Season 2018

to be ‘among’ ‘in the midst of’ ‘together’ ‘reciprocally and mutually’.

These definitions sum up the connectivity of the Scottish theatre community and represent our 2018 season.

2018 will be defined by the level of the ambition that we aspire to achieve, building on the success of what has gone before. Whether that is the audacity of the scale of individual projects or the ambition of the ideas being expressed.

The National Theatre of Scotland aims first and foremost to be a theatre for everyone. In 2018 we will build on this ethos with a particular renewed focus on Scotland’s future generations.


From Falkirk to Shetland, Paisley, Moray, Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Fife and South Ayrshire Futureproof will be a nationwide international festival of radical new work created with young people but for everyone, in celebration of 2018 being Scotland’s themed Year of Young People.


Year of Young People 2018
Co-curator: Lucy Gaizely/21Common
Locations across Scotland National Theatre of Scotland in association with Event Scotland

With Mammalian Diving Reflex (Germany /Canada), Rimini Protokoll (Germany) Supported by  Paisley 2021, CAMPO (Belgium), Empathy Museum (UK), Jess Thom/Tourettes Hero (UK), Glas(s) Performance (UK), Ahke (Russia) Greg Sinclair (UK), Back to Back Theatre (AUS) and Project X (UK).

28 September to 28 October 2018

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The National Theatre of Scotland pioneered the principle of being without walls – a determination to take work to wherever there are audiences to be found. Next year we will regularly tour, taking shows all across the country.

Eddie and the Slumber Sisters

Directed by Gill Roberston
Text by Anita Vettesse
Catherine Wheels and National Theatre of Scotland
Touring to venues across the Lothians, Borders, and Highlands and Islands
28 April to 03 June 2018

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How to Act

Written and directed by Graham Eatough
Touring Scotland
06 to 23 March 2018

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Rocket Post On Screen

Written and directed by Lewis Hetherington
Screen version directed by Donald Macinnes
National Theatre of Scotland, Regional Screen Scotland and The Space
Touring Scotland
6 January to 3 March 2018

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National Theatre of Scotland and Eden Court Theatre
Youth Theatre festival at Eden Court Theatre,  Inverness
2-8  July 2018

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Theatre in Schools Scotland

Imaginate, Catherine Wheels, Visible Fictions, Starcatchers
Touring schools throughout Scotland

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We will always begin by celebrating Scotland’s unique cultural landscape but now more than ever we need to reach out and connect globally as well as locally.

Future international collaborations and presentations

First Snow (Première neige)

Written by Davey Anderson, Philippe Ducros and Linda McLean
Directed by Patrice Dubois
A National Theatre of Scotland, Théâtre PÀP and Hôtel-Motel Production
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

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The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Created by David Greig (director) and Wils Wilson (writer)
Touring Scotland (14 to 25 May 2018)
Spoleto Festival (31 May to 09 June 2018).

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As Far As My Fingertips Take Me

Take Me Somewhere and National Theatre of Scotland
24 to 27 May 2018

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Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)

Take Me Somewhere, National Theatre of Scotland and Platform
at Platform, Glasgow
26 May 2018

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TT Jump

Directed by Simon Sharkey and Wendell Manwarren
National Theatre of Scotland and British Council Trinidad and Tobago
Port of Spain, Trinidad in November 2018

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At the heart of National Theatre of Scotland is enabling the incredible ambition of our finest theatre makers. Celebrating our world class directors, writers, actors, designers and creative teams and the classic theatre experience.

Cyrano de Bergerac

Adapted by Edwin Morgan
Directed by Dominic Hill
National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness
01 September to 10 November 2018

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Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths

By Martin McCormick
Directed by Andy Arnold
Tron Theatre in association with National Theatre of Scotland
At the Tron Theatre, Glasgow from 3 to 12 May
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh from 16 to 19 May 2018.

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By Frances Poet
Directed by Zinnie Harris
Traverse Theatre in association with National Theatre of Scotland
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh from 20 April to 12 May
Tron Theatre, Glasgow from 15 to 19 May 2018.

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The 306: Dusk

By Oliver Emanuel
Composed by Gareth Williams
Directed by Wils Wilson
National Theatre of Scotland, 14-18 Now and Perth Theatre
at Perth Theatre
12 to 27 October 2018

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Our Associates

Introducing our Associates.

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The National Theatre of Scotland has always been determined to provoke debate and dialogue through the artists that it supports and the choices that they make. Scotland’s theatre makers will help us ask challenging questions of these challenging times.

Citizen of Nowhere

Co-curated by William Galinsky
National Theatre of Scotland and GalinskyWorks
November 2018

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Just Start Here

National Theatre of Scotland and Aberdeen Performing Arts
Civic House, Glasgow, 26 and 27 January 2018
Aberdeen, November 2018

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We have three projects next year that each celebrate the specificity of place and have a particular type of joy at their core. Being without walls allows us to create theatrical interventions into the everyday, across cities, festivals as well as, at times, across the entire nation.


By David Greig and Gordon McIntyre
The Hub, at the Edinburgh International Festival 2018
A National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival Production

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Super Night Shot

National Theatre of Scotland and Gob Squad
Summer 2018

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Directed by Simon Sharkey
National Theatre of Scotland, Culture NL and North Lanarkshire Council
Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
29 March to 1 April 2018

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Finally, we will create theatre productions, at scale, that interrupt the social norm and put extraordinary lives centre stage.

My Left / Right Foot - The Musical

Created by Robert Softley Gale
Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

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Eve / Adam

Adam by Frances Poet, directed by Cora Bissett
Adam is at the Beacon Arts Centre (04 & 05 May 2018) and Brighton Festival (09 to 12 May 2018)
Eve by Jo Clifford, directed by Susan Worsfold
Adam and Eve at Dundee Rep Theatre (24 to 26 May 2018).

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The Reason I Jump

Based on the book by Naoki Higoshida
Translated by David Mitchell and Keiko Yoshida
Conceived and Directed by Graham Eatough
Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow, Glasgow
June 2018

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