How To Act

Internationally-renowned theatre director Anthony Nicholl has travelled the globe on a life-long quest to discover the true essence of theatre.

Today he gives a masterclass, demonstrating first-hand, the methods he developed in Africa and Asia.

Promise, an aspiring actress, has been chosen to participate. What unfolds between them forces Nicholl to question all of his assumptions about his life and art.

How to Act explores the contemporary realities of personal, cultural and economic exploitation through two individuals drawn together in the world of theatre. Both believe in truth, but each has their own version of it.

Written and directed by Graham Eatough
Presented by National Theatre of Scotland

Running Time:

80 minutes


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How to Act Student Symposium

To support the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of How to Act, we will be hosting a number of unique symposium events for students in higher and further education across the country.

These exciting events will invite students to explore how the play was made through a variety of workshops. Graham Eatough and specialist practitioners from the National Theatre of Scotland will lead workshops in playwriting, dramaturgy and the devising process.

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How to Act Interpretation Pack

Interpreting How to Act offers insights to the script, a glimpse into the rehearsal room and offers provocations for interpreting and understanding the play. Whether you are a practitioner or an actor, an academic or simply curious to know more about the production, we hope you’ll enjoy this insight.

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Talking dramaturgy with Graham Eatough

Writer and director of How To Act, Graham Eatough, had a chat with Glasgow-based artist, dramaturg and researcher Andy Edwards about the production and the process of presenting ‘truth’ in theatre over on his blog Talking Dramaturgy.

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