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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.

Social media preview of Dear Scotland in Edinburgh

Dear Scotand sqThursday 24th April, 11am – 12pm, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Be the first to see scenes from Dear Scotland, a promenade performance through one of Scotland’s most beautiful buildings where the artworks have been given voice by twenty of the country’s leading writers.

Photograph or record scenes from the production, grab exclusive content for your blogs, Twitter or Instagram.

What happens at blogger events? These are informal sessions that get you closer to the action and introduce you to the artists creating incredible theatre experiences. For more on what to expect from the event, check out our video from a previous blogger event.

Dear Scotland offers audiences a unique promenade through the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s cast of heroes, villains, rogues and royals. Inspired – or provoked – by twenty of the collection’s celebrated artworks, twenty of the country’s leading playwrights, poets, novelists and screenwriters will pen short, sharp monologues for a series of pit-stop performances around the gallery. To find out who is behind the monologues, check out Gareth Vile’s blog.

Performances at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 24 April – 3 May 2014

Please RSVP for this social media call, to Digital Associate, Eve at eve.nicol@nationaltheatrescotland.com  if you’d like to join in.

Social media preview of The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler in Glasgow

ivorcutlersquareThursday 10th April, 1.30pm – 2.30pm, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Take part in an exclusive event celebrating the opening of of The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler, a musical and visual journey based on the songs, stories and poems of one of Scotland’s most iconic exiles.

Photograph or record scenes from the show, grab exclusive content for your blogs, Twitter or Instagram.

What happens at blogger events? These are informal sessions that get you closer to the action and introduce you to the artists creating incredible theatre experiences. For more on what to expect from the event, check out our video from a previous blogger event.

Through Cutler’s own words and music including, Going in a Field, I Believe in Bugs, Rubber Toy, Baby Sits, I’m Happy and Beautiful Cosmos, the production will distil the essence of Ivor Cutler, that specialness, that surrealist sense of humour and peculiar worldview that were uniquely his.

The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler is a co-production with Vanishing Point Theatre Company in association with Eden Court, Inverness. It is conceived and directed by Matthew Lenton and created by James Fortune, Sandy Grierson and Matthew Lenton with text by Sandy Grierson and the Company

Please RSVP, to Digital Associate, Eve at eve.nicol@nationaltheatrescotland.com  if you’d like to join in.

James Plays Public Booking Open

james playsPublic Booking is now open for the James Plays at the Edinburgh International Festival.

James I, James II and James III – are a new cycle of history plays by award-winning playwright Rona Munro. This vividly-imagined trilogy brings to life three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century and represents an unprecedented co-production by the National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival and The National Theatre of Great Britain.

Each play stands alone as a unique vision of a country tussling with its past and future; viewed together they create a complex and compelling narrative on Scottish culture and nationhood. An ensemble of 20 actors will take the audience through a rarely-explored period of history with playful wit and boisterous theatricality, and should prove a landmark of Scottish drama in a remarkable year.

Written by Rona Munro and directed by Laurie Sansom.

Celebrating the return of Pru

THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HARTWe are incredibly excited to welcome Prudencia Hart back to Scotland. To celebrate her homecoming we are giving away tickets to see The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart at Maryhill Burgh Halls in Glasgow this weekend.

We are giving away 10 pairs of tickets for 2pm on Saturday 8th March and 10 pairs of tickets for 3pm on Sunday 9th March.

Simply head over to our facebook page and be one of the first 20 people to comment on the photo of Prudencia for a chance to get a free pair of tickets. Simply state which day you prefer. Giveaway closes at 5pm Friday 7th March or when 20 applications have been received in the required format.

Good luck!

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 20 participants to apply, with their preferred date will be offered two free tickets to see The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.
3.    Tickets will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
4.    All tickets are subject to availability – choice of date is not guaranteed.
5.    Only one application is allowed per person.
6.    The ticket giveaway will close on Friday 7th March at 5pm or when 20 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 Friday 7th March.
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. However you must be over 18 to attend the performance.
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.

Social media preview of Prudencia Hart in Glasgow

prusquareFriday 7th March, 11.30am – 12.30pm, Maryhill Burgh Halls, Glasgow

Take part in an exclusive event celebrating the return of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart to Scotland following another triumphant tour of the USA with sell-out shows in California, Texas and Florida.

Photograph or record scenes from the show, grab exclusive content for your blogs, Twitter or Instagram and join us for the opening performances of the homecoming tour with a pair of free tickets for Glasgow on 7th, 8th or 9th March.

