Engine Room: One Day To Play Orkney

One Day to Play is a paid opportunity for six artists to experiment across art-forms and to generate a brand new idea.

Six artists will be selected from across different art forms (music, theatre, spoken word, dance, poetry & prose, visual art) and will be matched into pairs, invited to share their practices and approaches to making work. Facilitated and guided by a director over the course of one day the artists will work towards presenting ten minutes of a brand new idea for a piece of live performance as part of an evening of sharings at the Orkney Folk Festival.

The opportunity has been designed in recognition of, and in response to, the strength of Orkney’s various art scenes. We hope to seed cross-fertilisation of these different forms and sectors, bringing artists together and encouraging them to think about theatre and performance as a form that gives space for multiple artforms to come together.

How it works

On Thursday 23 May, the six artists will be brought together for an intro session. They’ll be matched up, introduced and participate in a discussion around different approaches and techniques in working across artforms. The artists will then be given some ‘conversation guidelines’ and sent off to get to know each other.

The next morning on Friday 24th May, the pairs will be given a provocation or question to get them started. Using the provocation they’ll spend the day together planning a brand new idea for a piece of performance or theatre – with access to rehearsal space and some materials as required and that evening will present their idea as part of an informal evening of sharings at the Orkney Folk Festival.

Selected artists will be paid a fee of £153.98 for their involvement, calculated at National Theatre of Scotland’s development rate. Other expenses may be covered or reimbursed as agreed.

Artists based in Orkney will be prioritised for this opportunity.

How to get involved

There is a short application process to apply for One Day to Play. Applications close on Monday 6th May and artists will be informed of the outcome of their application by the end of the day on Friday 10th May. One Day to Play is open to all artists and there is no experience level requirement.  Criteria for selection will be based on:

  • How excited the panel are by the artists’ articulation of their practice
  • Who is most likely to benefit from the opportunity



Click the link below to apply via Submittable



This event is part of Engine Room: Diverging.



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 April to June Engine Room will focus on multiplicity, cross-pollination and divergence through the lenses of identity, thought and art-form, as part of Engine Room: Diverging.

Running Time:

180 minutes