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.

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/

POLITICAL COMEDY WRITER (WOMEN/FEMALE/FEMME-IDENTIFYING OR NON-BINARY)
A residency place for a writer that identifies as a woman, female, femme or non-binary to explore or further develop an idea for a piece of political comedy for the stage.

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 13 February
Application Deadline: Monday 19 August at 5pm

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 6pm on Friday 6 September.
Residency should be undertaken: October - December 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/

Artist Using a Minority Language (BSL, Gaelic or Scots)
A residency place for an artist who uses a minority language (BSL, Gaelic or Scots) to focus on a new idea for a piece of performance or to focus on developing or moving forward 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 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 13 February 

Application Deadline: Monday 19 August at 5pm

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 6pm on Friday 6 September.


Residency should be undertaken: October - December 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.

 
Collaborator Speed-dating in partnership with Echo Chamber
As part of Engine Room Lounge
22 August
12.30pm - 3.30pm

A speed-dating session for composers, sound designers and artists making music and sound for theatre and for directors or theatre makers who want to connect with them. In January 2019, National Theatre of Scotland brought together artists making sound and music for theatre, to share their experiences and discuss career progression. The group have continued to meet and stay in touch under the name Echo Chamber. 

Engine Room in partnership with the Edinburgh International Festival:

  

Navigating International Waters

Following last year’s partnership on The Scale of Female Ambition, this year the Edinburgh International Festival and National Theatre of Scotland collaborate on Navigating International Waters, a new artist development opportunity, supporting and enabling leading artists of the future to meet with their peers, to connect and see a curated programme of Edinburgh International Festival productions. 

Navigating International Waters will offer five selected performance makers from Scotland’s ethnic minority communities, who lead their own work in the fields of live performance, theatre, dance or music: 

  • Free      tickets to a curated programme of Edinburgh International Festival shows
  • A      place on the EIF’s Cross Currents Programme of artist focused development      opportunities www.eif.co.uk/about/learning-and-engagement/our-work-with-talent-development and meetings and      connections with artists programmed in the Edinburgh      International Festival.
  • A      dedicated session with Associate and Artistic Directors of the National      Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival to discuss      programming and organisational leadership. 
  • Dedicated      one on one session with Engine Room Producer Anna Hodgart to discuss      leading on projects, reflect on current practice and consider future      project potential.
  • Travel expenses will covered


Dates, Times and Locations

2pm – 4pm. Wednesday 31 July – Introductory session with National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival Artistic Directors at The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh
EH1 2NE

2pm - 4th August – La Reprise Histoire(s) du theatre (I)

8pm - 11th August – Kalakuta Republik 

7.15pm - 15th August -  Eugene Onegin

7.30pm - 17th August – Red Dust Road (There is a possible pre-show event on offer for this work – timings to be confirmed)

8pm - 20th August - Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation

8pm - 22nd August - Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True 

Timings TBC (session will be an hour in length) - Monday 26 August – one on one session with Anna Hodgart, Engine Room Producer at Rockvilla, 125 Craighall Road, Glasgow, G4 9TL.

2pm – 6pm, Wednesday 4th September – Group debrief with Anna Hodgart Engine Room Producer at National Theatre of Scotland and Wezi Mhura, International Festival Programme Associate at EIF at Rockvilla, 125 Craighall Road, Glasgow G4 9TL. Refreshments provided!

  

Closing date: 12pm, 31 May. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 7 June.

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