National Theatre of Scotland Announces 2023 Programme

After the uncertain period when we were all under the heel of the pandemic, National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) is now able to set itself on the road to recovery with a year-long programme.

This full and broad package of theatrical plans is rightly rooted in the popular culture and geography of Scotland, with classic and contemporary stories set in the Lowlands, the Highlands, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeenshire.

Incorporating five world premieres of touring productions that include Dracula: Mina’s Reckoning, an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic from Morna Pearson; Dear Billy a tribute to Billy Connolly from Gary McNair; Thrown a new play about wresting from Nat McLeary and Kidnapped, another adaption of RLS classic from Isobel McArthur and Michael John McCarthy, these will tour across Scotland and beyond next year.

NTS is also enabling and supporting extensive Scottish tours for two leading productions that are Protest, a new play about the power of friendship written by Hannah Lavery and Moorcroft about football in the West of Scotland from Edith Loan.

Digital projects will be shared in cinemas, TV (Sky Arts), BBC Radio 4 and V&A Dundee with four new production captures: Finding Seaglass from Hannah Lavery; Tartan telling the famous fabric’s story; Lament For Sheku Bayohfrom Hannah Lavery and the film version of The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde That will be also available for free to schools and educators on the NTS Education Portal.

Artistic Director of NTS Jackie Wylie said “The theatre industry and the live performing arts are …facing some of their greatest challenges in the current climate of post pandemic economic fragility. This makes the National Theatre of Scotland even more determined to bring the joy of the live communal experience to the widest possible reach of audiences across Scotland and beyond. We believe that culture has a critical role to play in the recovery of a nation ….

We are offering audiences a popular programme with radical versions of classics and uplifting contemporary new plays, all reflecting on modern Scotland, created by some of the most talented theatre makers and artists working in Scotland today.

…The artform of theatre uniquely offers a platform to grapple with the issues of our day, where we can be challenged and provoked but affirmed by our shared humanity…

More than ever, we thank our partners, our supporters, the venues we are touring to, the artists, the crews, the freelancers, who make our work and our audiences, for their continued support and commitment in the most difficult of times.”

Add to this strands of Developing New Talent; Creative Engagement with schools; a Neighbourhood Project in Springburn; Creative Careers aimed at secondary school pupils in S3-S6; A Day For Drama Teachers; Theatre for a Fiver scheme for 14-to-26-year-olds and a First Nights programme offering people from under-served communities the chance to take part in theatre for the first time and it’s clear NTS have a busy season planned.

Irene Brown

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