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National Theatre of Scotland announces 2018 Season


By Irene Brown - Posted on 29 November 2017

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Following a launch at the National Theatre of Scotland’s new headquarters Rockvilla in Glasgow, the company (NTS) announces its shows for the forthcoming 2018 Season.

The programme contains a mix of new productions world premieres and a reprise of some shows such as The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, that will tour Scotland in May before going to the Spoleto Festival in June 2018, and the double bill Eve and Adam that will show at Dundee Rep in May, with additional performances of Adam at the Brighton Festival and Beacon Arts Centre the same month.

Rocket Post, written and directed by Lewis Hetherington and screen version directed by Donald Macinnes, that played earlier this year, will tour the Highlands and Islands with The Screen Machine early 2018 and the 2017 Fringe hit How to Act, written and directed by Graham Eatough, will tour Scotland in March 2018

New works include a version Edwin Morgan’s Scots language adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac directed by Dominic Hill; 306 Dusk, the concluding part of the elegiac trilogy about First World War deserters shot for cowardice; Nous/Us an international Québécois and Scottish co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland, Théâtre PÀP and Hôtel-Motel ; The Reason I Jump a site responsive installation and adaptation of the best-selling Japanese novel by Naoki Higoshida exploration of living with autism; My Left Right Foot an irreverent new musical created by Robert Softley Gale and co- produced with Birds of Paradise; Midsummer by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre a re-imagining of the Scottish hit musical rom-com and joint production with Edinburgh International Festival; Eddie and The Slumber Sisters is a musical immersive family show written by Anita Vettesse about grandparents and grieving and a Scotland co-production with Catherine Wheels; Gut by Frances Poet and Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths by Martin McCormick are both part of an NTS Traverse Theatre and Tron Theatre new writing initiative.

Add to this participatory theatre such as Shift, written and directed by Simon Sharkey at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life Culture, an NTS, NL and North Lanarkshire Council co-production and festivals such as the Take Me Somewhere Festival ; Futureproof - Year of Young People 2018, Engine Room's Just Start Here pop-up festival and Citizen of Nowhere and you have an exciting set of events ahead.

As Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland says, “…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.
We want to thrill and entertain audiences in Scotland and beyond, to encourage participation in cultural life and look to the future of what theatre can be.

At the core of our 2018 season is a celebration of the brilliance of Scottish work. We also welcome artists from beyond our borders who we know will excite Scottish audiences and inspire our local artists.
I would also like to extend a warm welcome to Stewart Laing and Cora Bissett as our new Associate Artists and Mark Stevenson who comes on board as our first Futurist in Residence. Nic Green and Adura Onashile will also join the National Theatre of Scotland as Artists in Residence. We also have an exciting new youth project team in place, whose members are already inspiring the Company with their energy and ideas...”

Full details at NTS’ new website www.nationaltheatrescotland.com