NEWS: National Theatre of Scotland announce 2018 plans
The National Theatre of Scotland today (29.11.17) announced its plans for the 2018 season.
Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland says: “I am delighted to present the National Theatre of Scotland’s 2018 programme, with ambitious major productions, new plays, festival offerings, international interventions, regular tours of much loved productions and brand new shows.
This is a wide-reaching, year-long nationwide programme that builds on the National Theatre of Scotland’s founding principle to be a theatre for everyone with a renewed focus for 2018 on celebrating young people and their vital contribution to our nation’s artistic life.
We want to thrill and entertain audiences in Scotland and beyond, to encourage participation in cultural life and look to the future of what theatre can be.
At the core of our 2018 season is a celebration of the brilliance of Scottish work. We also welcome artists from beyond our borders who we know will excite Scottish audiences and inspire our local artists.
I would also like to extend a warm welcome to Stewart Laing and Cora Bissett as our new Associate Artists and Mark Stevenson who comes on board as our first Futurist in Residence. Nic Green and Adura Onashile will also join the National Theatre of Scotland as Artists in Residence. We also have an exciting new youth project team in place, whose members are already inspiring the Company with their energy and ideas.
Huge thanks are due to all the partners, companies and supporters without whom the scope and vision of this programme could not be realised”
WORLD PREMIERES AND NEW PRODUCTIONS INCLUDE:
Cyrano de Bergerac, adapted by Edwin Morgan, directed by Dominic Hill at Tramway, Glasgow, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness . A major new version of the Scots language, Scottish theatre classic. A National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre co-production.
The Reason I Jump based on the book by Naoki Higoshida, translated by David Mitchell and Keiko Yoshida, production conceived and directed by Graham Eatough at The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow, Glasgow. A site responsive installation and imaginative adaptation of the best-selling novel exploring one boy’s extraordinary insight into living with autism.
The 306 Dusk by Oliver Emanuel, composed by Gareth Williams and directed by Wils Wilson at Perth Theatre. The concluding part of the elegiac trilogy about First World War deserters shot for cowardice. A National Theatre of Scotland, Perth Theatre and 14-18 NOW co-production.
Nous/Us, written by Davey Anderson, Linda McLean and Philippe Ducros and directed by Patrice Dubois at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. Three companies and two nations interrogate sovereignty and identity. An international Québécois and Scottish collaboration. A National Theatre of Scotland, Théâtre PÀP and Hôtel-Motel co-production.
My Left Right Foot, created by Robert Softley Gale at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. A riotous and irreverent new musical satirising the portrayal of disabled actors on stage and screen. A Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland co-production.
Midsummer by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre at The Hub, at the Edinburgh International Festival. A reimagining of the Scottish hit musical rom-com, placing the audience at the heart of the action. A National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival co-production.
Eddie and The Slumber Sisters, directed by Gill Roberston with text by Anita Vettesse, touring Scotland. A moving and musical immersive family show about grandparents and grieving. A Catherine Wheels and National Theatre of Scotland co-production.
Gut by Frances Poet, directed by Zinnie Harris at the Traverse Theatre and Tron Theatre. A Traverse Theatre production in association with National Theatre of Scotland and Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths by Martin McCormick, directed by Andy Arnold at the Tron Theatre and Traverse Theatre. A Tron Theatre production in association with National Theatre of Scotland. Two new plays by two exciting emergent playwrights.
PARTICIPATORY THEATRE AND FESTIVALS INCLUDE
Futureproof – Year of Young People 2018, co-curated by Lucy Gaizely/21Common in locations across Scotland from 28 September to 28 October 2018. An ambitious new festival of radical work, co-created by young people alongside leading UK and international theatre-makers. National Theatre of Scotland in association with Event Scotland – with Mammalian Diving Reflex (Germany /Canada); Rimini Protokoll (Germany) Supported by Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021; CAMPO (Belgium); Empathy Museum (UK); Jess Thom/Touretteshero (UK); GLAS(S) performance (UK); Ahke (Russia); Greg Sinclair (UK); Back to Back Theatre (Australia) and Project X (UK).
Citizen of Nowhere, co-curated by William Galinsky, in Dundee. A mini festival of commissions and discussions, questioning how theatre and art can respond to an increasingly fragmented world. A National Theatre of Scotland and GalinskyWorks co-production.
Shift, written and directed by Simon Sharkey at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life. A multi media, site responsive theatre event exploring work and life in North Lanarkshire. A National Theatre of Scotland, Culture NL and North Lanarkshire Council co-production.
Leading theatre-makers Cora Bissett and Stewart Laing join as Associate Directors, and Nic Green and Adura Onashile as Artists in Residence. Expert Futurist and author, Mark Stevenson joins as the Company’s first Futurist in Residence, possibly one of the first ever to be embedded with a theatre company.
To coincide with the National Theatre of Scotland’s 2018 season launch, the Company will launch a new website. As a theatre without walls, the website acts as the virtual home for all information about the National Theatre of Scotland’s theatre programme, partners, booking information and content. http://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com
The year in brief:
Rocket Post, written and directed by Lewis Hetherington and screen version directed by Donald Macinnes. Touring the Highlands and Islands with The Screen Machine from 06 January to 03 March 2018. A National Theatre of Scotland, Regional Screen Scotland and The Space co-production.
Engine Room’s Just Start Here pop-up festival at Civic House, Glasgow from 26 and 27 January 2018
How to Act, written and directed by Graham Eatough. Touring Scotland from 06 to 23 March 2018
Shift, written and directed by Simon Sharkey at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life from 29 March to 01 April 2018. A National Theatre of Scotland, Culture NL and North Lanarkshire Council co-production.
Eddie and The Slumber Sisters, directed by Gill Roberston with text by Anita Vettesse. Touring Scotland from April to June 2018. A Catherine Wheels and National Theatre of Scotland co-production.
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. Created by David Greig (director) and Wils Wilson (writer). Touring Scotland from 14 to 25 May 2018 and at Spoleto Festival from 31 May to 09 June 2018.
Eve and Adam
Eve by Jo Clifford and Chris Goode, directed by Susan Worsfold and Adam by Frances Poet, directed by Cora Bissett at Dundee Rep from 24 to 26 May, with additional performances of Adam at Brighton Festival and the Beacon Arts Centre in May 2018.
National Theatre of Scotland at the Take Me Somewhere Festival
As Far As My Fingertips Take Me by Tania El Khoury in Glasgow from 24 to 27 May 2018. A Take Me Somewhere and National Theatre of Scotland co-presentation.
Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) by Split Britches at Platform, Glasgow, 26 May 2018. A Take Me Somewhere, National Theatre of Scotland and Platform co-presentation, with support from Luminate and Outspoken Arts Scotland.
A National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre and Tron Theatre new writing initiative.
Gut by Frances Poet, directed by Zinnie Harris at the Traverse Theatre and Tron Theatre from 20 April to 19 May 2018. A Traverse Theatre production in association with National Theatre of Scotland.
Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths by Martin McCormick, directed by Andy Arnold at the Tron Theatre and Traverse Theatre from 3 to 19 May 2018. A Tron Theatre production in association with National Theatre of Scotland.
The Reason I Jump based on the book by Naoki Higoshida, translated by David Mitchell and Keiko Yoshida, production conceived and directed by Graham Eatough at The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow, Glasgow in June 2018.
Exchange – Youth Theatre festival at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness from 2 to 8 July 2018. Presented by National Theatre of Scotland and Eden Court Theatre.
National Theatre of Scotland at the Edinburgh Festivals
Nous/Us, written by Davey Anderson, Linda McLean and Philippe Ducros and directed by Patrice Dubois at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. A National Theatre of Scotland, Théâtre PÀP and Hôtel-Motel co-production.
Midsummer by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre at The Hub, at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2018. A National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival co-production.
My Left Right Foot, created by Robert Softley Gale at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 in August 2018. A Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland co-production.
Gob Squad’s Super Night Shot in Glasgow in summer 2018. A National Theatre of Scotland presentation.
Cyrano de Bergerac, adapted by Edwin Morgan, directed by Dominic Hill at Tramway, Glasgow, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness from 01 September to 10 November 2018. A National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre co-production.
The 306 Dusk by Oliver Emanuel, composed by Gareth Williams and directed by Wils Wilson. at Perth Theatre from 12 to 27 October 2018. A National Theatre of Scotland, Perth Theatre 14-18 NOW co-production.
Futureproof – Year of Young People 2018, co-curated by Lucy Gaizely/21Common in locations across Scotland from 28 September to 28 October 2018. National Theatre of Scotland in association with Event Scotland with Mammalian Diving Reflex (Germany /Canada); Rimini Protokoll (Germany) Supported by Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021; CAMPO (Belgium); Empathy Museum (UK); Jess Thom/Touretteshero (UK); GLAS(S) performance (UK); Ahke (Russia); Greg Sinclair (UK); Back to Back Theatre (Australia) and Project X (UK).
Citizen of Nowhere, co-curated by William Galinsky, in Dundee in November 2018. A National Theatre of Scotland and GalinskyWorks co-production.
Engine Room’s Just Start Here pop-up Festival in Aberdeen in November 2018 Presented by National Theatre of Scotland and Aberdeen Performing Arts, as part of Season for Change 2018 led by Julie’s Bicycle, Artsadmin and Battersea Arts Centre.
TT Jump, directed by Simon Sharkey and Wendell Manwarren in Port of Spain, Trinidad in November 2018. A National Theatre of Scotland production supported by British Council Trinidad and Tobago.
Theatre in Schools Scotland. National Theatre of Scotland and Imaginate with Catherine Wheels, Visible Fictions, Starcatchers. Touring schools throughout Scotland
Engine Room – opportunities for artists throughout Scotland
THE FULL 2018 PROGRAMME
National Theatre of Scotland, The Space and Regional Screen Scotland present
Rocket Post – a new screen version of the stage play to tour with the Screen Machine
Stage Version: Written and directed by Lewis Hetherington with collaborators Ailie Cohen and MJ McCarthy, and movement director Kane Husbands.
Screen version: directed by Donald MacInnes
Cast: Ceit Kearney, Christina Gordon, Gavin Swift, Harry Ward and MJ Deans.
Touring the Highlands and Islands from 06 January to 03 March 2018
Following a premiere in Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae on 8 December 2017 Rocket Post will tour with the Screen Machine tour for selected screenings across communities in Northern Scotland from 6 January to 03 March 2018.
Following a successful Scotland wide 2017 stage tour, a special showing of the production was filmed at the Tarbert Community Centre in Harris in front of a live audience specifically for this broadcast. Harris has a particular resonance with the story of Gerhard Zucker and his rocket mail idea for delivering letters at high speed over long distances. Zucker travelled to the Western Isles to experiment by sending two rockets full of letters on a 1600 metre flight path between the isles of Harris and Scarp. The filming for broadcast was been made possible through the support of digital commissioning agency The Space working with Creative Scotland.
The tour will be accompanied by a creative digital engagement programme for children and an interactive live element in selected venues on the tour.
Rocket Post marks the first time that the National Theatre of Scotland has brought a broadcast screening of a National Theatre of Scotland show to cinema audiences. It continues the ethos of the Company to tour widely throughout Scotland, to reach as many audiences as possible with their work and to ensure that remote communities get access to their National Theatre’s programme. This is the first National Theatre of Scotland on Screen project and marks the beginning of the Company producing work on different platforms, offering innovative new ways for audiences to experience National Theatre of Scotland productions.
Lewis Hetherington’s inventive new show for children and grown-ups tells Zucker’s extraordinary real story, packed with specially arranged songs, celebrating one man’s ambitious endeavour and the joyous discoveries that can happen when everything goes wrong: a story full of humour, heart and hope for the future.
Director Donald MacInnes is a BBC multi camera director, whose family are from Barra. His broad experience includes visualising drama for BBC Arts Digital including the ground breaking “Minefield” at this year’s Edinburgh Festival as well as a series of rehearsed readings for the Royal Court Theatre. His many other directing credits range from Celtic Connections to TRNSMT and from Hogmanay to General Election coverage.
Lewis Hetherington is a celebrated playwright and theatre-maker based in Scotland. His previous acclaimed collaborations with Ailie Cohen include The Secret Life of Suitcases and Cloud Man.
Regional Screen Scotland owns and operates Screen Machine, Scotland’s mobile cinema, which brings the latest films to 40+ communities in remote and rural areas of Scotland.
This collaboration with National Theatre of Scotland is part of an on-going programme to broaden the range of screen experiences which the Screen Machine can offer.
Touring Scotland in 2018 – Brodick, Isle of Arran (Auchrannie Hotel)- 2pm, 06 January; Lochgilphead (Resource Centre)- 2pm, 13 January; Castlebay (The Pier)- 5.30pm, 16 January; Liniclate, Isle of Benbecula (Dark Island Hotel)- 2pm, 20 January; Kyleakin, Isle of Skye (Main car park)- 2pm, 27 January; Mallaig (Harbour area)- 5.30pm, 30 January; Lochcarron (Battery Park, Murray Sq)- 2pm, 03 February; Lochinver (Main Street)- 2pm, 10 February; Bettyhill (opposite Bettyhill Hotel)- 5.30pm, 15 February; Lairg (Lairg Community Centre)- 2pm, 17 February; Fort William (car park near Shinty Club)- 2pm, 24 February; Tobermory, Isle of Mull (Ledaig Car Park)- 2pm, 03 March.
