Two performers, either both male identifying or both female identifying, approximately the same age and in lockdown together - open to submissions until Friday 15 May.

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 new short work by Meghan Tyler

A light-hearted, queer comedy duologue about two flatmates who have unexpectedly caught feelings for each other whilst living in quarantine.


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 and iPlayer. 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 and CV and choose one of the following options:

  • Write about a scene from an existing play that you would love to see yourself performing in and why - this should be no longer than 100 words
  • Or submit a 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)

If you are taping, 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)

Recordings/ pieces should be submitted sfsperfromers@nationaltheatrescotland.com

Please clearly mark which part you are applying for in the title of your email.

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

https://www.spotlight.com/news-and-advice/tips-and-advice/how-to-self-tape/

The initial call out will remain open to submissions until Friday 15 May.

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.

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

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 and Horsecross Arts, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Stellar Quines, Tron Theatre and The Traverse Theatre.