Listen to The Common Man EP

signsThis year, to coincide with the In Time o’ Strife UK tour, groups of young people aged 16 – 20 took part in a project to create short pieces of contemporary theatre with a strong political message.

Alongside these pieces they recorded eight exciting new tracks to form The Common Man EP which you can listen for free on our Soundcloud Cloud channel.

The EP was compiled by young people from Dundee Rep Youth Theatre, Collision, North East Scotland College, Dundee and Angus College, Toon Speak and New Rhythms for Glasgow, Edinburgh Common Man and Urban Fairytale.

Be our new Gaelic trainees

Gaelic Trainee Director
Gaelic Trainee Producer
Gaelic Trainee Stage Manager
Salary: £350 per week

We are seeking to appoint three Trainees to work on a Gaelic language production touring in Spring 2015. These post-holders will work closely alongside key individuals on the production.
These varied and exciting roles will suit individuals keen to develop their knowledge and experience of theatre. The roles require a good understanding of Gaelic.

To find out more about the roles and how to apply visit our recruitment page or call Fiona Hanrahan on 0141 221 0970 or email

The closing date for applications is 10am on Monday 24 November 2014
Interviews will be held in Glasgow, date to be confirmed

Foghlamach Stiùiridh Gàidhlig
Foghlamach Riochdachaidh Gàidhlig
Foghlamach Manaidsearachd Stèidse Gàidhlig
Tuarastal: £350 san t-seachdain

Tha sinn a’ sùileachadh ri triùir Fhoghlamaich fhastadh airson obair air riochdachadh Gàidhlig a bhios a’ dol air chuairt as t-Earrach 2015. Bidh an luchd-dreuchd sin ag obair gu dlùth air an riochdachadh ri taobh prìomh luchd-obrach fa leth. Bidh na dreuchdan inntinneach is bhrosnachail seo freagarrach do dhaoine fa leth a tha dìoghrasach a thaobh an cuid fiosrachaidh is eòlais air theatar a leasachadh.  Tha na dreuchdan ag iarraidh tuigse mhath don Ghàidhlig.

Feuch gun tadhail sibh air an làraich-lìn againn airson fiosrachadh mun dòigh tagraidh. Faodaidh sibh cuideachd labhairt ri Fiona Hanrahan aig Theatar Nàiseanta na h-Alba air 0141 221 0970. No cuiribh post-d gu

Feumaidh tagraidhean a bhith a-staigh ro 10m air Diluain 24 Samhain 2014.
Bidh na h-agallamhan air an cumail ann an Glaschu, ceann-latha ri dhaingneachadh.

Listen to the Five Minute Theatre Documentary

FMT sqaureYou can now listen again to the BBC Radio 4 documentary on The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know Five Minute Theatre Show. It features behind the scenes coverage and interviews with writers, performers and producers.

Visit the link below:

Theatre practitioners open sessions

The Waiting Room from The Tin ForestWEDNESDAY 26th NOVEMBER 2015

National Theatre of Scotland Rehearsal Room, Civic House, 26 Civic Street, Glasgow G4 9RH

Session 1:  10.00am – 1.00pm
Session 2:  2.00pm – 5.00pm

The National Theatre of Scotland’s Learn department is looking to expand the pool of freelance theatre practitioners with whom we work. So we’re holding two open sessions for practitioners we’ve never met before.

We’d like to meet artists with a minimum of one year’s experience in delivering workshops and creating theatre experiences in both school and community settings across a variety of artforms.

Drama practitioner?  Visual artist?  Filmmaker?  Choreographer?  Lion tamer?
Costume/Set/Lighting designer?  Burlesque artist?  Puppeteer?
We want to meet you, find out more about you, and tell you a bit more about us.

The session will last three hours and will involve practical tasks and team-working, including a one minute pitch to the room, in as creative a way as possible, showcasing your artform and skills. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about past and future National Theatre of Scotland projects.  Further details on the sessions will be sent to those allocated a place.


Places are limited to 15 per session and will be issued on a first-to-book basis, with evidence of relevant experience in the field.

Interested?  Contact National Theatre of Scotland Learning and Outreach Manager, Gillian Gourlay at:

> by 1.00pm on Friday 14th November 2015
> with a copy of your CV
> stating your first choice session to attend

All practitioners who have been allocated a place will be contacted by Wednesday 19th November.

For further information, contact Gillian Gourlay at the email address above, or on 0141 227 9011.

We look forward to meeting you soon…!


Let The Right One In heads to New York

shoesSt. Ann’s Warehouse, New York, to present the American premiere of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Let The Right One In, directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner John Tiffany, 20 January – 15 February 2015.

We are delighted to announce that St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn will present the American premiere of our critically acclaimed South Bank Sky Arts award-winning production Let the Right One In, 20 January – 15 February, 2015.

The production, which had its world premiere at Dundee Rep Theatre in 2013, will reunite Tony and Olivier award-winning Director, John Tiffany, with the National Theatre of Scotland for whom he was Associate Director until 2012.

The American Premiere is presented by St. Ann’s with the National Theatre of Scotland, by arrangement with Bill Kenwright and Marla Rubin Productions Ltd, in association with piece by piece productions.

Let The Right One In, adapted for the stage by writer Jack Thorne from John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Swedish novel and screenplay of the film of the same name, has garnered great critical acclaim with successful runs at Dundee Rep Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End. In 2014 it won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best Theatre.

Let the Right One In is the National Theatre of Scotland’s sixth presentation of work in New York. Previous productions include Black Watch and Beautiful Burnout at St. Ann’s Warehouse, as well as The Bacchae (Lincoln Center Festival), Macbeth (Lincoln Center Festival and Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre) and The Wolves in the Walls (New Victory Theater).

