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