Booking information http://www.screenmachine.co.uk
Join the conversation: #rocketpostonscreen
The National Theatre of Scotland presents
Just Start Here
A pop up festival of new work and Scottish artists
Part of Engine Room
At Civic House, Glasgow on 26 & 27 January 2018
Just Start Here is a new playground for Scottish artists: a space to share and generate ideas, art and provocations, and to spark new collaborations across art-forms as well as offering a curated and supported platform for bold, vital work to find its feet in front of an audience.
Just Start Here will take the form of a two day festival, an opportunity for artists, audiences and communities to come together to encounter something new in Civic House, a learning space for progressive forms of city development run by Agile City. It will also see the Company return to their previous office space before their move into their new Headquarters, within the same Speirs Wharf area
Just Start Here will include new work-in-progress pieces of theatre, discussions, forums, provocations, music, dance, visual art and cross art form experimentation. Over the two days, the festival will explore race, ritual, food, family, tea, queer identities, grief, activism and cross-art form making featuring new work by Debbie Hannan, Laurie Brown and Hannah Lavery and music from Heir of the Cursed and DJs from Grassroots Glasgow. There will be the opportunity for artists from across art-forms to share practice and seed new cross-art-form work, curated by Ashanti Harris (Project X) and Camara Taylor (Transmission) and Adura Onashile will lead a series of one to one performances about intimacy, identity and the perfect cuppa.
Later in the year, the National Theatre of Scotland will partner with Aberdeen Performing Arts to present Just Start Here in Aberdeen, in November. This will feature a day of climate change creative action, as part of Season for Change 2018 led by Julie’s Bicycle, Artsadmin and Battersea Arts Centre.
Season for Change is running from June to December 2018 and sees the UK’s creative community hosting a season of diverse, multidisciplinary responses across the arts, culture and creative industries. It is the first coordinated national response from artists and arts organisations speaking out together on the future of the planet. The Season will coincide with the landmark UN Climate of Parties ‘COP24’ talks taking place in November, critical in meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement.
The National Theatre of Scotland presents
How to Act
Written and directed by Graham Eatough
Performed by Robert Goodale and Jade Ogugua
Touring Scotland from 06 to 23 March 2018
How to Act, Graham Eatough’s powerful and provocative meditation on art, ethics, and truth, is set to return to Scottish stages in 2018, touring to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and St Andrews. Co-stars Robert Goodale and Jade Ogugua also return for this Scottish tour, following on from a highly successful debut at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which saw the show critical acclaim and awards success, including a Scotsman Fringe First.
Internationally-renowned theatre director Anthony Nicholl has travelled the globe on a life-long quest to discover the true essence of theatre. Today he is giving a masterclass. Nicholl will demonstrate, first-hand, the unique methods he cultivated in Africa and across many cultures throughout the world.
Promise, an aspiring young actress, has volunteered to take part. What unfolds between them will ultimately force Nicholl to question all of his assumptions about his life and art.
How to Act explores the contemporary realities of personal, cultural and economic exploitation through two individuals drawn together in the world of theatre. Both believe in truth, but each has their own version of it.
The show will also bring a masterclass symposium to each city, inviting theatre makers, students and artists to join a real masterclass with Director Graham Eatough and specialist practitioners who will lead workshops in dramaturgy, playwriting and the devising process. The event will also be an opportunity for students from different courses to meet industry professionals and network with their peers. These events will take place in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness where How to Act is touring in March 2018. Further details to be announced.
Graham Eatough is a major award-winning theatre-maker based in Scotland who also works in visual art and film. His work often blurs the boundaries between theatre and art, challenging an audience’s perceptions of reality and fiction and their terms of engagement.
Graham Eatough’s previous work for the National theatre of Scotland includes co-creating The Making of Us at Tramway as part of GI (2012) and at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (2013). His latest project, The Reason I Jump, is also presented by National Theatre of Scotland in 2018.
Graham was Artistic Director of Suspect Culture theatre company from 1996 to 2009. His most recent work includes At Twilight in collaboration with artist Simon Starling for Common Guild Gallery, Nomanslanding (Sydney Harbour, Ruhrtrienalle) and In Camera with Graham Fagen (La Friche, Marseille).
Robert Goodale’s recent theatre credits include Julius Caesar at Sheffield Theatres, Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare’s Globe and Bug at Found 111. He is known for a wide range of popular TV roles including Holby City, Doctors and Foyles War and is due to appear in the BBC’s forthcoming new series McMafia. He recently co-wrote and performed in Perfect Nonsense, a play about Jeeves and Wooster which won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2014.
Jade Ogugua’s theatre credits include The Barnbow Canaries (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Tempest (Northern Stage & Oxford Playhouse), with TV roles in Scrotal Recall, Series 2 (Netflix/C4), Casualty (BBC) and The Guilty (Hartswood Films).
At The Changing House, Tron Theatre (06 to 10 March 2018); The Traverse Theatre (13 to 17 March); Eden Court (20 & 21 March 2018) and The Byre Theatre, St Andrews (23 March 2018).
Opening performance at the Changing House, Tron Theatre, on 7 March 2018
Join the conversation: #Howtoact
The National Theatre of Scotland, Culture NL and North Lanarkshire Council present
Written and directed by Simon Sharkey, Associate Director Fraser MacLeod, Designer Becky Minto, Movement Director Brigid McCarthy, Sound Designer Philip Pinsky, Video Designer Tim Reid, Lighting Designer Simon Hayes
Supported by the National Lottery through Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland, William Grant Foundation, and Liberty Steel Dalzell
A site-specific outdoor theatre event at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life from 29 March to 1 April 2018
A series of exhibitions, installations and youth theatre performances across North Lanarkshire in the lead up to final event.
In October 2017, partners, National Theatre of Scotland, CultureNL and North Lanarkshire Council launched SHIFT, a major participatory arts project for the people of North Lanarkshire across Motherwell, Wishaw, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Airdrie, Bellshill and Coatbridge, created and directed by Simon Sharkey, running from October 2017 to March 2018.
Over this six month period, SHIFT has been engaging with communities across the local authority area, through a number of creative projects leading up to a series of large site-specific participatory finale performances, involving a community and professional cast which will take place at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in March 2018.
