We believe that in order to make the best possible theatre it is vital to work with the broadest and most representative range of artists and arts workers, and to play to a diverse cross-section of Scottish society.

To address under-representation, we have identified priority groups and seek advice from leaders within these groups to guide our actions.

Priority Groups

  • Ethnic minority communities
  • Disabled people
  • People from socio-economically disadvantage backgrounds
  • People from rural and remote areas
  • Gender and sexually diverse people
  • People using Gaelic, Scots languages and BSL

We commit to greater representation of the priority groups in our staff and board, particularly in leadership positions. We will examine the ways we work that currently exclude these groups, and address them. We will be led by the needs of these groups rather than imposing our views on them. We will proactively seek to develop emerging talent from within the priority groups, both as artists and arts workers, working with other members of their community as mentors at every opportunity.

We will continue to collaborate with the cultural sector in Scotland, providing support to other organisations, independent artists and the wider infrastructure. We will adapt to the shifting needs of the organisation and the sector, and we are committed to regular broad consultation.

As Scotland’s national theatre, we have a role to contribute to talent development that benefits the whole sector. We do this by working with and developing emerging artists, particularly those from under represented groups. Our Engine Room programme is a critical area of our work, providing talent development opportunities for artists at all career levels across the nation.


Celebrating Success

There is still work to be done to make National Theatre of Scotland truly a theatre for everyone. Below you can explore some of our recent projects that have made a significant step in the right direction.

My Left / Right Foot - The Musical

Our riotous musical co-production with disability led theatre company Birds of Paradise marked the first time a National Theatre of Scotland production had a fully integrated BSL Performer (Natalie MacDonald), captions and verbal description in every show.

Following sell-out success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 and with a few awards under its belt, the show is back with a bang in 2019, touring to Dunfermline, Brighton, Japan and Dundee.

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The Reason I Jump

Our innovative adaptation of Naoki Higashida’s one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind works turned the book into a mysterious journey through an outdoor maze.

Conceived by award-winning Scottish artist Graham Eatough and created with, and performed by, a group of artists with autism ranging from early teens to 60 years old, The Reason I Jump was a unique opportunity to understand different experiences of autism and think about the many ways in which all of our minds work.

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Eve and Adam

Two uplifting, brave and deeply personal productions exploring extraordinary lives in transition.

Eve tells the story of a child raised as a boy, when she knew all along that was wrong.

Adam is the remarkable, true story of a young trans man’s fight across borders and genders to find a place to call home.

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The Drift

An autobiographical, poetic spoken word show, The Drift sees writer and performer Hannah Lavery exploring her legacy of being “mixed” in Scotland left to her by her father and mother and their respective journeys. A beautiful story of love, loss and bereavement, as well as a searingly honest portrayal of growing up mixed-race in Scotland, The Drift challenges us to see Scottish history and our public memory in a different light.

The Drift was originally performed and developed as part of the Flint and Pitch New Voices programme (produced & programmed by Jenny Lindsay), before being further developed as part of the Workers Theatre Megaphone Residency and finally through the National Theatre of Scotland’s Just Start Here Festival and Engine Room programme.

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