Announcing our Pioneering Partnership with Bank of Scotland

Bank of Scotland

Bank of Scotland - Pioneering Partnership

The Bank of Scotland Pioneering Partnership will be the first time that both organisations have worked together and represents a new approach to sponsorship with Bank of Scotland supporting not just one production or strand, but a large part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s wide reaching programme over the next 2 years.

The partnership will offer geographic spread and reach across productions, initiatives, workshops and events particularly in the area of supporting creativity and emerging talent.

Dunsinane - National Theatre of Scotland | Royal Shakespeare CompanyIn Year 1 (2011) the elements of the Bank of Scotland Pioneering Partnership will include support of: ;

  • Dunsinane by David Greig
  • Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stewart
  • The Missing by Andrew O’Hagan
  • Autumn rural tour of Tall Tales for Little People in partnership with Communicado, and one other production (to be announced)
  • Graduate Director Placement Programme – 3 placements of 10 weeks per year
  • Emerging Artist Attachment Programme –  4 artists per year
  • First Nights  – a pioneering initiative to introduce young people with no experience of the arts to theatre.
  • This activity will be accompanied by a programme of Theatre Workshops for Business events and Introduction to Theatre family events.

Susan Rice, Managing Director, Lloyds Banking Group Scotland said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be embarking on a new partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland. The Bank of Scotland Pioneering Partnership is the first time that both organisations have worked together and it also represents a new approach to sponsorship with Bank of Scotland supporting not just one production or strand, but a large part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s wide reaching programme over the next 2 years.

“Our investment will enable National Theatre of Scotland to further develop their core programme and to take it to audiences across Scotland. It is estimated that in the first year alone nearly 100,000 people will come into contact with a production or initiative under the Bank of Scotland Pioneering Partnership banner. Our joint aim is to encourage and support the next generation of theatrical talent, from actors to set designers, directors to writers, reinforcing Bank of Scotland’s wider sponsorship strategy of supporting emerging talent in Scotland and providing opportunities for our customers and colleagues.”

Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director, National Theatre of Scotland commented:
“As a Theatre Without Walls it is rare that any one person in Scotland is able to experience the true range and scope of the work we do. This programme for the calendar year 2011 is a great example of that breadth and variety as we aspire to be a truly great National Theatre for all the people of Scotland.

“This work is only made possible through the great partnerships we have nurtured over the last five years with theatres, with artists, with local authorities and schools, with the Government and now with the Bank of Scotland.

“This milestone year for National Theatre of Scotland coincides with times of great change in our world and more than ever we must look to the artists and to the shared experience of theatre to open our imaginations to the possibility of what we can achieve together.”

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About National Theatre of Scotland

In its short life, the National Theatre of Scotland has already earned a significant national and international reputation for its daring and originality. The National Theatre of Scotland was established in 2006 and has created over 200 productions. Being a theatre without walls and building-free, the Company presents a wide variety of work that ranges from large-scale productions to projects tailored to the smallest performing spaces. In addition to conventional theatres, the Company has performed in airports, schools, tower blocks, community halls, ferries and forests. The National Theatre of Scotland creates much of its work in partnership with theatre-makers, companies, venues and participants across the globe. From extraordinary projects with schools and communities, to the ground-breaking online 5 Minute Theatre to landmark pieces such as The James Plays by Rona Munro - the National Theatre of Scotland’s aspiration is to tell the stories that need to be told and to take work to wherever audiences are to be found.

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