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Application Form

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1. Tell us about you and how you make work?

Tell us about what you do here (i.e., a playwright, director, choreographer etc), and tell us about what type of work you make -this can include things like making musical theatre, site-responsive autobiographical performance, work responding to a particular theme etc. If you have a biography, you can include that. If you are new to theatre/ performance and have background in a different industry that is relevant to your practice/ project idea, you are also welcome to include that.

2.Tell us about the idea or project you want to develop?

We know that this residency will allow you to explore and dive deeper into your idea, this question is asked so you can tell us what you hope to explore or make during your residency.

3.Tell us if you were awarded this money how you would spend it to achieve what you want?

We will work with you on managing your budget and what you can do with the financial resource. Here we are interested in seeing what you will spend the money on i.e., your fee, materials, collaborators etc. We have set fee rates which we expect you to pay yourself and any collaborators. Our development rate is £150 per day for up to four consecutive days, £697.52 per week for up to six consecutive days.


1. What do you mean by “who has had more than three works which have been commissioned and fully funded – by a venue or company from its initial development stage to professional produced production presented at on a main stage scale”?

We use main stage scale to refer to a production which has been presented in a venue with an audience of 250+ with a run of at least one week in a professionally funded production. This also refers to productions which have been commissioned by a venue or company from development stage all through to professionally production.

2. Discover (Highlands): I live outside of the Highlands, can I apply?

Yes. In your application you can let us know about your commitment to making work in and for the Highlands.

3. I’ve had a sharing and/ or some research and development already can I apply?

Yes. If your sharing and the research was in early stages of development.

4. Discover (Writer) what do you mean by "one written professional work made"?

This can include things like play texts, screenplays, poetry, fiction that you have been paid for and presented in front of an audience (including live, screen or digitally).

5. I’m an artist/ creative but new to theatre can I apply?

Yes, we welcome applications from artists from any artform who have professional experience in their field.

6. I have more than 1 idea, can I apply to more than 1 residency or to the same residency opportunity multiple times with these ideas?

For Develop (Artists in Community) as the lead artist you can apply more than once to this residency. If you have more than 1 idea you want to apply for, then you must submit a new application for each residency.For Discover (Highlands), Discover (Writer) and Develop (for Disabled Artists) - as the lead artist/ collective/ group you can only apply once to each of these opportunities and they must all be different ideas. However, you can also be a named artist on other applications just not the lead. The same lead artist/ collective/ company will not be selected for more than one residency.

7. I have submitted this idea to New Ideas or another NTS opportunity can I apply to the residencies with the same idea?

No, please only submit ideas you haven’t already proposed to NTS

8. I have used the script reading service for the same idea I want to apply for, would this be eligible?

Yes, this would be eligible. However if you’re sending in the orginal draft you shared to script reading service, you may want to consider how to communicate what will be developed during the residency

9. What do you mean by New Work?

New Work is anything that hasn’t already been developed into a full production to a public audience. For example if the work has had some development already, like a rehearsed reading, or an extract performed at a scratch night then it we would still consider this as ‘new work’.

Application Process

1. Application answers word count and length.

Please use the word count and time length for video and audio applications as a guide. You don’t need to use the maximum length of time or word count; these are just approximations. These questions and answer word limits are based on written English language, and so we recognise that for some applications answers given in a different format a few more words or time may be needed to say all that you want to.

2. Supporting documents - can I include work that hasn't been performed as an example of my work?

Yes - it is helpful for the panel to see examples of your work and your practice (such as writing style). If you are applying to Discover (Writer) you can also include plays that haven’t yet been performed as examples of your work. Due to anticipating many applications, we may only be able to read/ watch up to 20 minutes of your supporting materials. You can include which sections you’d like us to read/ watch specifically if the work is longer.

3. I’m having issues with submittable.

Please contact artistresidency@nationaltheatrescotland.com if you are having any issues.

4. How will you assess applications?

We will assess applications on how an applicant has answered the questions and use a scale to see how well evidenced answers are. We will use a consensus decision making process where we will discuss and make the decisions together -rather than 1 person having final say on outcome. The panel are looking for two main things:

  • how you and your idea/project speaks to our programme priorities and if this is in an innovative or interesting way
  • how this residency will enable you to realise new ambitions for the project and your career going forward.

In recognising the many barriers in the industry, to reduce further marginalisation and exclusion, and to build an artistic programme that reflects the diversity of Scotland, we are prioritising applications from artists who are:

  • Black, Brown, People of Colour, from the African Diaspora, Caribbean Diaspora, East Asian Diaspora, South-East Asian diaspora, South Asian diaspora, West Asian and Middle East Diaspora, Latinx, Indigenous people, bi-racial / multiple heritage
  • from marginalised genders including women, trans men, non-binary, gender non-conforming, two-spirited, agender, genderfluid and intersex people
  • disabled, deaf, blind/ partially sighted, neurodivergent, and/or with any chronic illness and mental ill-health conditions
  • from a low-income household

We also recognise barriers to inclusion and welcome applications from people based outside of the central belt, or who are speakers/users of Scotland’s minoritized languages and those from marginalised cultures and ethnicities.

During the Residency

1. Can I choose my own creative team?

Yes, you can choose your team. The National Theatre of Scotland producers can offer guidance and suggestions and support recruitment of potential collaborators.

2. Finance – Can National Theatre of Scotland help me with my budget?

Yes, we will work with all residency artists and support them with their budget. If you have a producer attached (for example for Develop Residencies) then we will work with your producer on signing off the budget.

3. How does the access budget work?

We have a separate pot of money for lead artists’ access requirements. This can cover things like caring responsibilities, travel, aftercare, translators and interpreters, PA roles, software.

Other access costs associated with your project will come out of your residency budget. We will work with you on this.

Other Questions

1. I have a project or idea I would like to talk to National Theatre of Scotland about.

We are committed to working with and supporting Scotland’s artists throughout the year, and there’s lots of ways you can get in touch with us to talk about your work.

Artists and companies can submit an idea or play to us for Research and Development or production consideration at any time. For more information and links for submissions visit: www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/for-artists/your-ideas

If you don’t yet have a relationship with us and would like us to begin connecting with you, you can let us know about any upcoming work we can attend (including works in progress, scratches etc) by emailing: invitations@nationaltheatrescotland.com

Please note that Visual quality, camera and editing skills will not be taken into consideration for filmed submissions, and spelling and grammar will not form part of the consideration of written on the residency application form.