday 22 April, the six artists will be brought together for an intro session led by Harry Wilson. They’ll be introduced as a group and Harry will lead a discussion around different approaches and techniques in working across art-forms with a specific focus on digital technologies and virtual reality. The group will then have a session allowing them to get to grips with some VR technology. 

 At lunchtime, the artists will be matched up and given some ‘conversation guidelines’ and sent off to get to know each other. After lunch, the pairs will begin working, using their experience of the VR workshop to spend the rest of the day together planning a brand new idea for a piece of performance or theatre – with access to rehearsal space at Dundee Rep. They’ll then reconvene in the afternoon of Tuesday 23 April, culminating in a ‘curtain raiser’ sharing of their idea as part of the Rep Stripped festival. 

Selected artists will be paid a fee of £153.98 for their involvement, calculated at National Theatre of Scotland’s development rate. National Theatre of Scotland can make a contribution towards travel costs for selected artists who are based more than 25 miles away.

Artists based in Dundee will be prioritised for this opportunity. 

Proposed Schedule: 

Day 1 – 22nd April 

10am – 11:30am – Session 1 -  The group will be introduced to One Day to Play by Harry Wilson.  Harry will lead a discussion around different approaches and techniques in working across art-forms with a specific focus on digital technologies and virtual reality.

11:30am – 1pm – Session 2 - Abertay University will lead a practical workshop on VR technology. 

1-2pm – Lunch (during which artists will be matched into pairs and given conversation guidelines and sent off to get to know one another)

2pm – 6pm - Pairs will begin working, using their experience of the VR workshop to spend the rest of the day together planning a brand new idea for a piece of performance or theatre – with access to rehearsal space at Dundee Rep

Day 2 – 23rd April 

2pm – 6:30pm  - Pairs continue working culminating in a curtain raiser performance (10mins each piece max)

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Curtain raiser sharing at Dundee Rep. 

How to get involved:

There is a short application process to apply for One Day to Play. Applications close on Monday 1st April and artists will be informed of the outcome of their application by the end of the day on Friday 5th 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

Are you a theatre-maker that’s been sitting on a new, burning idea and need to test it in front of an audience? Or a playwright with a first draft that’s been sitting in a drawer and needs an airing out? Or a performance artist that been experimenting with new materials or forms and want to see how they land? 

In partnership with the Orkney Folk Festival, National Theatre of Scotland’s Engine Room programme is doing an open call for three scratch performances of up to 15 minutes by Orkney-based artists to be staged to an informal and friendly audience as part of our Engine Room Session event. 

Successful artists will receive:

  • A budget of up to £150 to pay for their time, their collaborators time, or any materials
  • Access to a ½ days rehearsal space the day of Engine Room Session
  • An hour long session with a NTS director or dramaturg
  • Structured feedback from audience and NTS staff on their idea if desired

Artists can apply either as individuals or as a collective or group. They must be based in Orkney and must be available in the afternoon and evening of Friday 24 May for rehearsal and performance as part of the Engine Room Session event.

National Theatre of Scotland