Engine Room: Communal Work Days

An initiative inviting artists, makers and producers to come together for weekly communal working days over the course of a month.

This season’s admin days will be book-ended by informal skillshare sessions from Susannah Armitage – National Theatre of Scotland Acting Head of Artistic Development, and Callum Smith – National Theatre of Scotland Producer. These sessions will look at skills development and personal professional development as a freelancer, tips for approaching funding bodies, negotiating contracts, and what to expect (and not expect) when working with a producer.

We will provide tea, coffee, snacks, free lunchtime yoga classes, and continued support from the artistic development team, all rounded off with some festive drinks with the whole National Theatre of Scotland team at the end of the final session.



Tuesday 19 November: Start the day off with an informal skillshare session led by Susannah Armitage and Callum Smith, looking at sustainability as a freelancer, including planning skills and professional development, approaching funding bodies, negotiating contracts, and working with producers.

Tuesdays 26 November and 3 December: Use the space to work on projects as you wish, with members of the Artistic Development team on hand to provide advice and support as needed.

Friday 13 December: A morning of communal working followed by a check-in session in the afternoon with Callum Smith and the Artistic Development team. We’ll finish the day with festive drinks and snacks to toast to your admin successes!



Date: Tuesday 19 November, Tuesday 26 November, Tuesday 3 December, and Friday 13 December

Time: 11.00am – 5.30pm each week

Location: Rockvilla, National Theatre of Scotland, 125 Craighall Road, G4 9TL


Please note, while we would love for you to join for all four sessions, we also understand that freelancing life often doesn’t allow for a set schedule. Please feel free to join for as many or as little sessions as you are able to.


This event is part of Engine Room: Sustaining.



Our Engine Room programme has our Theatre Without Walls ethos at its heart. We bring artists together to develop skills, networks and create new work at the greatest reach of their imaginations and ambitions.

From October to December, Engine Room’s will focus on forms of sustenance: how to sustain a career, thinking about needs for sustainable working and literal sustenance – food; as part of Engine Room: Sustaining.


Accessible performances available:

  • Autism Friendly

  • Wheelchair Accessible

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26/11/2019 - 13/12/2019