Vicky Featherstone to step down from National Theatre of Scotland

Artistic Director to take new post at London's Royal Court

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Vicky Featherstone to step down from National Theatre of Scotland

The National Theatre of Scotland announced today that Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone is leaving to join the Royal Court at the end of 2012. Featherstone joined to help establish the theatre company in 2004 and has presided over a string of hits. Featherstone expressed that her decision to accept the Artistic Director role at the Royal Court came 'with a complex mixture of real sadness and joy … for it is a life-changing experience to be the person to set up a new national theatre'. She will be replacing Dominic Cooke after he steps down in April 2013.

Vicky Featherstone's Greatest Hits

Enquirer - 2012

Mirror war correspondent Ros Wynne Jones (Maureen Beattie) recalls the trauma she suffered following the massacre she witnessed in East Timor and how the atrocity was pushed deep into the paper by Prince Edward’s wedding. Deborah Orr (Gabriel Quigley), while describing working for the Guardian as being like ‘being in a film about working on a newspaper’, recounts a nightmare she had while serving as editor of the paper’s Weekend magazine, in which she ended up murdering Bryan Ferry who had copy approval over his own coverage.
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The Wheel - 2011

When we think about war, it is the civilian casualties or soldiers who lose their lives we remember. The children whose innocence is stripped from them, observing the horrors that surround a war zone rarely, if ever, get a mention. In the west, we worry about how video games and inappropriate television affect a developing mind. But what if those images are taking place on your doorstep, and pressing the off switch is not an option?
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Wall of Death - 2010

The sound of revving engines is enough to awaken the sleeping serpent coiled at the bottom of your spine, but it is the performance that follows that will pump your adrenal glands to sheer jaw dropping exhilaration. The Ken Fox Troupe ride the Indian Motorcycle — with its low centre of gravity — perpendicular to the floor inside a drum-shaped wooden cylinder: the infamous Wall of Death.
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365 - 2008

The idea of a play about children in care might not immediately strike you as an entertaining Festival night out, but overcome your prejudices. Vicky Featherstoneʼs production of David Harrowerʼs script for the National Theatre of Scotland touches upon the issues that underlie its subject matter with nuanced tenderness, short-circuiting any accusations of worthiness before they can happen.
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