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

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.
After testing out the format of Guest Room in June, September and December 2017, we recognise there is a need to bring the application process forward in order to enable applicants who want to apply for funding to support their Guest Room weeks. With that in mind applications are now open for the following dates:

W/b 8 April

W/b 24 June


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).
Where available we will 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
How to apply:
You can apply for Guest Room by submitting the form below. Applications will close on 1 February 2019.
Successful artists will be selected by the Artistic Development team and criteria for selection is how well the artist illustrates the benefit of Guest Room to them at this point in the project’s development.
Please note we will not be able to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications


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.
After testing out the format of Guest Room in June, September and December 2017, we recognise there is a need to bring the application process forward in order to enable applicants who want to apply for funding to support their Guest Room weeks. With that in mind applications are now open for the following dates:

W/b 8 April

W/b 24 June


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).
Where available we will 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
How to apply:
You can apply for Guest Room by submitting the form below. Applications will close on 1 February 2019.
Successful artists will be selected by the Artistic Development team and criteria for selection is how well the artist illustrates the benefit of Guest Room to them at this point in the project’s development.
Please note we will not be able to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications


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. 

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 from an ethnic minority community 

A residency place for an artist from an ethnic minority community to focus on a new ambitious 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 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: Wednesday 28 November

Application Deadline: Monday 25 February at 5pm

Residency should be undertaken: April – June 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/
 

Assistant Lighting Designer (Women/Female/femme-identifying or non-binary)

A residency place for an emerging Lighting Designer to assist on one of the following National Theatre of Scotland 2019 productions:

Them!: Rehearsing w/c 27th May, 3rd June, 10Th June; tech & build w/c 17th June

Red Dust Road: Rehearsing w/c 8th July, 15th July, 22nd July, 29th July; tech 5th Aug

The Panopticon: Rehearsing w/c 30th Sept, 7th Oct, 14th Oct, 21st Oct

Production dates are subject to slight change.

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: Wednesday 28 November
Application Deadline: Monday 25 February at 5pm

Applicants must specify which production/s they would be available and interested to work on.

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.

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 (spoken word, dance, theatre, visual art, music) and will be matched into pairs, invited to share their practices and approaches to making work. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from spoken word and dance artists. Facilitated and guided by Jenny Lindsay (of Flint & Pitch/ formerly Rally & Broad) over the course of one day the artists will work towards presenting ten minutes of a brand new idea as part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Just Start Here Festival.

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

How it works:

On the 6th March, the six artists will be brought together for an intro session led by Jenny Lindsay. They’ll be matched up, introduced and Jenny will lead 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. 

At lunch time, the pairs will be given a provocation or question to get them started. Using the provocation they’ll 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 the Anatomy Rooms and some materials as required. Then on the 8th March, they’ll reconvene, and that evening will present their idea as part of Just Start Here. 

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 Aberdeen 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 11 February and artists will be informed of the outcome of their application by the end of the day on Friday 15 February. 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

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