Script Reading Programme

For Artists

Our script reading programme is the first step for playwrights keen to begin a relationship with the National Theatre of Scotland. It allows us to find writers to whom we can offer support and development opportunities.

We look for writers who can surprise, inspire, provoke, move and entertain us and we’re excited by those plays which – whatever their subject matter or setting – have something urgent to say about the world we live in now.

The programme is overseen by our Dramaturg, Rosie Kellagher, and every play we receive is read by a member of our highly skilled script reading panel. The readers recommend the plays that have impressed them most so that the Artistic Development department can identify writers of interest, and consider them for talent development opportunities.

We look forward to reading your play.

To submit a script and read our guidelines, please click below.

If you have any queries about submitting your play, check our guidelines or email us at