Situated in Coatbridge, once known as the ‘Iron Burgh’ and a significant contributor to Scotland’s ‘industrial heartland’, Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life is built on the site of the former Summerlee Ironworks, a Lanarkshire factory at the core of the Scottish smelting industry and of such national importance that its 19th century remains are listed by Historic Environment Scotland as a Schedules Monument. Summerlee Museum will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in March 2018 and this production will form part of their birthday programme.
Directed by National Theatre of Scotland Associate Director, Simon Sharkey, Shift will be a large-scale, multi-media theatrical event featuring original music and words from punters, poets, playwrights and pen-smiths from across North Lanarkshire. Shift will tell the stories of the many ‘shifts’ put in by the workers who built the world and created our future.
Shift will be a visceral immersion into a world of work where senses will be stirred with the sights, sounds and smells of bygone eras, bright new futures and urgent new ideas hatching around us. Told through song, poetry and prose it will introduce the ordinary people and the extraordinary leaders who shaped and tested our society through hard graft. Mothers, farmers, soldiers, nurses, politicians, steel workers, teachers, thinkers, designers, scientists, shop assistants and factory workers will gather in one space to celebrate their past and step boldly in to an unknown future.
A National Theatre of Scotland team of artists continue to work with CultureNL arts, venues and heritage teams, museums and libraries to reach into the heart of local communities to collect stories and insights about the world of work which will be transformed throughout the project into art works. These will be showcased in upcoming events including:
Shift: Lockers, a series of interactive multi-media installations across North Lanarkshire post industrial sites from December 2017.
Future Forecasts, created by Culture NL Youth Theatre, a TV magazine style programme broadcast that will report on how subjects such as technology, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Bit Coin, nano technology, robots and energy will change our lives and how we work. At Airdrie Town Hall on on 5 February 2018 and Motherwell Concert Hall on 7 February 2018.
Shift Exhibition, artist Alan Grieve, working with CultureNL arts groups, will create a series of panels depicting the working lives of local people from past and present, which will be exhibited along with work related photographs contributed by the Shift Photography Project. The panels will be revealed to the public at a Motherwell venue on the week of the 12 February alongside a selection of local photographs.
The Shift Facebook Page is live and holds all information about the Shift events that are taking place across North Lanarkshire. It also encourages the local people to join the Shift conversation, tell us their work stories and send in their work related photos.
Join the conversation: facebook.com/NLShift #NLShift
29 March to 01 April 2018
Doors open 7.45pm for 8pm start
£10 (£8/£5 Year of Young People)
Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Heritage Way, Coatbridge ML5 1QD
Box office – 01698 403120 / Online at http://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com
The National Theatre of Scotland and Catherine Wheels Theatre Company present
Eddie and the Slumber Sisters
Created and Directed by Gill Robertson, written by Anita Vettesse, designed by Karen Tennent, music composed by Danny Krass, lighting designed by Lizzie Powell.
Cast: Chiara Sparkes (Eddie) and Angela Darcy, India Shaw-Smith and Colette Dalal Dchantcho (the Slumber Sisters)
Touring to venues across Scotland from April to June 2018
The National Theatre of Scotland teams up with the award-winning Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, one of Scotland’s leading producers of children’s theatre, to present a new immersive theatre show for children and families. Eddie and the Slumber Sisters is created and directed by Catherine Wheels’ Artistic Director Gill Robertson and will tour across Scotland from April 2018.
Blending music, magic, and imagination, Eddie and the Slumber Sisters is a whimsical, heart-warming fable which explores the realities of grief through the eyes of a child. Eddie might be quiet and reserved by day, but at night her dreams are increasingly wild, chaotic and sometimes terrifying. It’s been like this ever since her gran died; and Eddie’s gran was a one-off; bright, exuberant and silly but most importantly she was Eddie’s best pal, the one person she could really talk to about everything.
Enter the Slumber Sisters: an all-singing trio whose job it is to monitor our dreams and ensure that our night-time wanderings remain healthy and safe. Armed with an infinite supply of imaginative remedies, they’re ready to lead Eddie safely through the night and use her dreams to nurse her as she comes to terms with losing someone she really loves.
Director Gill Robertson’s previous work with the National Theatre of Scotland include HOME East Lothian, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Martha, which toured schools as part of the inaugural Theatre in Schools Scotland project in 2016.
Catherine Wheels’ current productions include the globe-trotting White, which continues to tour across Europe, and How to Fix a Broken Wing (by Peter Collins) which tours Scottish Primary Schools in Spring 2018 as part of Theatre in Schools Scotland.
Join the conversation: #Slumbersisters
The National Theatre of Scotland presents
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
Created by David Greig (writer) and Wils Wilson (director) with designer Georgia McGuinness, composer Alasdair Macrae and movement by Janice Parker
Touring to Edinburgh, Mull, Oban, and North Carolina (USA) from 14 May to 09 June 2018.
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart returns to the stage in 2018, as David Greig and Wils Wilson’s celebrated folk theatre fable prepares for new dates in Scotland and the USA. One of the National Theatre of Scotland’s most beloved and iconic productions, the show takes over and transforms non-traditional performance spaces to weave an innovative and immersive theatrical experience.
This year the show will open in Edinburgh on 14 May, returning to the city and the Assembly Roxy for the first time since 2014, before visiting the west coast for performances in Oban and Mull. The show will then head back to the USA from 31 May for a two-week run at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, North Carolina, one of North American’s premier performing arts festivals.
Since premiering in Glasgow in 2011 The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart has enjoyed phenomenal success both at home and abroad, touring extensively to audience and critical acclaim across the world. In keeping with the show’s site-specific origins it is often staged in non-traditional theatre spaces, popping up in taverns, village halls, bars and breweries.
In 2016 the show embarked on an extensive Scottish and US tour, culminating in a six-month residency at New York’s famous McKittrick Hotel, home of Punchdrunk Theatre’s wildly acclaimed show Sleep No More. The show was awarded the 2017 Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience.
“I left it in a state of happy intoxication.” – New York Times, Critics Pick
“it should tour for eternity” **** The Guardian (London)
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.
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.
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.
Touring to Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh (14 to 20 May 2018); Bunessan Hall, Mull (23 May 2018); Aros Hall, Tobermory, Mull (24 May 2018); Corran Hall, Oban (25 May 2018); Spoleto Festival (Charleston, South Carolina) – Woolfe Street Playhouse (31 May to 09 June 2018).
Opening performance: 15 May 2018 at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh
Join the conversation: #PrudenciaHart
The National Theatre of Scotland presents
Eve and Adam
The National Theatre of Scotland’s emotive and powerful shows about two real trans lives, are set to return in 2018. Both shows debuted at the Traverse Theatre during the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe, earning substantial critical acclaim and striking a chord with audiences throughout the Festival.
