National theatre of Scotland and China launch partnership

The national theatres of Scotland and China have launched an international partnership today, March 8, starting with a week-long collaboration in Beijing and Shanghai.

The collaboration will be built up through an intensive two-week writing laboratory in China lead by National Theatre of Scotland practitioners. Selected playwrights will be invited to Scotland in autumn 2012 to develop their plays, and engage in cultural exchange and work with Scottish artists. It will culminate in a season at Glasgow’s Oran Mor in 2013.

Vicky Featherstone, artistic director of the NTS, said: “I am honoured and delighted to be able to announce the beginning of a long theatrical relationship that Scotland will develop with China. One of the most important things we can do in theatre is to make a platform for writers and to help them achieve their potential.

“We are thrilled to be working with the National Theatre of China, in this respect, with a country with such a rich culture, and such a diverse population. I am delighted to be part of this new initiative and can’t wait to see what new ideas and writing talent will be discovered.”

The partnership stems from an artistic residency with NTS last Autumn in which National Theatre of China theatre director Tian Qinxin observed both the creative process and management side of the company. She will lead the development activities in China.

Fiona Hyslop, Scottish cabinet secretary for culture and external affairs, added: “By bringing together Chinese theatre writers with Scottish artists and performers, this lively and exciting collaboration is another example of how Scotland’s relationship with China is being strengthened across a wide spectrum of cultural, business and education links. Artistic exchanges like this are crucial to creating a climate of mutual trust, understanding and friendship between our two countries.”

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