Actors Open Call


We are looking for two performers locked down in the same home who can play a mother and daughter

DARYA is a middle-class woman in her late-40s to 50s and mother to Shimona. She’s risk-averse, easily overwhelmed and indecisive.

SHIMONA is a middle-class woman in her teens to twenties and daughter of Darya. She’s passionate, belligerent and easy-to-anger.

We are casting for


A playful, light-hearted, reimagining of a foundational myth. Tomorrow, the flood will come. In the back garden, Dad is hurriedly building an ark. Yet inside the kitchen, where our story takes place, his daughter Shimona has her own survival plan. She just needs to convince mum, who is pouring all her energy into the sourdough.

Selected performers will receive a fee for the work to be presented across free online platforms hosted by National Theatre of Scotland, BBC and Scottish theatre partners. This short film will be part of our Scenes for Survival project. We will post additional call outs as scenes are written and the project continues.

To apply, please send a Spotlight link OR headshot together with a CV and a self-tape. Please clearly mark which new work and ROLE you are applying for in the title of your email.

To submit a self tape:

- This could take the form of an audio or video recording of you performing in a scene extract of your choice, uploaded to an online platform such as Vimeo / YouTube (Please provide a link and password)

- You do not have to be off-book and the footage doesn’t have to be of a very high quality (please don’t worry, using your phone is absolutely fine)

If you require any help with the above, you can find helpful tips here.

Applications should be submitted to:

Please clearly mark which new work and which ROLE you are applying for in the title of your email.

Closing date and time: Mon 22 Jun, 5pm

All submissions will be considered by the National Theatre of Scotland’s artistic/casting team, who will make a final selection with the director of each scene.


The National Theatre of Scotland believes in including artists from diverse backgrounds and cultures (on the basis of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, class and whether they are drama school trained or not) in all its work and all are welcome to apply for any roles advertised.

Where we are casting for a role that is culturally specific, we are committed to first casting a performer from that culture. However we consider artists from diverse backgrounds for every role, not just those written with specific personal characteristics in mind

If a specific skill, language or accent (spoken/ BSL) is required for the specific role, we will indicate this in the breakdown.

Our full casting policy can be read here

Scenes for Survival is a National Theatre of Scotland project in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and with support from Hopscotch Films.

In association with Aberdeen Performing Arts, Birds of Paradise, Beacon Arts Centre, the Byre Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Dundee Rep Theatre, Eden Court Highlands, Imaginate, Macrobert Arts Centre, Perth Theatre, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Stellar Quines, Tron Theatre and The Traverse Theatre