In 2018, Adam returns to the stage to play at the Beacon Arts Centre from 4 to 5 May and Brighton Festival from 9 to 12 May, before Adam and Eve are presented in a double bill at Dundee Rep from 24 to 26 May 2018.
Written by Jo Clifford and Chris Goode
Director and set designer Susan Worsfold; lighting designer Kai Fischer; sound designer Matt Padden; costume designer Aileen Sherry; composer Chris Goode and projection designer Seth Hardwick.
Performed by Jo Clifford
Eve, performed by acclaimed playwright and performer Jo Clifford, offers audiences an authentic and intimate insight into the real life experiences of a trans person. The performance is a profound reflection on one trans woman’s life, from an oppressive 1950s boyhood to the present day. Following her turbulent life journey through a time of huge personal, social and political change, Eve celebrates the victories of survival and self-actualization.
A deeply personal piece that speaks generously to, and for, a much wider community, Eve is a performance in which the smallest details of everyday life can open up cracks through which memories, dreams and reflections flood in. Performed with warmth and humour, passion and anger, Eve invites audiences into the most intimate relationship with the story of an individual’s life.
‘a brave, searing and sorrowful solo turn’****- The Telegraph
Eve is created by ground-breaking writer and performer Jo Clifford (The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven) and the award-winning theatre-maker Chris Goode (Men in the Cities and Sisters). It was Clifford’s 91st play in a remarkable career that has seen her work performed across the world. She was the first openly transgendered woman playwright to have had a play produced on London’s West End stage and earlier in 2017 was welcomed into the Saltire Society’s “Outstanding Women of Scotland” community. Also in 2017 her translation of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba was presented by Graeae Theatre Company at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.
Jo Clifford and Chris Goode also recently collaborated on Jo’s play Every One which received its English premiere at Battersea Arts Centre, London in 2016.
Jo Clifford collaborates again with director Susan Worsfold. They originally worked together on The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven and most recently on War in America, presented by the Attic Collective at the Former Royal High School, in May 2017.
With trans rights under threat globally, legendary playwright, performer, father and grandmother Jo Clifford tells a story both gentle and passionate, intimate and political, to remind us that the journey towards our real selves is one we all need to make, wherever it leads us.
Conceived for the stage and directed by Cora Bissett, written by Frances Poet, with music composed by Jocelyn Pook, set and costume design by Emily James, sound design by Garry Boyle, lighting design by Lizzie Powell, projection design by Jack Henry James and movement direction by Janis Claxton
Performed by Adam Kashmiry
Adam is the remarkable, true story of a young trans man and his journey to reconciliation; with himself, those closest to him, and the world as he knows it. From Egypt to Scotland, it charts Adam’s fight across borders and genders to find a place to call home.
Adam was born into a girl’s body in Egypt, but always knew that he was really a boy. Trapped with no way to describe this feeling, in a deeply conservative society where falling in love with the wrong person can get you killed, he knew that he had to escape. With a borrowed laptop he types in a question: ‘Can the soul of a man be trapped in the body of a woman?’ What followed was beyond Adam’s wildest dreams. A catalyst to begin the epic journey for the right to change his body, to the boy he knows himself to be.
Adam is directed by award-winning theatre director Cora Bissett (co-creator of Glasgow Girls, Rites and Roadkill and director of Room) with music composed by Jocelyn Pook (Stage Works British Composer Award winner in 2012 for her soundtrack to DESH) and written by playwright and dramaturg Frances Poet.
‘a powerful story of transcendence’-*****-The Herald
Adam is a powerful two hander, featuring a stand–out performance by Adam Kashmiry. Adam is the real person on whom the drama is based, who made a notable professional stage debut in the production last year. He previously appeared in the Citizen Theatre’s and Scottish Refugee Council’s Here We Stay at the Tron Theatre as part of Scottish Refugee Week in 2013. He was closely involved in the development of the show, focussing as it does on his own personal experiences.
Featuring a score sung by a virtual choir of trans and non-binary individuals from across the world who are projected onto the stage, Adam is both a bold exploration of the experience of a young transgender person and an ambitious experiment with theatrical form, blending storytelling, classical composition and mass digital elements from participants from around the globe.
Adam sees the National Theatre of Scotland return to Brighton Festival, which the Company has previously visited with shows The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (2012), The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler (2015) and Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (2016). Artist and designer David Shrigley is the festival’s Guest Director for 2018.
Adam is at the Beacon Arts Centre (04 & 05 May 2018) and Brighton Festival (09 to 12 May 2018) and Adam and Eve at Dundee Rep Theatre (24 to 26 May 2018).
Join the conversation: #NTSAdam and #NTSEve
National Theatre of Scotland at Take Me Somewhere
The National Theatre of Scotland is supporting two shows, an award and a new opportunity for Scottish artists, at Glasgow’s second Take Me Somewhere festival in 2018.
As Far As My Fingertips Take Me by Tania El Khoury,
Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) by Split Britches
Adrian Howells Award for Intimate performance
Take Me Somewhere’s ARTIST CONSTELLATION programme.
Take Me Somewhere and National Theatre of Scotland present
As Far As My Fingertips Take Me,
created by Tania El Khoury and performed by Basel Zaara
in Glasgow from 24 to 27 May 2018
As Far As My Fingertips Take Me is an intimate one-to-one performance piece, a conversation through a gallery wall between an audience member and a refugee. Through touch and sound, the piece shares stories of people who have recently challenged border discrimination. The stories are illustrated on the audience member’s arm, and after the conversation is finished they can be kept or washed away.
Performed by musician and street artist Basel Zaara, the piece was created by Tania El Khoury as a reflection on the idea of migration and refuge. Tania decided to invite a friend to talk about his own experience being born as a Palestinian refugee in Syria.
Tania commissioned Basel to record a song inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden. The audience member listens through headphones to a rap song written and performed by Basel while he paints on their arm.
Tania El Khoury is an artist working between London and Beirut. She creates interactive installations and challenging performances in which the audience is an active collaborator. Tania’s solo work has toured internationally, and for which she is the recipient of the Total Theatre Innovation Award and the Arches Brick Award. She is the co-founder of Dictaphone Group, a research and performance collective aiming at reclaiming public space in Lebanon. Basel Zaraa is an artist and musician. He is a Palestinian refugee, born and brought up in Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. He now lives and works in the UK.