Let the Right One In is a tender, funny and brutal love story following the burgeoning relationship between Oskar, a lonely, bullied teenage boy and Eli, a centuries-old, young vampire who befriends him.

The world-class creative team behind the production includes director, John Tiffany, a Tony and Olivier award-winning director, with associate direction from Tony Award-nominee, Steven Hoggett. Both bring their trademark physicality and lyricism to this new adaptation by the two-time BAFTA Award-winning writer Jack Thorne. The production features original music by BAFTA Award-winning Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds, set design by Tony Award-winner Christine Jones, lighting design by Chahine Yavroyan, sound design by Olivier Award-winner Gareth Fry and special effects design by Jeremy Chernick.

This production has received additional funds from The New York Theater Program of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYSCA and the NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs.

Full casting to be announced.

Watch The Tin Forest International Performing Company online

International Performing Company performing outside the south rotundaIf you’re missing the balmy summer days of Glasgow 2014 or if you couldn’t make it to the city you can now watch The Tin Forest International Performing Company performances online.

Inspired by The Tin Forest story and by a string of iconic Clydeside landmarks, The Tin Forest International Performing Company brought Glasgow’s riverside to life over three special days in July 2014.

Ninety young theatre makers from across the Commonwealth formed 5 groups, representing the people – past and present – who have lived in and passed through Glasgow:
the Forgotten, the Workers, the Dreamers, the Players and the Travellers.

Each group created a piece of pop-up theatre inspired by a riverside landmark. All the performances and more information can be viewed here.


Glasgow Girls at the Ryder Cup Gala Concert

Glasgow GirlsAn excerpt of Glasgow Girls will feature in the in the Ryder Cup Gala Concert at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Wednesday 24 September. Tickets are available from,, or by calling 08444 999 990 or 0844 395 4000.

Other artists and companies to feature are Jake Bugg, Nile Rodgers, Texas, Amy Macdonald, Twin Atlantic, Nina Nesbitt, Eddi Reader, Midge Ure, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera.

Based on a true story, Glasgow Girls follows a group of seven teenage girls whose lives are changed forever when they arrive at school one day to be told that one of their friends – and her asylum seeking family – have been forcibly taken from their home to be deported.

Their campaign for their friend became one of the most vocal and powerful asylum campaigns to capture the imagination of the media and to inspire a community to unite behind its residents; Glasgow Girls is not just a life-affirming musical, it is their story.

Conceived for the stage and directed by Cora Bissett. Book by David Greig. Music and Lyrics by Cora Bissett, Sumati Bhardwaj (Soom T), Patricia Panther and the Kielty Brothers

Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Citizens Theatre, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd and Pachamama Productions, in association with Merrigong Theatre Company (Australia).

Write your postcard to Scotland

dsThis year we’ve been asking audiences to share their rants and regrets, love letters or break-up sentiments, advice or demands, hopes and dreams to create a living record of this momentous year.

Audiences who attended shows throughout the year from Lossiemouth to Paisley, Edinburgh to Orkney and from Mull to Stirling and everywhere in between have been filling out postcards to Scotland and sending them back to create a portrait of Scotland.

You can visit the site directly at to post your Dear Scotland postcard and read what other people from across Scotland and the world have had to say.

See IN TIME O STRIFE at the Parliament on Sunday 17 August

IToS3_squareThere will be a showcase performance of In Time o’ Strife on Sunday 17 August at 4pm at the Scottish Parliament as part of the Festival of Politics.

The 45 minute showcase of Joe Corrie’s drama about a Fife mining community during the General Strike will be followed by a discussion and question and answer session with Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, and director Graham McLaren.

Corrie wrote In Time o’ Strife whilst on strike himself, to raise funds for the soup kitchens feeding the miners and their starving families. Graham McLaren’s powerful re-imagining of the drama is driven by live, gutsy, folk-punk songs and intense, full-blooded choreography.

Tickets are £10 or £8 (concessions) and are available here.

Play about war wins James Tait Black Prize for Drama

james tait black squareCannibals by British playwright Rory Mullarkey has won this year’s James Tait Black Prize for Drama. The play is Mullarkey’s first full-length play and the second work to win the drama category for Britain’s oldest literary awards.

Cannibals is set in a remote region of Eastern Europe. It centres on the story of Lizaveta, who is forced to leave her home when her husband is killed by a soldier fighting in an indeterminate war. On the run, she meets a variety of characters and ultimately becomes a victim of human trafficking, taken to England as a paid-for bride.

The winner of the £10,000 prize was revealed at an award ceremony on Monday 11 August in the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, presented by theatre critic Joyce McMillan. The National Theatre of Scotland produced readings from extracts of all three shortlisted plays for the event.

The other shortlisted plays also deal with global issues and their effect on the individual. Some Other Mother by A J Taudevin explores the emotional wounds caused by immigration and George Brant’s Grounded looks at the ramifications of drone warfare.

George Aza-Selinger, Literary Manager at the National Theatre of Scotland said: “It was an incredibly exciting field from which to choose a winner this year. However, Rory Mullarkey’s play stood out for me from the very first scene, one of the most heart-rending and truthful depictions of love that I have ever read. Cannibals is a play of soaring originality, authenticity and ambition.”

The drama prize was launched in 2012 by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland and in association with the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. It was judged by students and academics from the University of Edinburgh, as well as representatives from the National Theatre of Scotland and Traverse Theatre.

The winning entry must demonstrate an original theatrical voice and makes a significant contribution to the art form.