Upcoming Staging the Nation events

We’re pleased to announce the next Staging the Nation events in our jam-packed autumn programme.

Black Watch writer Gregory Burke  introduces a reading of his favourite play, Nicola McCartney and guests celebrate the legacy of 1990, Tramway’s seminal year and creative industry guru Anne Bonnar shares her insights into entrepreneurialsim in theatre . . .

Full details and event listings below.

The Cut by Mike Cullen
Hosted by Gregory Burke
A staged reading directed by Graham McLaren
Tuesday 27th September, 7:30pm
Tron Theatre, Glasgow

In 2010, the National Theatre of Scotland asked Scottish playwrights to pick their favourite Scottish plays. Throughout 2011, a number of these plays will be performed in staged readings in locations across the country. On Tuesday 27th September, award-winning Scottish playwright Gregory Burke will introduce a rehearsed reading of his favourite play, The Cut by Mike Cullen.

“I first read The Cut at the same time as the ideas that fed into my first play, Gagarin Way, were slowly forming in my brain. I was probably still a bit foggy about how to put them on paper at this point. I knew I was desperate not to write a play about ‘issues’. The Cut was the play that showed me how to do it.” – Gregory Burke

After the reading, Gregory will talk about the impact the play has had on his writing and will invite questions from the audience.

Cast for the reading includes John Kazek, Davey McKay, Andrew Byatt and Brian McCardie.

This event is free but ticketed. To book, call the Tron Theatre Box Office on 0141 552 4267


The Tramway, 1990
A discussion curated and hosted by Nicola McCartney
Friday 30th September, 5pm
Tramway, Glasgow

Award-winning playwright Nicola McCartney will host a discussion with a panel of influential figures about the dramatic legacy and impact of the Tramway, and the year 1990 in particular, on the landscape of Scottish theatre.

“In 1988, The List wrote: ‘It would be wonderful to think that Brook’s production will leave behind it a permanent exciting new space – something entirely lacking in Scotland – that could become a centre for this sort of brave, experimental work.’

Tramway’s programme in 1990 brought some of the world’s most cutting edge theatre and theatre makers to Glasgow.

… This year-long feast of theatrical excellence profoundly influenced a new generation of theatre makers and perhaps even changed the type of work funded in Scotland, which laid the foundations for the variety of new works on Scottish stages right up to the present.” – Nicola McCartney

This event is free but ticketed. To book, call the Tramway Box Office on 0845 330 3501


The Importance of Being Entrepreneurial
A lecture by Anne Bonnar
Thursday 6th October, 6pm
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Cultural and creative consultant Anne Bonnar presents a lecture on the tradition of entrepreneurialism in Scottish Theatre.

“From the beginnings of Scottish theatre to the present day, theatre entrepreneurs have repeatedly broken the mould and taken the bold risks necessary to produce work, engage with audiences and balance the books.

From the Unity Players to the Citizens Theatre; 7:84 to a Play, a Pie and a Pint; Pitlochry Theatre to Dundee Rep, Scotland’s theatre community has innovation in its DNA. The National Theatre of Scotland follows in a distinct tradition; what can it learn from the past as it enters its second five years?

This analysis of past Scottish theatre entrepreneurs will reveal common threads and archetypes and highlight the conditions and decisions for success.” – Anne Bonnar

This event is free but ticketed. To book, call the Lyceum Box Office on 0131 248 4848

Also, look our for our newly revamped Staging the Nation website, being launched on the afternoon of Friday 23rd September.

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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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