Take Me Somewhere, National Theatre of Scotland and Platform with support from Luminate and Outspoken Arts Scotland present
Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)
by Split Britches at Platform, Glasgow on 26 May 2018
Combining a Dr Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring forum for public conversation, Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) explores ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and how to look forward when the future is uncertain. In the Situation Room, twelve audience members are invited to become a Council of Elders to discuss the global issues of the day, as the company weave in satirical insights and humour. Adopting the characters of a bombastic general and ineffectual president, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches present this interactive piece as equal parts comedy performance and urgent political discussion.
The show was created and developed over two years through a series of residencies with elders and artists that began at London’s Barbican in 2016 and continued in the US. Founded in New York in 1980 with Deb Margolin, Split Britches continues with the duo and solo work of Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw spanning satirical, gender-bending performance, public engagement, videography, digital and print media, explorations of ageing and wellbeing, and iconic lesbian-feminist theatre.
The Adrian Howells Award for Intimate Performance is led by Take Me Somewhere Festival, The National Theatre of Scotland and Battersea Arts Centre with support from the University of Glasgow and the Live Art Development Agency.
Adrian Howells (1962 – 2014) was one of the world’s leading figures in the field of one to one and intimate performance. The Adrian Howells Award for Intimate Performance is an opportunity for a UK artist to develop and present an early staging of a new performance based project in Glasgow and London. The Award aims to celebrate the intimate work that Adrian pioneered and excelled at, as well as providing an opportunity to explore new territories in the field of one to one and intimate performance. The winner of the award will be announced in March 2018.
Take Me Somewhere Festival are piloting an exciting new artist development scheme: Take Me Somewhere Artist Constellation, supported by the National Theatre of Scotland.
Three Scottish artists working in contemporary performance will be chosen to be associated with Take Me Somewhere festival for a year. They will receive mentoring support, support for seeing work in arts festivals, free tickets for the Take me Somewhere 2018 festival and opportunities to engage with invited international artists and academics as part of Take Me Somewhere’s and National Theatre of Scotland’s programmes in 2018.
Take Me Somewhere is Glasgow’s new festival of contemporary performance, building on the legacy of The Arches following its closure in 2015. The festival combines the best home-grown talent with some of the world’s most cutting-edge contemporary performers, and artistic development opportunities as part of a rich programme of events. Take Me Somewhere aims to provide a crucial support structure to Scotland’s most innovative and exciting community of artists and makers. The festival was founded in 2017 by Jackie Wylie, now Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, with the inaugural festival proving to be a huge success with both critics and audiences, selling out at venues across Glasgow. The 2018 festival will take place in May and will be led by new Artistic Director LJ Findlay-Walsh and Executive Producer Gillian Garrity.
National Theatre of Scotland, the Tron Theatre and Traverse Theatre new writing initiative
The National Theatre of Scotland collaborates with the Tron Theatre and Traverse Theatre to bring two new shows to Glasgow and Edinburgh in the Spring of 2018, in a new three-way partnership conceived to create more opportunities to put new plays on stage. Each play will be performed at their producing venue before touring to the partner venue.
Traverse Theatre Company in association with National Theatre of Scotland presents
Written by Frances Poet, directed by Zinnie Harris
I know my boy. I’d know if something had happened to him.
Maddy and Rory are devoted parents to 3-year-old Joshua, committed to keeping him happy and safe. But when an everyday visit to a supermarket café turns into a far more troubling incident, their trust even in those closest to them is shattered. Fear and doubt consume them, until they reach a savage breaking point.
Gut is a taut psychological thriller that explores who we can trust with our children, and whether it’s more dangerous not to trust at all.
Written by Fringe First award-winning playwright Frances Poet (Adam), Gut was shortlisted for the 2016 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, and is directed by award-winning Traverse Associate Director Zinnie Harris.
At the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (20 April to 12 May) and Tron Theatre, Glasgow (15 to 19 May)
Tron Theatre Company in association with National Theatre of Scotland presents
Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths
Written by Martin McCormick, directed by Andy Arnold
A snake will always find a way in. And he has. We’ve been sleeping so long that he’s had a feast… And this snake has been devouring them all whilst you and I are asleep in the next room. We’ve been standing on their tiny bones the entire time.
With unseen ‘little mouths’ and the belching fumes of the local refinery as a backdrop, we find ourselves in the beguiling world of Ma and Pa who spend their time exchanging extraordinary and fantastic stories …until suddenly there is a knock at the door….
Ma, Pa, and the Little Mouths is a new work by award-winning playwright and actor Martin McCormick. Martin’s previous work includes Squash (Winner, best new play CATS 2015), The Day the Pope Emptied Croy (Traverse/Play Pie Pint), Flo (Play Pie Pint/Lemon Tree), Potterrow (Best Short Play 2015), and News Just In (Random Accomplice). The show will be directed by the Tron’s Artistic Director Andy Arnold.
At the Tron Theatre, Glasgow (3 to 12 May) then touring to Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (16 to 19 May 2018).
The National Theatre of Scotland presents
The Reason I Jump
based on the book by Naoki Higoshida, translated by David Mitchell and Keiko Yoshida
Production conceived and directed by Graham Eatough, designed by Observatorium, dramaturgy by Clare Duffy, choreography by Zoe Halliday.
Performers include Michael Dawson, Calum MacRitchie, Emma McCaffrey and Nicola Tuxworth.
An outdoor site-specific performance at The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow, Glasgow in June 2018.
Leading Scottish artist and theatre-maker Graham Eatough directs and adapts The Reason I Jump, a new project exploring the realities and experience of living with autism. Inspired by the bestselling Naoki Higoshida book of the same name, translated into English by Keiko Yoshida and Cloud Atlas-author David Mitchell in 2013, the piece will take the form of a unique site-specific installation in the Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow in the summer of 2018.
Originally written when the author was just thirteen years old, The Reason I Jump chronicled Higoshida’s experience of his severe autistic spectrum disorder by answering questions that were often levelled at him. After its English translation by Yoshida and Mitchell, themselves the parents of an autistic child, the book became an international hit, topping the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller lists, and was praised for its honest and eye-opening insights into the realities of living with autism.
This adaptation will be a unique blend of site-specific promenade performance and interactive installation. Created with, and performed by, a group of artists with autism ranging from 16 to 60 years old, the piece will see audiences journey through a mysterious and beautiful series of outdoor mazes in order to experience the work.
The mazes will house different scenes, drawn from experiences in the book as well as the personal experiences of the performers themselves. The performance will offer a highly innovative insight into the infinite number of ways human beings experience life and achieve fulfilment. The production will be accessible to both autistic and non-autistic audience members.
