Digital Direction

Coming Soon


National Theatre of Scotland partners with Edinburgh International Festival on their new project, Digital Direction to support Higher and Advanced Higher Drama students across Scotland.

The project will connect students with leading theatre practitioners to enrich these courses and inspire students during the current COVID –19 outbreak, when they are unable to access live theatre.

The first term of Digital Direction focuses on making theatre for online and in particular Scenes for Survival, featuring video interviews with

  • Brenna Hobson, Executive Producer and Deputy CEO at National Theatre of Scotland
  • Seth Hardwick, Video Producer at National Theatre of Scotland
  • Cora Bissett, Associate Artist at National Theatre of Scotland and director of John Rebus: The Lockdown Blues
  • Hannah Lavery, Associate Artist at National Theatre of Scotland writer of Disco with Mum

Plus an overview of the Scenes for Survival films.

The videos will be available on both the National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival’s websites from mid- October and is free to all Drama teachers and their students in Scotland.

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Scenes for Survival is a new season of 50+ digital artworks created in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Scotland’s leading theatre venues and companies, with support from Hopscotch Films.

The second term of Digital Direction will be focused on exploring school resources connected to Ghost Light our love letter to Theatre on film.

Written and directed by Hope Dickson Leach and co-conceived with Jackie Wylie and Philip Howard, Ghost Light is commissioned by Edinburgh International Theatreand features moments from Scottish theatrical performances past, present and future.

Digital Direction is a new project for secondary schools from Edinburgh International Theatre, designed to support the Higher and Advanced Higher Drama qualifications.

The programme of recorded talks from a range of companies on their approach to digital theatre, will be led by emerging Scottish theatre director, Niloo-Far Khan, and will be available to all Drama students in Scotland.

Digital Direction has been developed in close consultation with teachers at Leith Academy, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival’s three-year Residency in the school. As well as creating cultural opportunities for the school community, the Residency looks beyond the work the International Festival presents on stage; equipping students with personal, social and vocational skills.

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