National Theatre of Scotland is a theatre without walls. This model has allowed us the freedom to encourage artists to create at the greatest reach of their imaginations across the length and breadth of the country.
In 2017, we have created a new nationwide artist development programme putting that founding ethos – theatre without walls - at its heart. Inspired by the success of our new facility Rockvilla, engendering bold, dynamic, democratic spaces to create in, we introduce ENGINE ROOM.
Engine Room is a new nationwide artist development model focusing on empowering and enabling artistic communities, while still supporting individual artists, collectives, and companies. Engine Room will foster creative environments across the country, in partnership with local venues and organisations. In this first pilot year, we will do this through a shifting menu of free and paid invitations and opportunities, with National Theatre of Scotland staff members relocating alongside it.
These opportunities will build throughout the year. Currently they are organised within strands detailed below or click here to see the full list of opportunities ready to book.
As well as Rockvilla, Engine Room will be in:
Wigtown on the 28 June
Dumfries on the 29 June
Aberdeen in October (dates and more info on opportunities coming soon)
with more locations around the country to be announced shortly.
Recognising that most artists learn through the active process of making work, we also offer paid opportunities to develop a new or existing idea.
Other Artist Development Programmes
In addition to Engine Room activities, the Company is working in partnership with a number of other organisations, to provide opportunities for artists from strategic groups, who are currently under represented across the sector.
In 2017 these include:
Rough Mix – Magnetic North
Imaginate at the National Theatre of Scotland
Test Room – puppet animation Scotland