The labyrinth structures will be created with artists from Rotterdam-based practice Observatorium, who previously collaborated with Eatough on the celebrated international artwork Nomanslanding, which was presented at Sydney Harbour, the Ruhrtrienalle, Germany and Tramway, Glasgow.
The group specialise in transforming environments and urban areas through eye-catching architecture and open-air sculptures.
The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow is an award-winning community green space in North Glasgow. Regular events are organised by the community on the land, designed to connect children to nature, raise aspirations and bring people together.
Graham Eatough is an award-winning theatre-maker based in Scotland who also works in visual art and film. His work often blurs the boundaries between theatre and art, challenging an audience’s perceptions of reality and fiction and their terms of engagement. His previous projects include the celebrated production of Alasdair Gray’s Lanark at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2015, and No End to Enderby, a major commission for Manchester International Festival 2017 with artist Stephen Sutcliffe. His most recent show with the National Theatre of Scotland, How to Act, was an award-winning hit at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and tours Scotland in 2018.
The Reason I Jump has its roots in a Scottish government initiative called Limitless, a collaboration between The National Theatre of Scotland, RCS, and the National Autistic Society Scotland which explored the potential of creative arts in engaging and encouraging work by and for autistic children, teenagers, and young adults.
Join the conversation: #TheReasonIJump
Full booking info available early 2018.
The National Theatre of Scotland in partnership with Eden Court presents
at Eden Court, Inverness from 2 to 8 July 2018
The National Theatre of Scotland’s international youth theatre festival for 16 to 25 year olds
Lead Creatives: Simon Sharkey, Sarah Rose Graber, Peter Lannon, Fraser MacLeod, Martin O’Connor.
The National Theatre of Scotland’s vibrant Exchange programme, which brings together young theatre-makers (aged 16 to 25 years old) from the UK and beyond, is set to return in 2018. Now in its ninth year, Exchange aims to facilitate a national and international exchange and to enable the groups to create and perform new pieces of theatre with the help and support of a professional creative team. Ten groups of young theatre-makers have been selected to take part in Exchange 2018; eight groups from Scotland and the UK, and two international groups.
The groups are each supported artistically and financially in the creation of an original work of quality contemporary theatre. Each theatre piece is initially performed in the group’s home area before the companies come together for a week-long festival at Eden Court Theatre, in Inverness, at the beginning of July. As well as staging their work, this residential week will see the participating groups working with leading Scottish creatives to develop their skills through workshops, master classes, discussions, forums, and broadcast of all the activity online via the popular Exchange TV.
The UK theatre groups taking part in Exchange 2018 are:
Mull Youth Theatre, Isle of Mull
Reading Rep Youth Theatre, Reading
Dundee rep Young Company, Dundee
Creative Electric, Edinburgh
Ovalhouse Performance Company, London
Performance Collective, Stranraer
Ditto Theatre Company, Collective from Southend/London/Stratford-upon Avon/Nottingham
Eden Court Collective, Inverness
The two international companies for 2018 are:
TNV Company from Malta
Albany Park Theatre Project, Chicago
Performances: Two groups each evening at 7.30pm and 9pm from 2 to 8 July 2018
Venue: Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
The National Theatre of Scotland, Théâtre PÀP and Hôtel-Motel present
Written by Davey Anderson, Linda McLean and Philippe Ducros
Directed by Patrice Dubois
Cast includes: Isabelle Vincent, Harry Standjofski, Catherine Chabot, François Bernier, Guillermina Kerwin
At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2018
With support from the QC-UK Connections Programme (British Council and Government of Québec) and the Canadian Council for the Arts.
The National Theatre of Scotland is creatively collaborating with partners in Québéc to explore issues of sovereignty, both personal and national. Nous/Us is written by Davey Anderson, Linda McLean, Philippe Ducros and directed by Théâtre PÀP’s Artistic Director, Patrice Dubois.
Following development in both Glasgow and Québéc, over the last three years, Nous/Us is a bi-lingual play, to be performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, by a leading ensemble of Scottish and Québécois actors.
Two nations entwined with more powerful neighbours in very different ways. Two places with big hearts and even bigger ambitions. Isabelle’s family descend upon their ancestral home to discuss what to do with their mother, the house and the land. But they can’t stop arguing about the past and have very different visions of the future. It’s a dispute that’s been a long time in the making and has no simple solution.
A sharing of stories, true and imagined, combined with music, poetry and art, Nous/Us brings together a collaborative team from across the nations to explore the disagreements that have driven the past to our doors, with questions to be asked about our futures and the control of our destinies.
Both Québec and Scotland have experienced independence/sovereignty movements. This phenomenon has appeared in a number of countries but the experiences of these two countries are near unique, having both progressed through official referendums.
Following on from the National Theatre of Scotland’s collaboration with the New York theatre company, TEAM, Nous/Us is another international co-production, bringing together three companies, to creating timely theatre about nations wrestling with history, culture and politics.
Theatre PÀP’s work always revolves around text, to sharpen the thinking of its artistic collaborators and audiences, and allow them to connect with the pulse of the world. The company focuses on the synergy between performers and designers during the artistic process, to create a holistic collaborative exchange and a distinct aesthetic. For almost 40 years, the PÀP (Petit À Petit) has been promoting Quebec’s francophone dramaturgy. Based in Montreal since 1978, the company has also toured throughout Canada and Europe.
HÔTEL-MOTEL productions want the audience to cross borders towards one another, allowing them to see themselves as communicating vessels of the same world. After looking at Bosnia, Palestine and the Democratic Republic of Congo, HÔTEL-MOTEL are now turning their gaze inwards, looking at the Québec people’s ability to master their own destiny.
Join the conversation: #NousUs
The National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival present
by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre
At The Hub, Edinburgh International Festival in August 2018
Midsummer, David Greig and Gordon McIntyre’s phenomenally successful musical comedy, will receive a radical restaging in co-production with the Edinburgh International Festival. The play was first performed at the Traverse in 2008, before touring nationally and internationally to huge acclaim. Set in Edinburgh, it follows solitary thirty-somethings Bob and Helena on a great lost weekend of bridge-burning, car chases, wedding bust-ups, bondage miscalculations, midnight trysts and self-loathing hangovers.
This National Theatre of Scotland version will take the play in a new direction, placing audiences at the very heart of the action with heightened musicality and a joyful energy. Midsummer will take up residency at The Hub, the home of the Edinburgh International Festival, throughout August, offering International Festival audiences a nightly musical rom-com rollercoaster.
