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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.

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, 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 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)


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


Script reading programme now open

Former Pearson Playwright in Residence Kieran Hurley in a scene from Rantin (National Theatre of Scotland/ Arches).

Former Pearson Playwright in Residence Kieran Hurley in a scene from Rantin (National Theatre of Scotland/ Arches).

We are pleased to welcome submissions to our script reading programme which has now reopened.

We work with a trained team of highly skilled stage script readers, who read every play we receive.

The readers recommend the plays that have most impressed them to the artistic team for consideration for development opportunities.

We are hoping to be stimulated, challenged and excited by writers with a strong theatrical imagination and an eye for complex, compelling and urgent subject matter.

To find out more read our script reading policy.

THE MAKING OF US free film screening on Friday 4th July

MakingofUs(3)SquareThe Making Of Us, a 48 minute film, commissioned by Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, produced in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland, will be showing at Tramway 4 on Friday 4th July at 7pm.

The film was originally performed and shot on location at Tramway in April 2012, where the live audience became the film’s extras. They became complicit in an unfolding drama about a member of the public who was selected to become the main character. They watched as he goes from being a spectator, to an extra, to writer, to public figure and ultimately, the victim.

The screening of the film will include an introduction from co-creators Graham Eatough and Graham Fagen.

The film is a brilliant record, both of the live theatre event and as a feature in its own right. Not to be missed. Find out more at

Admission is free and on a first come first served basis.

Announcing five new members of the Board of Directors

The National Theatre of Scotland announced today the appointment of five new members to serve on its Board of Directors, under the leadership of Chair, Seona Reid DBE. From October 2014, the Board will expand to 14 members through the joining of Alison Lefroy Brooks, Janette Harkess, Karen Hogarty, Ian Ritchie and Robert Softley Gale.

Three current members, Professor Maggie Kinloch, Irene Tweedie and Sir Adrian Shinwell, will have come to the end of their respective terms by Autumn 2015.

The National Theatre of Scotland’s Chair, Seona Reid, thanked those who have served on the Board and welcomed the five new members:

“Serving on the Board of one of Scotland’s most vibrant, dynamic and thriving arts organisations requires dedication, time commitment and the passion to support us in developing and enhancing our work into the future.

We eagerly welcome the new Directors, whose skills enhance our already expert board in the areas of, amongst other things, IT and digital, media, legal, finance, theatre and equalities.  We very much look forward to working with the expanded Board of Directors in continuing to shape an exciting future for the National Theatre of Scotland.”

Click here to read about the National Theatre of Scotland Board of Directors.

Five Minute Theatre Schedule Announced

FMT sqaureThere are over 180 theatre pieces created by poets, primary school pupils, film-makers, families, community groups, teenagers, visual artists and professional theatre-makers in this year’s Five Minute Theatre.

The five minute dramas will be broadcast from across the globe from places including Rutherglen, East Timor, Los Angeles, Lancaster, Texas, Leeds, Istanbul, New Jersey, South Australia, Edinburgh, New York, Mumbai, Inverness and Paris.

All will be streamed on the virtual stage beginning on Monday 23 June at 5pm.

Alongside the virtual stage there are seven hubs across Scotland where a wide selection of the pieces will be performed live as well as showing the live streaming.

Scottish hubs are:
Glasgow:  Òran Mór (23 June) 5-11pm & Citizens Theatre (24 June) 10am-5pm
Dumfries : Electric Theatre Workshop, Dumfries 5pm-12am (23 June), 11am-5pm (24 June)
Aberdeen : The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen 5pm-12am (23 June)
Inverness : Eden Court Theatre, Inverness 6-8pm (23 June)
Edinburgh : Leith Village Pub (23 June) 7-11pm & Edinburgh College (24 June) 9am-5pm

To find out what is happening at each of the Hubs click here.

To see the full schedule for Five Minute Theatre click here.

Watch Dear Scotland on The Space

the space squareIf you didn’t make it along to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in April to see Dear Scotland, or if you just want to revisit the magic, you can now watch the performances on newly launched arts website The Space.

The Space is a project set up by the BBC and the Arts Council of England and is a free website for artists and audiences to create and explore exciting new art.

Dear Scotland offers a new take on the Gallery’s cast of heroes, villains, rogues and royals. Inspired – or provoked – by twenty of the collection’s great portraits, twenty of the country’s leading playwrights, poets, novelists and screenwriters have written short, sharp monologues.

You can now see four of the monologues on The Space website by clicking here.

Directed by Joe Douglas and Catrin Evans, the monologues were written by the following writers, poets, playwrights and novelists:  Peter Arnott , Jo Clifford , Rob Drummond , Janice Galloway , David Greig , Zinnie Harris , Iain Heggie , Stuart Hepburn , Jackie Kay , A L Kennedy , Hardeep Singh Kohli , Liz Lochhead , Iain Finlay Macleod , Nicola McCartney , Johnny McKnight , Linda McLean , Rona Munro , James Robertson , Ali Smith and Louise Welsh.