National Theatre of Scotland launches 2012 season

The National Theatre of Scotland has launched its season for 2012.

Alan Cumming joins Vicky Featherstone to launch National Theatre of Scotland's 2012 season - photographer Colin Hattersley

Vicky Featherstone artistic director said:

The National Theatre of Scotland was created to reach and appeal to a wide range of diverse audiences across Scotland. Our innovative model enables us to do that.  Our 2012 season, in collaboration with so many of Scotland’s extraordinary artists and companies is an example of that. From work for Scottish primary schools, to teenagers, for older audiences, for large scale popular appeal and for intimate and thought-provoking personal experiences, I am thrilled to unleash this range of work to the world.”

 At a glance the season looks like this:


  • The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, by David Greig and Wils Wilson, their devilishly good reinvention of the Border Ballad is back by popular demand with a Scottish tour and a subsequent UK and international tour.
  • The National Theatre of Scotland collaborates with GI Festival for the first time with The Making of…… A collaboration with Graham Eatough and Graham Fagen and an exploration in film, theatre and visual art, at the Tramway, Glasgow.
  • The National Theatre of Scotland partners with Oran Mor again to present the One Day in Spring with brand new pieces of work from across the Arab world, curated by David Greig.

The season will play for 6 weeks at Oran Mor,Glasgow with a subsequent run at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

  • The National Theatre of Scotland’s first experiment in Carbon Lite Theatre. The Company takes to the road on bicycles to perform award-winning writer and illustrator Harry Horse’s The Last Polar Bears in primary schools and community centres across the lowlands of Scotland.
  • Vicky Featherstone and Abi Morgan’s 27, a co-production with the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, is a beautiful meditation on faith, love and loss, returns with runs at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and the Cambridge Arts Theatre.


  • Alan Cumming returns to Scotland with a new and radical take on Macbeth. Alan Cumming’s solo show will be directed by John Tiffany and Andy Goldberg and will have performances at tramway, Glasgow before transferring to the Lincoln Center, New York.
  • The National Theatre of Scotland’s popular Exchange festival, in partnership with macrobert Stirling is now in its 6th year and returns with the premieres of six new pieces of theatre by Scottish Youth Theatres and two by international Youth Theatres.


  • My Shrinking Life brings together leading Scottish theatre maker  Alison Peebles and radical European director, Lies Pauwels, to take us through Alison’s personal struggle with MS.  Touring Scotland, opening at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow.
  • The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and the National Theatre of Scotland are back in business, with a new production of The Guid Sisters by Michel Tremblay, in Scots translation by Bill Findlay, directed by acclaimed Canadian director, Serge Denoncourt.
  • Adrian Howells is hoping to make a splash with his new site specific project, lifeguard a co-production with the Arches, set in the derelict Govanhill Baths in Glasgow.


  • A brand new musical for Scotland, conceived and directed by the award-winning Cora Bissett telling the feel good story of Glasgow teenagers with a cause. Glasgow Girls is at the Citizens Theatre. A co-production with Theatre Royal Stratford East, Pachamama Productions, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd in association with Citizens Theatre and Merrigong Theatre Company (Australia)
  • The National Theatre of Scotland partners with Vox Motus for the first time to present a magical new show for families; Dragon, directed by Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmunds .


  • The award-winning  tfd is back. The Company is presenting a package of five shows for young  people across Scotland and the UK, including the Citizen’s Theatre’s Yellow Moon and The Monster in the Hall, both by David Greig, Count Me in by Gary McNair, Love Letters to the Public Transport System by Molly Taylor and Mr Write by Rob Drummond. The productions will be accompanied by workshops, talks and opportunities for young people across Scotland.
  • The Bank of Scotland continues their Pioneering Partnership with the Company, with support  shown across a programme of selected productions and initiatives.
  • Staging the Nation continues throughout the year, with readings, lectures, debates, curated events and book clubs. Join in the conversation and watch online at

Additional touring and a programme of work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will be announced in 2012.

The full release can be found in the press section of our website.

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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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