What happens at blogger events? These are informal sessions that get you closer to the action and introduce you to the artists creating incredible theatre experiences. For more on what to expect from the event, check out our video from a previous blogger event.

Created by David Greig (writer) and Wils Wilson (director), The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart takes theatre into pubs and other unlikely venues, where stories are told, re-told, sung and passed on. Audiences are invited to share a lock-in with the National Theatre of Scotland’s company of actors and musicians and to indulge in an evening of supernatural storytelling, music and theatre inspired by the Border Ballads, Robert Burns and the poems of Robert Service.

One wintry morning Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. As the snow begins to fall, little does she know who or what awaits her there. Inspired by the Border Ballads – and delivered in a riotous romp of rhyming couplets, devilish encounters and wild karaoke – Prudencia’s dream-like journey of self-discovery unfolds among and around the audience.

Please RSVP, to Digital Associate, Eve at eve.nicol@nationaltheatrescotland.com  if you’d like to join in.

Prudencia Hart comes home. Performances in Glasgow, Perth & Edinburgh

PrudenciasquareThe Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, created by David Greig (Writer) and Wils Wilson (Director) is returning to Scotland following another triumphant tour of the USA with sell-out shows in California, Texas and Florida.  The tour takes off again in March, touring to Glasgow,  Perth and Edinburgh.

Book your tickets at nationaltheatrescotland.com

The production has undertaken the longest international tour by the Company to date, spanning four continents, nine countries and 46 different venues and wooed critics and audiences alike when it was presented, off-site by the Royal Court Theatre, in London last summer and in the USA earlier this year.

Director Wils Wilson says, “It’s truly wonderful that The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is coming back home to tour Scotland again 2014.  The audience plays such a big part in the show that every performance is different, a challenge, a new encounter.”

my heart is lost to Prudencia Hart. ” ***** The Guardian (Adelaide)

it should tour for eternity” **** The Guardian (London)

 

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart takes theatre into pubs and other unlikely venues, where stories are told, re-told, sung and passed on. Audiences are invited to share a lock-in with a company of actors and musicians and to indulge in an evening of supernatural storytelling, music and theatre inspired by the Border Ballads, Robert Burns and the poems of Robert Service.

Join the conversation at #PrudenciaHart

 

Let The Right One In to open in the West End

ltroiwestendsqThe critically-acclaimed South Bank Sky Arts award-winning production of Let The Right One In will transfer to London’s West End on 26 March for a strictly limited season with producers Marla Rubin and Bill Kenwright.

Based on the Swedish novel and cult-hit film by John Ajvide LindqvistLet The Right One In will be the first show to play the recently refurbished and re-opened Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.

The production marks our West End debut, and follows the show’s sell out success at the Royal Court Theatre and a premiere run at Dundee Rep.

Reduced price previews run from 26 March to 5 April with booking available until September 2014.

The Apollo’s auditorium will feature a stunning new cyclorama designed by the show’s award-winning designer Christine Jones. Something of a design coup, this imaginative extension will take the world of the play into the auditorium itself, adding an immersive dimension to the event.

Rebecca Benson and Martin Quinn will reprise their critically acclaimed roles as Eli and Oskar. Other cast members include, Graeme Dalling, Angus Miller, Cristian Ortega and Susan Vidler.

For show and ticket information, visit right-one-in.com

Gaelic Mentoring Programme 2014

(Scroll down for Gaelic version/ Sgrolaig sìos airson an tionndaidh Ghàidhlig)

Are you a Gaelic speaking writer?
Do you have an idea for a play?

This year, in partnership with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, we are inviting applications for a new Gaelic playwright mentoring scheme.

Two writers will be chosen for a programme of mentoring by established playwright, our Associate Artist (Gaelic) Iain Finlay Macleod, to support the development of a new play. This is an opportunity to improve playwriting skills and gain valuable insight into the playwriting process and profession.

Each writer will receive three mentoring sessions with Iain Finlay over a six month period. There will be at least one theatre trip organised during this time, as well as supporting workshops and opportunities to meet representatives from the National Theatre of Scotland and other theatre professionals.

Application deadline: Friday 28 March 2014

Am I eligible for the Mentoring programme?

• You are a Gaelic speaking writer at any stage in your career, living in Scotland or from Scotland and living elsewhere;
• You have a particular idea you hope to develop through mentoring;
• You do not need to have had work produced, published or broadcast;
• You are not a student in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week) at the start of the Mentoring Programme. Applications may be considered from individuals who are working at a professional level within the arts and film sector, undertaking a part-time course of study, however, this will depend on how it relates to your course.
• You will be available from July 2014 for six months to work on your script, meeting three times with your mentor over the period;
• You have a commitment to delivering a completed script for the stage by the end of the process.

