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About National Theatre of Scotland

All of Scotland is our stage. In our heart is an ambition to transform the world in dreams and drama, to make incredible things happen in unbelievable places. We’re where Scotland comes to play. We’re an ever-evolving family of play makers, theatre originals, maverick thinkers. We’re technically adventurous, fearlessly collaborative. We’re what our artists, performers and participants make us. And with no building of our own, we have the freedom to go where our audiences take us. There is no limit to what we believe theatre can be, no limit to the stories we are able to tell. All of Scotland is our stage, and on that stage we perform to the world. We are a theatre of the imagine: a Theatre Without Walls.

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 ticketmaster.co.uk, ticketsoup.com, 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 dearscotland.net 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.

James Tait Black Prize for Drama Ticket Giveaway

james tait black squareFor your chance to claim a pair of tickets to tonight’s James Tait Black Prize for Drama at the Traverse Theatre, visit our Facebook page and be one of the first 5 people to leave your name on the James Tait Black post before 3pm today.

Tonight from 6pm – 7.30pm, extracts from the three finalists’ submissions will be presented, followed by the announcement of this year’s winner.

This £10,000 prize is awarded to the best new play worldwide, demonstrating an original theatrical voice and making a significant contribution to the art form. In 2013, its inaugural year, the Prize went to Tim Price for his play The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning.

Ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink.

Hosted by Joyce McMillan, Theatre Critic, The Scotsman.

We hope to see you there….

Terms and Conditions
1.    Every application to participate in the ticket giveaway must be made by a natural person (the “Participant”). Applications must adhere to the required format. Entry and participation are free.
2.    The first 5 participants to apply, will be offered two free tickets to attend the James Tait Black Prize for Drama.
3.    Tickets will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
4.    All tickets are subject to availability.
5.    Only one application is allowed per person.
6.    The ticket giveaway will close on Monday 11th August at 4pm or when 5 applications have been received in the required format.
7.    Ticket winners will be notified of their success by comment from National Theatre of Scotland on the facebook post on Monday 11th September.
8.    Tickets will be collected by the ticket winner at the venue’s box office unless otherwise stated.
9.    Participants between 13 and 17 years of age must seek parental permission before participating in the giveaway and adhering to the Terms and Conditions. Children under the age of 13 are not permitted to participate in the giveaway.
10.    Ticket winners shall be responsible for all travel, accommodation and other costs related to their attendance at the event.
11.    The Ticket Giveaway will be run and tickets will be awarded at National Theatre of Scotland’s sole discretion. National Theatre of Scotland’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
12.    This competition is for UK residents only.
13.    The facebook comment will be considered as being the formal application. Any application not adhering to the above format, incorrect applications or incomplete applications will be deemed invalid.
14.    The giveaway is not open to employees of National Theatre of Scotland or their relatives.
15.    Participants cannot request a cash alternative or substitution of the prize.
16.    National Theatre of Scotland may, at its sole discretion, suspend a Participant, disqualify any application or vary, amend or waive the Rules and/or the Terms and Conditions at any time or cancel the giveaway at any time in the event of circumstances arising beyond National Theatre of Scotland’s control or which make it desirable to do so. The Participants agree that National Theatre of Scotland shall not be liable as a result thereof and that the exercise of such discretion shall not result in any compensation being payable or paid to any Participant or other person.

James Tait Black Prize for Drama Tickets on sale

james tait black squareJoin the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland and in association with the Traverse Theatre, for The James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2014.

Extracts from the three finalists’ submissions will be presented, followed by the announcement of this year’s winner.

This £10,000 prize is awarded to the best new play worldwide, demonstrating an original theatrical voice and making a significant contribution to the art form. In 2013, its inaugural year, the Prize went to Tim Price for his play The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning.

Ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink.

Hosted by Joyce McMillan, Theatre Critic, The Scotsman.

Date: Mon 11 Aug (6pm)
Location: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tickets: Full price £6 / Standard concessions £4. Book your tickets here.

The amount stated is the final price for tickets through all sales channels. For further fee information, see our Box Office information page.

