Theatre in Schools Scotland - Open Call for Development

Theatre in Schools Scotland

Theatre in Schools Scotland is currently looking to offer a development opportunity for a d/Deaf, blind or visually impaired, disabled or neurodiverse artist or company, based in Scotland.

This is a one-week development for an existing production or work in progress, to be further developed as a live theatre, dance or physical theatre production suitable for in-schools touring (a range within nursery to 1st year secondary and/or Special Schools or classes).

Development should take place before the end of November 2022.


5pm on Monday 29 August 2022


The available budget is a maximum of £5,000. This includes artists fees, any materials, travel etc.

Additional budgets are available if there are any access requirements for the application process or the R&D time itself. Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss this prior to application.

Before you apply

We would like to make the application process as straightforward and inclusive as possible. Read the guidelines below, download them as a word document, listen to them on audio file, or watch the BSL video, before applying. If you have questions, or you would like to talk more about the post, you can send queries or arrange a phone or video by emailing Anna Derricourt, TISS Producer at

Click here to listen to the Guidelines as an audio file.

Watch the BSL guidelines below:

Guidelines on how to apply

You can apply in writing, by film, audio recording or with BSL. Please answer the following questions in your application but do not send us CVs or other additional documents.

  • Production Title
  • Company or Lead Artist Name
  • Contact email and telephone number
  • Please confirm the company or lead artist is based in Scotland
  • Show synopsis (300 words maximum)
  • Intended age guideline
  • Outline what you hope to achieve through this development
  • Does your production have a focus on underrepresented voices including disabled artists and artists of colour? Please describe.
  • Outline any access needs for the R&D
  • Provide links to website, images and production footage or trailer if available
  • An outline budget. Please include the following costs: Artistic fees (please list roles of artists included), space and equipment hires or purchases, travel and other.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of artists are you looking for?

We are looking for a production led by d/Deaf, blind or visually impaired, disabled and/or neurodiverse artist or artists, with experience of leading the development of new performance ideas. This might mean working in or with an existing company, or as an independent artist.

What kind of productions are you looking for?

Theatre in Schools Scotland programme works across Scotland in Special Schools, nursery, primary and secondary up to first year of secondary. The programme includes theatre and dance performances that must be suitable for spaces within school buildings.

We want to keep this as open as possible so if you are unsure if your idea is right for this opportunity, do contact us before you apply.

There is not a guarantee that the final theatre production will be included in the Theatre in Schools Scotland programme, however the work, if the company wishes, may be presented to future programme panels.

Is there a word count/time limit?

While there isn’t an overall word count limit for written applications we would ask you to consider the panel and think about concise answers. Think about the key things that you want the panel to know and how to make that clear.

For filmed applications, please try to keep to 5 minutes maximum.

Who will sit on the selection panel?

The selection panel will comprise: Anna Derricourt – Producer, Theatre in Schools Scotland, a representative from each of Imaginate and National Theatre of Scotland plus two independent artists, at least one of whom is d/Deaf, blind or visually impaired, disabled and/or neurodiverse.

Theatre in Schools Scotland is produced the National Theatre of Scotland and Imaginate to support and develop the touring of high-quality theatre and dance performances to Scotland’s schools and nurseries.

This project is supported by the PLACE programme, funded by the Scottish Government (through Creative Scotland), the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals.