Jackie Wylie champions Scottish work in first National Theatre of Scotland season
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.”
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
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
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
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Midsummer by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre
Co-produced with Edinburgh International festival
The Hub, at the Edinburgh International Festival
My Left Right Foot by Robert Softley Gale
Co-produced with Birds of Paradise
At Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Gob Squad’s Super Night Shot
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
Engine Room’s Just Start Here pop-up Festival
Co-produced with Aberdeen Performing Arts
Directed by Simon Sharkey and Wendell Manwarren
Co-produced with British Council Trinidad and Tobago
Port of Spain, Trinidad
Theatre in Schools Scotland
Co-produce with Catherin Wheels, Visible Fictions, and Starcatchers
Touring Scottish schools from November 2018