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.

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/ 


Artist of Colour

A residency place for an artist of colour / black or brown identifying artist 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 Open: 28 November

Applications Close: 12noon - 31 Jan 2020

Decisions: By 6pm on 10 Feb 2020

Timescale for Residency: April – June

Panel: Anna Hodgart (NTS), Nima Séne (Artist), Sara Shaarawi (Playwright)


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 of Colour
A residency place for an artist of colour / black or brown identifying artist 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 Open: 28 November

Applications Close: 12noon 31 Jan 20

Decisions: By 6pm on 10 Feb

Timescale for Residency: April – June

Panel: Rosie Kellagher (NTS), Bejal Desai (NTS), Fiona Sturgeon-Shea (Playwrights Studio Scotland)

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.

All Engine Room activity seeks to create space for artists, and we get that sometimes you just need a physical space. 

Through Guest Room we’ll regularly offer out our rehearsal studios at Rockvilla to artists with an idea they need to get up and at. 

Whilst you’re in our Guest Room, we’ll look after you – whether that’s with technical equipment, advice and support or keeping you caffeinated with access to our tea and coffee supplies.  Guest Room is aimed at artists with a burning idea that they need space to explore. Whether you are a solo artist, a team or a company and whether the idea is embryonic or fully formed, we want to throw the doors of Rockvilla open and invite you in.  

Guest Room can be used as inkind contribution towards a funding application and we aim to build in enough turnaround time to allow for this.   

Applications are now open for the following dates:  W/c 27 April – 1 May (Playroom). 

Applications close Monday 6 Jan, decisions by Friday 10 Jan.  

For your information further Guest Room dates for 2020 as follows: 6 – 10 July (Playroom); 5-10 October (Playroom); 14 – 18 December (Playroom). 

Applications will open with each new Engine Room season.   

How it works: We’ll offer out space in our rehearsal rooms in week long bursts.  Where available we will offer technical equipment and support (we cannot guarantee access to equipment as what is available will vary) and offer advice and mentoring: producing, dramaturgical, technical.  You will have access to printing facilities, tea and coffee supplies and can make use of our kitchen and social spaces 

As with all Engine Room activity we can offer a contribution towards travel and other expenses to allow those not based locally to make use of Rockvilla. Please email engineroom@nationaltheatrescotland.com to outline your access needs.  

 If selected for Guest Room, the offer will be contingent upon a risk assessment. If the activity is deemed high risk by the company the offer will be rescinded. 

All Engine Room activity seeks to create space for artists, and we get that sometimes you just need a physical space. 

Through Guest Room we’ll regularly offer out our rehearsal studios at Rockvilla to artists with an idea they need to get up and at. Whilst you’re in our Guest Room, we’ll look after you – whether that’s with technical equipment, advice and support or keeping you caffeinated with access to our tea and coffee supplies.  

Guest Room is aimed at artists with a burning idea that they need space to explore. Whether you are a solo artist, a team or a company and whether the idea is embryonic or fully formed, we want to throw the doors of Rockvilla open and invite you in.  

Guest Room can be used as inkind contribution towards a funding application and we aim to build in enough turnaround time to allow for this.   

Applications are now open for the following dates:  W/c 27 April – 1 May (Playroom). 

Applications close Monday 6 Jan, decisions by Friday 10 Jan.  


For your information further Guest Room dates for 2020 as follows: 6 – 10 July (Playroom); 5-10 October (Playroom); 14 – 18 December (Playroom). 

Applications will open with each new Engine Room season.   

How it works: We’ll offer out space in our rehearsal rooms in week long bursts.  Where available we will offer technical equipment and support (we cannot guarantee access to equipment as what is available will vary) and offer advice and mentoring: producing, dramaturgical, technical.  You will have access to printing facilities, tea and coffee supplies and can make use of our kitchen and social spaces.

As with all Engine Room activity we can offer a contribution towards travel and other expenses to allow those not based locally to make use of Rockvilla. Please email engineroom@nationaltheatrescotland.com to outline your access needs.  

If selected for Guest Room, the offer will be contingent upon a risk assessment. If the activity is deemed high risk by the company the offer will be rescinded. 

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