“at Midsummer’s heart lies the ingeniously conveyed moral that it is possible to change our lives for the better, the fervent conviction that love can take us by surprise just when we least expect it”-The Telegraph
Previous resident performers at The Hub have included cabaret artist Meow Meow, performing her subversive take on The Little Mermaid in 2017, while 2016 saw Alan Cumming return to Scotland with his celebrated late-night musical show Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.
The National Theatre of Scotland returns to the Edinburgh International Festival following previous co-presentations including Realism, The Bacchae, 365, Caledonia, The James Plays, Dragon, Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner and Anything that Gives Off Light.
David Greig is Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh and one of the UK’s foremost playwrights. Gordon McIntyre is an Edinburgh based musician and founding member of Scottish indie band, Ballboy.
Join the conversation: #Midsummer2018
Birds of Paradise and the National Theatre of Scotland present
My Left Right Foot: The Musical
by Robert Softley Gale
at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2018
The National Theatre of Scotland will team up, for the first time, with Birds of Paradise Theatre, Scotland’s leading disability-led performance company to co-present My Left Right Foot: The Musical; a celebratory riotous musical production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, marking BOP’s 25th year.
The show follows a local amateur dramatic group who, faced with the threat of funding cuts if they don’t up their representation, come up with a cunning plan: they will create a dazzling show starring ‘the disabled’. Taking their cues from My Left Foot, the bestselling memoir of a life with cerebral palsy by Irish author Christy Brown, later turned into an Oscar-winning film, the production quickly descends into hilarious farce.
My Left Right Foot: The Musical, written by Birds of Paradise’s co-Artistic Director Robert Softley-Gale, will be a witty and irreverent musical satire taking aim at the representation of disabled performers on stage and screen. With live music and original songs, National Theatre of Scotland and Birds of Paradise present this hugely irreverent, accessible production, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe celebrating Birds of Paradise 25th Anniversary.
Robert Softley Gale is a leading actor, performer, writer, disability rights activist and advocate of equality of access to the arts for disabled people. Notable productions include Girl X for the National Theatre of Scotland, directed by Pol Heyvaert of Belgium’s CAMPO. His award-winning writing debut and solo performance If These Spasms Could Speak was a hit of the 2013 Made in Scotland programme and has subsequently toured internationally to countries including Brazil and India. Robert joined Birds of Paradise as co-Artistic Director in November 2013.
Birds of Paradise’s recent productions include The Tin Soldier at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre studio for Christmas 2017, the “shockingly funny” Blanche & Butch by Robert Softley Gale, which toured Scotland earlier in 2017and Miranda and Caliban, created with Glasgow hip-hop legends Hector Bizerk and performed in Glasgow and Hong Kong in 2016, in English, Cantonese, British Sign Language and Hong Kong Sign Language for both a live and digital audience.
Venue and booking information available in 2018.
Join the conversation: #MyLeftRightFoot
The National Theatre of Scotland
Gob Squad’s Super Night Shot
Glasgow, summer 2018
The National Theatre of Scotland is set to team up with international performance collective Gob Squad to bring their innovative and adventurous Super Night Shot project to the city for the first time.
Super Night Shot is a magical journey through the night time streets of Glasgow. Four performers armed with video cameras head off into the night with a mission to create a film for the people of the city. Only one thing is certain: 60 minutes later they will meet again and present what they have filmed to the waiting audience.
Full of unexpected surprises, the Glasgow public become co-stars in a movie that celebrates unplanned meetings with strangers and delights in the randomness of urban existence. Both comical and moving, Super Night Shot attempts to elevate the banality of everyday life into the glamour and glitz of a big screen blockbuster.
Completely unpredictable and unique to each performance, the result is an experience halfway between theatre and film, elevating the everyday into the epic and plays with your perceptions of the familiar. Anything can happen, and usually does…
Super Night Shot is Berlin-based Gob Squad’s most widely toured production, with nearly 200 unique presentations since the project’s inception in 2003. The piece has been performed in four languages on six continents, in locations as varied as Siberia, Brazil, and Bangalore.
Gob Squad is a seven strong international arts collective, founded in 1994 and currently based in Berlin. Core members are Johanna Freiburg, Sean Patten, Sharon Smith, Berit Stumpf, Sarah Thom, Bastian Trost and Simon Will. Gob Squad’s international reputation has grown steadily since coming to prominence at the German arts festival documenta X in 1997. Their productions have been shown on all the continents apart from Antarctica with projects such as Gob Squad’s Kitchen (2007, winner of New York’s Drama Desk Award), Saving the World (2008, winner of the Goethe Preis at the Impulse Festival), and Before Your Eyes (2011, selected for Germany’s Theatertreffen) and most recently Western Society (2013).
“Super Night Shot is steeped in a companionable cuddliness… executed with bravura seat-of-the-pants verve and ingenuity.”- New York Times
“Dazzling… transforms the familiar into something mythic, estranged and uncannily monumental”- LA Weekly
Super Night Shot will take place as a large scale, free event for the city of Glasgow in August 2018.Dates and location to be announced in the New Year.
Join the conversation: #SuperNightShot
The National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre and the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh present
Cyrano de Bergerac
Directed by Dominic Hill, Designed by Tom Piper, Music by Nikola Kodjabashia,
At Tramway, Glasgow, the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
from 1 September to 10 November 2018.
The hugely romantic Cyrano de Bergerac is given a Caledonian heart in a new production of Edwin Morgan’s celebrated Glaswegian-Scots translation of the classic Rostand play. A co-production between Scotland’s three major theatre companies the National Theatre of Scotland, the Citizens Theatre, and the Lyceum Theatre, the production will play Glasgow, Edinburgh, and then tour to Inverness in 2018.
This new production will be brought to the stage by Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill, and will be the first production by the Citizens Theatre at Glasgow’s Tramway.
The swashbuckling and flamboyant Cyrano’s low self-image prevents him from revealing his love to Roxanne. He lends his poetic skills instead to the outwardly handsome Christian, who wins Roxanne’s heart through his passionate ghost-written letters. Throughout his adventurous life, Cyrano continues to put quill to parchment, risking his life in the process, to express his true feelings.
Dominic Hill will work with a strong creative team, including award-winning designer Tom Piper, whose recent work includes The Lyceum’s acclaimed new version of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros by Zinnie Harris which played at 2017 Edinburgh international Festival as well the iconic poppy sculptures which toured the UK to mark the centenary of the First World War, and composer Nikola Kodjabashia whose distinctive soundscapes have been a feature of many of Hill’s most popular productions at the Citizens Theatre. An epic ensemble of actors and musicians use Morgan’s lyrical Scots verse to create a fresh take on the enduringly popular period piece, in a vivid and joyous celebration of theatre itself.
The National Theatre of Scotland and Citizens Theatre reunite