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National Theatre of Scotland to explore Brexit as part of 2019 season

Jackie Wylie. Photo: Julie Howden.
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Scotland’s scheduled exit from the European Union is to be marked by the National Theatre of Scotland with a special production on March 29 as part of its 20-strong 2019 season.

Dear Europe, co-curated by new NTS associate director Stewart Laing and its artistic director Jackie Wylie, will see six Scottish theatre practitioners create pieces based on their feelings about Brexit.

The company, which operates a “without walls” performance model, will be staging new work and revivals across Scotland as well as touring revivals of successful productions internationally.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, Wylie said that the company will be “focussing on major Scottish artists, creating major new works that explore the vital questions facing all of us both as Scots and as global citizens”.

She added: “We will also be asking what it is that particularly defines Scottish theatre. What it can do, like no other national
culture, is tackle the big questions of our times, with a unique sense of joy and a love of communal celebration.”

The company will be staging two works at the Edinburgh festivals, including  a new work by Tim Crouch, Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation, which explores the collective creation of fiction in a time of fake news.

Red Dust Road, Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of Jackie Kay’s memoire – which traces the challenges she faced on the journey to discover the truth about her birth parents – will premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival and Home, Manchester.

Other new productions include Laing’s Them!, written by Pamela Carter, Thank You Very Much by Claire Cunningham, which is about the phenomenon of Elvis tribute artists, and Jenni Fagan’s own adaptation of her novel The Panopticon for the stage.

The Theatre in Schools Scotland programme will continue in 2019, touring five productions to schools around the country.

In a new commitment to ensuring that everyone has access to its programme of work, the company will be working with Solar Bear, Birds of Paradise and Sign Arts to ensure that every production over the season offers integrated BSL interpretation.

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