Glasgow Girls at BBC at the Quay

Glasgow GirlsThe Glasgow Girls will return for a very special performance at BBC at the Quay on Sunday 3 August at 5pm. The one hour long show will feature songs and some adapted scenes from the stage show.

The event is free and unticketed and more details can be found on the BBC website.

 

Glasgow Girls at BBC at the Quay is part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

An age guide of 12+ is suggested.

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).

Design the city’s future at Dear Glasgow 31 July

Graham McLaren and Kieran Hurley by The Tin Forest South RotundaDEAR GLASGOW

You are invited to design Glasgow’s future at an evening of discussion, debate and song inside the iconic South Rotunda on Thursday 31 July 2014, from 7.30pm – 10.30pm

The final event to be unveiled as part of the celebrated Tin Forest Festival at the South Rotunda on Glasgow’s Clydeside, Dear Glasgow is a one-off gathering on Thursday 31 July, inviting audience members to discuss issues, propose ideas and hatch plans for the city’s future. Inspired by The Tin Forest story of the old man who reimagines and rebuilds the world around him, Dear Glasgow offers participants the opportunity to explore ways of doing the same.

Tickets cost £3 and are available from www.thetinforest.com, by phone on 0141 552 4267 and in person at the South Rotunda box office.

Hosted by The Tin Forest Festival director Graham McLaren and acclaimed political theatre-maker Kieran Hurley, the audience will be split into groups and asked to suggest issues and discussion points around Glasgow’s future. A team of roving digital scribes will record these in real time, pinging them onto a huge video wall and simultaneously sharing via thetinforest.com live feed and the twitter hashtag #DearGlasgow. Following a quick vote, six key issues will be shortlisted and the remainder of the evening spent devising a plan of action for each area.

The event will be fast-paced, fun and, although serious issues will be discussed, Graham hopes the tone will be “not too po-faced.” A bar will be set up in the room, a live house band will welcome participants to the building. Kieran evokes celebrated playwright John McGrath, “we want folk to have a good night out.” Across the course of the evening, write a new song in response to some of the issues thrown up in discussion, for the audience to sing as the event’s finale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TIN FOREST SHOW A Puppet Theatre Experience

Rotunda_puppet_sqaureThe Tin Forest events begin again next week as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. Here’s a breakdown of what’s on -

Name: The Tin Forest Show: A Puppet Theatre Experience
Date: Thursday 24 July – Sunday 3 August
Venue: The South Rotunda, Glasgow
What: Adapted from the bestselling book, The Tin Forest is the story of a crabbit wee man who dreams of a better world and decides he’ll just have to build it himself. An oddball cast of lovable bampots and eccentric puppets guide brave punters through manky wee howffs and wide windswept places alike…
Tickets: Get your Tin Forest Show tickets here (£5/£3 no booking fee)

OTHER EVENTS

Name: The Tin Forest International Theatre Festival
Date: Thursday 24 – Monday 28 July
Venue: The South Rotunda, Glasgow
What:  Youth theatre companies from across the Commonwealth perform their own special piece of theatre, inspired by The Tin Forest story. Each evening, two groups will perform their productions on our brand new South Rotunda stage.
Tickets: Choose your show and get your tickets here (£5/£3 no booking fee)

Name: Dear Glasgow
Date: Thursday 31 July
Venue: The South Rotunda, Glasgow
What:  One part people’s parliament, one part Tin Forest-flavoured future hack…Through debate, discussion, and maybe even a bit of a sing-song, we’ll hear and give voice to all our hopes and dreams.
Tickets: Get your Dear Glasgow tickets here

Produced in association with Scottish Youth Theatre and supported by Glasgow Life, Creative Scotland, Homecoming 2014, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Arts and Business Scotland

Be our new Audience Development and Communications Officer

Audience Development and Communications Officer
Salary: £19,028
Based in Glasgow

We are looking for an Audience Development and Communications Officer to help to raise the profile of the National Theatre of Scotland by contributing to and supporting the work of the External Affairs team; this includes audience development, marketing, press and media relations, web, digital and publications.

Full details of the position can be found here.

The closing date for applications is 10am on Monday 14th July
Interviews will be held in Glasgow on Wednesday 30th July