Companies in Residence

The National Theatre of Scotland’s Companies in Residence Scheme is a new pilot giving young companies access to resource at Rockvilla over 12 months, to support their growth and sustainability.

Companies this year have been selected by invitation and will be in residence at Rockvilla for one year with bespoke support from National Theatre of Scotland to help them develop:

  • New work
  • Company infrastructure
  • Networks & skills

The inaugural two Companies in Residence are Blood of the Young and Bijli.

These companies represent the ambition and imagination of the Scottish theatre sector at large, whether that be Bijli’s commitment to embed and represent diverse Scottish cultures at the core of the work they make, or Blood of the Young’s vision of dynamic, experimental work made through cross-art form, collaborative, ensemble-focused process.

About Bijli

Bijli is a newly established company focused on creating work that encourages diversity across cultures and art forms for Scottish and UK communities, and beyond. Led by Director, Umar Ahmed and Writer, Mariem Omari, their ongoing collaboration has been nationally recognised for its ground breaking approach to the creation of Physical Verbatim Theatre, and their authentic representation of the diversity of the Scottish community. Driven by a commitment to create work that is guided by innovation, truth, and humanity, Bijli is reaching new audiences through the creation of dynamic, socially engaged work, that has a visceral impact on its audiences.

About Blood of the Young

Blood of the Young is a Glasgow-based ensemble company comprised of theatre-makers, actors, writers, dancers, sound-artists, musicians, and designers. They make dynamic, fun, experimental work with a strong visual and sonic identity. The company is a fixed ensemble who train together regularly in order to build complicity and encourage a fully collaborative working practice.
Exeunt Magazine recently recognised Blood of the Young’s ‘home-brewed anarchy, gloriously talented performers and extreme appreciation of theatre as entertainment’, and described their work as ‘worth-missing-telly-for, unpretentious and genuinely joyous’.

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