Actors Open Call


We are delighted to be able to begin receiving submissions from professional performers over 18 years of age, with at least one year’s acting experience, who are Scottish or based in Scotland, to perform extracts and monologues which will be filmed in isolation, with support from a director.

We are casting for :

A short musical by Finn Anderson

Mark and Austin have sat opposite each other at the call centre where they work for four years but have barely said more than a regular hello to each other.

MARK - A man in his 30s

Call centre employee. Precise. Anxious. Lives his life on a meticulous schedule, and within a very small comfort zone. His life is immaculately clean and tidy. However after 12 weeks in lockdown, Mark has grown increasingly dissatisfied with the idea of life returning to how it used to be.

Highly-skilled singing and strong music reading essential.


AUSTIN - A man in his 30s

Call centre employee. Easy-going. Impulsive. Always late with a strong dislike for routine. Not shiny and not career-driven, but adventurous. Has a big heart and a lot of love to offer. Austin is a romantic.

Highly-skilled singing and strong music reading essential.


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:

- You should self tape an excerpt from any contemporary musical theatre song, which suits the character description and demonstrates acting through song as well as musical ability. Up to 2 minutes in length.
- This could take the form of an audio or video recording 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