How do I apply?

To apply for mentoring, please provide (in Gaelic OR English):
• A covering letter explaining why you would like to be mentored and your commitment to developing your playwriting experience
• Your current contact details and brief biography detailing your writing experience to date
• A one page treatment for an idea you would like to develop.
• One ten-page extract of your writing and a synopsis of the piece from which the extract has come. (We would appreciate it if you could submit this in Gaelic with an English translation.)

Please email the above as one document in either Word or PDF format to info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk by Friday 28 March 2014 with ‘Gaelic Mentoring application’ in the subject line.

Alternatively, if you would like to post your application, please send it to:
Mentoring Applications
Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow
G2 3JD

Your application will be considered by a panel including Iain Finlay Macleod, George Aza-Selinger (Literary Manager, National Theatre of Scotland) and Fiona Sturgeon Shea (Creative Director, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland). The outcome will be known no later than May 2014, with the mentoring commencing July 2014.

Frequently asked questions
I am Scottish but based elsewhere. Will you pay my travel expenses?

Depending on where you are based, we may be able to make a contribution towards expenses, help you source alternative funding or, alternatively, consider other options such as Skype. Please do not let this put you off applying, if you are eligible.

Prògram Comhairleachaidh Gàidhlig 2014

An e sgrìobhadair le Gàidhlig a th’ annad?  
A bheil beachd-smuain sam bith agad airson dealbh-chluich?

Am-bliadhna, ann an com-pàirteachas le Stiuidio Dràmairean na h-Alba, tha sinn a’ sireadh iarrtasan airson sgeama comhairleachaidh ùr do dhràmairean Gàidhlig.

Bidh dithis sgrìobhadairean air an taghadh airson prògram comhairleachaidh bho dhràmaire stèidhichte, ar Co-phàirtiche Ealain Ghàidhlig, Iain Fionnlagh MacLeòid, gus taic a thoirt do leasachadh air dealbh-chluich ùr.  ’S e cothrom a tha seo air sgilean sgrìobhaidh dràma a thoirt am feabhas agus in-shealladh luachmhor fhaotainn air a’ phròiseas sgrìobhaidh dràma agus air an dreuchd fhèin.

Gheibh gach sgrìobhadair trì seiseanan comhairleachaidh bho Fhionnlagh thar ùine de shia mìosan. Bidh co-dhiù aon turas theatar air a chur air dòigh aig an àm seo, a thuilleadh air bùithtean-obrach taic agus cothroman air riochdairean bho Theatar Nàiseanta na h-Alba a choinneachadh agus proifeiseantaich theatar eile.

Ceann-latha deireannach airson iarrtasan: Dihaoine 28 Màrt 2014

A bheil mi ion-roghnach airson a’ phrògraim Comhairleachaidh?

• Is e sgrìobhadair le Gàidhlig a th’ annad aig ìre sam bith nad dhreuchd, a’ fuireach ann an Alba no à Alba agus a’ fuireach an àiteigin eile;
• Tha beachd-smuain sònraichte agad a tha thu an dòchas a leasachadh tro chomhairleachadh;
• Chan fheum dhut a bhith air obair a thoirt gu buil, fhoillseachadh no chraoladh;
• Chan e oileanach ann am foghlam làn-ùine a th’ annad (’s e sin, 16 uairean a thìde no barrachd san t-seachdain) aig toiseach a’ Phrògraim Comhairleachaidh.  Dh’fhaodadh gum beachdaichear air iarrtasan bho dhaoine fa leth a tha ag obair aig ìre phroifeiseanta an taobh a-staigh saoghal film is ealan, a tha a’ gabhail cùrsa ionnsachaidh os làimh, ach bidh seo an crochadh air mar a tha e a’ ceangal ris a’ chùrsa agad.
• Bidh tu saor bhon Iuchair 2014 airson sia mìosan gus obrachadh air an sgriobt agad, a’ coinneachadh trì tursan ris an neach-iùil agad san ùine seo;
• Tha dleastanas ort a thaobh sgriobt chrìochnaichte a liubhairt airson an àrd-ùrlair ro dheireadh a’ phròiseis.

Ciamar a chuireas mi a-steach iarrtas?

