Jackie Wylie champions Scottish work in first National Theatre of Scotland season

Adura Onashile (Artist in residence), Rachel-Jane Morrison (Youth Project Team), Jackie Wylie (NTS artistic director), Nic Green (Artist in residence), Cameron Downing (youth project team) Front: Cora Bissett (Associate Director), Mark Stevenson (Futurist in residence), photo: Julie Howden
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The first season at the National Theatre of Scotland from artistic director Jackie Wylie will celebrate “the brilliance of Scottish work”, featuring artists including David Greig and Zinnie Harris.

Wylie, who took up the role this spring, has also announced the organisation’s first ‘futurist in residence’, futurist and author Mark Stevenson, whose job will be to help guide the company into the future.

The season also includes new writing at the Traverse and Tron, including Zinnie Harris directing Gut by Frances Poet and Andy Arnold directing Martin McCormick’s Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths. Each will play both theatres in May.

Midsummer, David Greig and Gordon McIntyre’s hit romantic comedy with music, is being revived in a reimagined, immersive staging at the Edinburgh International Festival, performed in the Edinburgh Hub.

The season also includes Eddie and The Slumber Sisters, an immersive family show exploring how children process the death of grandparent, co-produced with children’s theatre company Catherine Wheels, which will have an extensive Scottish tour.

The Autumn will see the culmination of the NTS’s three year collaboration with 14-18 NOW with the final part of the 306 trilogy about First World War deserters shot for cowardice. Wils Wilson will direct The 306 Dusk, which will bring Gareth Williams’ music to the forefront.

Also in the Autumn, regular NTS co-producers Glasgow’s Citizens and Edinburgh’s Lyceum theatres are staging a new production of Edwin Morgan’s Scots language version of Cyrano de Bergerac, directed by Dominic Hill as a joyous celebration of theatre itself.

Three Edinburgh Fringe hits from 2017 are getting revived for Scottish tours, with Graham Eatough’s How to Act going out in March, and the double bill of Jo Clifford’s Eve and Cora Bisset’s Adam in May.

Robert Softley Gale is creating My Left Right Foot, an NTS Birds of Paradise co-production for the Edinburgh Fringe, which is a new musical satirising the portrayal of disabled actors on stage and screen.

Festivals include the Futureproof, which is part of the Year of Young People 2018, co-curated by Lucy Gaziely and 21Common. A new festival of “radical work, co-created by young people alongside leading UK and international theatre-makers”, it will take place at venues across Scotland in October.

Wylie also announced that Cora Bissett and Stewart Laing will be associate directors over the year, with Nic Green and Adura Onashile joining as artists in residence.

Announcing the season, Wylie said: “This is a wide-reaching, year-long nationwide programme that builds on the National Theatre of Scotland’s founding principle to be a theatre for everyone with a renewed focus for 2018 on celebrating young people and their vital contribution to our nation’s artistic life.”

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Season at a glance:

How to Act by Graham Eatough

Directed by Graham Eatough
Touring Scotland from March 6 to 23

Eddie and The Slumber Sisters by Anita Vittesse

Directed by Gill Roberston

Co-produced with Catherine Wheels
Touring from April 28 to May 28

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by David Greig

Directed by Wils Wilson
Touring from May to June 2018

Eve and Adam by Jo Clifford and Chris Goode

Directed by Susan Worsfold

Adam by Frances Poet

Directed by Cora Bissett
May 24 to 26
Dundee Rep

Gut by Frances Poet

Directed by Zinnie Harris
Co-produced with Traverse Theatre productionApril 20 to May 19
Traverse and Tron Theatre

Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths by Martin McCormick

Directed by Andy Arnold
Co-produced with Tron Theatre
May 3 to 19
Traverse and Iron Theatre

The Reason I Jump by Graham Eatough

Directed by Graham Eatough
June 2018
The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow, Glasgow

Exchange youth theatre festival

Co-produced with Eden Court Theatre
July 2 to 8
Eden Court Iverness

Nous/Us by Davey Anderson, Linda McLean and Philippe Ducros

Directed by Patrice Dubois.
Co-produced with Theatre PAP and Hotel-Motel
August 2018
Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Midsummer by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre

Co-produced with Edinburgh International festival
August 2018
The Hub, at the Edinburgh International Festival

My Left Right Foot by Robert Softley Gale

Co-produced with Birds of Paradise
August 2018
At Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Gob Squad’s Super Night Shot

Summer 2018

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edwin Morgan

Directed by Dominic Hill
Co-produced with Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre
November 10 to September 1 2018
Tramway, Glasgow, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

The 306 Dusk by Oliver Emanuel

Directed by Wils Wilson
Co-produced with Perth Theatre 14-18 NOW
October 8 to 27

Futureproof – Year of Young People 2018

Co-curated by Lucy Gaizely/21Common
Locations across Scotland from September 28 to October 28 2018

Citizen of Nowhere co-curated by William Galinsky

Co-produced with GallinskyWorks
November 2018

Engine Room’s Just Start Here pop-up Festival

Co-produced with Aberdeen Performing Arts

November 2018


Directed by Simon Sharkey and Wendell Manwarren
Co-produced with British Council Trinidad and Tobago
November 2018
Port of Spain, Trinidad

Theatre in Schools Scotland

Co-produce with Catherin Wheels, Visible Fictions, and Starcatchers
November 2018
Touring Scottish schools from November 2018