New work and literary adaptations form the back bone of the National Theatre’s season


The National Theatre of Scotland have just announced their 08/09 season, a programme dominated by emergent theatre makers and literary adaptations.

John Tiffany will direct 'Be Near Me', an adaptation of Scottish writer Andrew O’Hagan’s hugely acclaimed novel about a conflicted priest, while author Ray Bradbury has adapted his own coming-of-age classic 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'.

NTS are putting the latter show on as a co-production with the excellent children’s theatre company Catherine Wheels.

It’s not all plays-from-books, though. One of the most exciting announcements is that former Director In Residence Davey Anderson ('Snuff', 'Rupture') has collaborated with young New York Company the TEAM (Theatre of the Emerging American Moment), darlings of just about every critic worth their salt for the past two years of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The TEAM’s previous productions include 'Particularly In The Heartland' and the Fringe First-winning 'Give Up! Start Over' – witty, intelligent, politicised productions characterised by an inventive approach to narrative. The collaboration, 'Architecting', will play at the Traverse Theatre during the Fringe.

At the Festival proper, NTS Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone and playwright David Harrower ('Blackbird') have collaborated on a new work '365', about the state mechanisms used to introduce children in care to the adult world.

Throughout October and November, NTS will continue working with the Traverse, giving four debut playwrights the chance to have their works directed by Tiffany, Featherstone and Dominic Hill.

Meanwhile, Alan Cumming is still hanging around, literally, as the huge spectacle of last year’s Festival production 'The Bacchae' tours Scotland and New York this summer.


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