Gus cur a-steach airson comhairleachaidh, feuch gun solaraich thu (ann an Gàidhlig NO Beurla):
• Litir a’ mìneachadh carson a bu mhath leat a bhith air do chomhairleachadh agus cho dealasach ’s a tha thu a thaobh an comas sgrìobhaidh dràma agad a leasachadh;
• Am mion-fhiosrachadh agad agus eachdraidh-beatha ghoirid a’ mìneachadh d’ eòlais air sgrìobhadh gu ruige seo;
• Làimhseachadh air aon duilleig a thaobh beachd-smuain a chòrdadh riut a leasachadh;
• Earrann de dheich duilleagan den sgrìobhadh agad agus geàrr-iomradh den phìos bhon tàinig an earrann.  (Bhiodh sinn fada nad chomain nan cuireadh tu seo a-steach ann an Gàidhlig le eadar-theangachadh gu Beurla).

Feuch gun cuir thu sin uile a-steach air post-d mar aon sgrìobhainn ann an cruth Word no PDF gu info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk ro Dihaoine 28 Màrt 2014 le ‘Iarrtas Comhairleachaidh Gàidhlig’ san loidhne cuspair.

Air an làimh eile, nam b’ fheàrr leat an t-iarrtas agad a chur tron phost, seòl e le do thoil gu:

Iarrtasan Comhairleachaidh
Stiuidio Dràmairean Alba
CCA, 350 Sràid Sauchiehall
Glaschu
G2 3JD

Thèid beachdachadh air an iarrtas agad le pannal air am bi Iain Fionnlagh MacLeòid, Seòras Aza-Selinger (Manaidsear Litreachail, Theatar Nàiseanta na h-Alba) agus Fiona Sturgeon Shea (Stiùiriche Cruthachail, Stiuidio nan Dràmairean, Alba).  Thèid buil a’ bheachdachaidh fhoillseachadh gun a bhith nas fhaide na An Cèitean 2014, agus an comhairleachadh a’ tòiseachadh san Iuchair 2014.

Ceistean bitheanta
’S e Albannach a th’ annam ach tha mi stèidhichte an àiteigin eile. Am pàigh sibh mo chosgaisean siubhail?

A rèir far a bheil thu stèidhichte, dh’fhaodadh gum bi sinn comasach air beagan a chur ris na cosgaisean agad, do chuideachadh a’ lorg maoineachadh eile, beachdachadh air roghainnean eile leithid Skype. Na leig leis an seo do chur dheth gus iarrtas a chur a-steach, ma tha thu ion-roghnach.

Social media preview of Glasgow Girls

ggThursday 20th February, 11am – 12noon, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Take part in an exclusive preview of Glasgow Girls, the modern Scottish musical based on a real-life political campaign started by a group of teenage girls from the city, returning to the Citizens Theatre as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

Preview scenes from the show and grab exclusive content for your blogs, Twitter or Instagram.

What happens at blogger events? These are informal sessions that get you closer to the action and introduce you to the artists creating incredible theatre experiences. For more on what to expect from the event, check out our video from a previous blogger event.

Glasgow Girls is based on real-life events from Glasgow in 2005. A group of seven young women from Drumchapel High School started campaigning against the poor treatment of refused asylum seekers after the detention of one of their friends. In 2010, the policy of detaining children for immigration purposes was ended by the UK Coalition Government and the Glasgow Girls’ campaign has been credited by the Scottish Refugee Council as “an instrumental catalyst in the process towards this important change in policy.”

Glasgow Girls, is conceived and directed by awarding-winning director, actor and musician, Cora Bissett, with a book by David Greig and all original songs from the diverse talents of the musical creative team which includes electronic grime from Patricia Panther, reggae-dub from Scots-Asian Rapper Sumati Bhardwaj (MC Soom T), folk/rock from Cora Bissett and additional songs from the Kielty Brothers.

Please RSVP, to Digital Associate, Eve at eve.nicol@nationaltheatrescotland.com  if you’d like to come.

Reviews for Rantin

rantinsquareUnique and enticing – The Scotsman ★★★★

An encapsulation of a Scotland that stretches from the Stornoway ferry to a private dining room in Edinburgh, via Donald Trump’s Menie Estate and a supermarket in Port Glasgow.  The Guardian ★★★★

Hurley’s writing is exquisite.- The Stage

The stories are by turns funny, poignant and gloriously internationalist in tone. – The Herald ★★★★

There’s an air of something magical about the whole event, absorbing, atmospheric, lyrical and beguiling, it will send you back into the cold evening air with a fuzzy feeling inside and a few new thoughts about what it means to be Scottish - TV Bomb ★★★★

Seen the show? Add your review by tweeting #Rantin.

Touring across Scotland from January 2014. Information and tickets on www.nationaltheatrescotland.com