We want to see a brilliant and dynamic Scottish National Theatre which will build on stronger foundations for drama in Scotland and will win prestige within this country and beyond by producing new writing and world-class productions.
James Boyle, Scottish Arts Council Chairman
Established in February 2006, the National Theatre of Scotland has no building of its own. As well as conventional theatre, many different spaces have been used for performances, including airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests, football pitches, pubs and factories. The company have played to over 710,000 people across three continents with 160 productions in 125 different locations, with box office earnings approaching £6.4 million.
The National Theatre of Scotland has been a huge success with many memorable and award winning shows including The Wolves in the Walls, The Emperor’s New Kilt, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, Black Watch and A Christmas Carol to name but a few.
A Christmas Carol, Dickens’ immortal tale of the miserly Scrooge was brought to life featuring a superbly talented cast, haunting puppets, live music and a set that transported you back to Scrooge’s Victorian London. The production won the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, for best ensemble and best production.
The multi-award winning Black Watch has won the National Theatre of Scotland and its artists 37 national and international awards including 4 Oliviers for best new play, best director, best theatre choreographer and best sound design.
Written by Gregory Burke, Black Watch is based on interviews conducted by Burke with former soldiers who served in Iraq. Viewed by those on the ground, Black Watch reveals what it meant to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror and what it means to make the journey home again.
Black Watch will tour again in 2013 visiting Glasgow, Norwich, Seattle and the American Conservatory Theatre in Seattle.
The archive of the National Theatre of Scotland is housed in the Special Collections Department of the University Library and includes brochures, prompt scripts, programmes, performance archive film (DVD) presscutting and reviews. For an overview of the collection see National Theatre of Scotland.
As always, if you wish to see an item from the Scottish Theatre Archive, do come and see us on level 12 of the library and we will be happy to help
Website of the National Theatre of Scotland
Website of the Black Watch Regiment
Special Collections blog. Dickensian Christmas
Special Collections virtual display. Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol .
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