National Theatre of Scotland announces 2018 Season
- Rowena McIntosh
- 29 November 2017
Jo Clifford's Eve heads to the Dundee Rep in May / credit: David Monteith-Hodge
Eight new productions, two youth festivals and the first Futurist in Residence feature in NTS's programme for 2018
National Theatre of Scotland have launched their programme for the entirety of 2018, with artistic director Jackie Wylie describing the season is 'a celebration of the brilliance of Scottish work'. The programme includes eight new productions, plays and festivals including Take Me Somewhere, the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, two youth festivals and the return of much loved productions, such as The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and Midsummer.
The 2018 season also welcomes Cora Bissett and Stewart Laing as Associate Directors, Nic Green and Adura Onashile as Artists in Residence, and author Mark Stevenson as the Company's first Futurist in Residence. Throw in a new website and the company are ready to take on 2018.
Here are the theatrical delights you can enjoy throughout the year:
Rocket Post is a new screen version of the children's stage play, touring the Highlands and Islands with The Screen Machine. Rocket Post marks the first time that National Theatre of Scotland has brought a broadcast screening of a NTS show to cinema audiences. Highlands and Islands, 6 Jan–3 Mar.
Just Start Here is a two day festival at Glasgow's Civic House where artists can share and generate ideas, art and provocations. Just Start Here includes new work-in-progress pieces of theatre, discussions, forums, music, dance, visual art and cross art form experimentation. Featuring new work by Debbie Hannan, Laurie Brown and Hannah Lavery and music from Heir of the Cursed and DJs from Grassroots Glasgow. Civic House, Glasgow, 26 & 27 Jan.
How to Act by Graham Eatough debuted at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is a provocative meditation on art, ethics and truth. It tours to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and St Andrews and stars original co-stars Robert Goodale and Jade Ogugua. 6–23 Mar.
Shift consists of a site-specific outdoor theatre event at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life (29 Mar–1 Apr) and a series of exhibitions, installations and youth theatre performances across North Lanarkshire. Shift tells the stories of the many 'shifts' put in by the workers who built the world and created our future through poetry, prose and song. Oct–Mar.
Eddie and The Slumber Sisters is a new immersive theatre show for children and families created with Catherine Wheels Theatre Company. It follows the story of Eddie, who has been having wild and chaotic dreams since her gran died. Blending magic, music and imagination Eddie and the Slumber Sisters explores the realities of grief through the eyes of a child. Apr–Jun.
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, David Greig and Wils Wilson's celebrated folk theatre fable, returns to Scotland in 2018. Since its premiere in Glasgow in 2011, the show, which is inspired by the Border Ballads, Robert Burns and the poems of Robert Service, has enjoyed a six-month residency at New York's famous McKittrick Hotel and been awarded the 2017 Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience. 14–25 May.
Eve and Adam are a pair of powerful stories about real trans lives that debuted at The Traverse during the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. Eve (written by Jo Clifford and Chris Goode and directed by Susan Worsfold) and Adam (written by Frances Poet and directed by Cora Bissett) come to Dundee Rep (24-26 May), with additional performances of Adam at Brighton Festival and the Beacon Arts Centre in May.
NTS is supporting two shows, an award and a new opportunity for Scottish artists, at Glasgow's second Take Me Somewhere festival. As Far As My Fingertips Take Me by Tania El Khoury is an intimate one-to-one performance piece where an audience member and a refugee converse through a gallery wall. Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) by Split Britches explores ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and how to look forward when the future is uncertain.
Gut and Ma Pa and the Little Mouths are both part of a new three-way partnership between NTS, the Tron Theatre and Traverse Theatre. Gut is a psychological thriller that explores who we can trust with our children, written by Frances Poet and directed by Zinnie Harris at the Traverse Theatre and Tron Theatre (20 Apr–19 May), Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths, written by Martin McCormick and directed by Andy Arnold, takes audiences to the beguiling world of Ma and Pa, who spend their time exchanging extraordinary and fantastic stories. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and Tron Theatre, Glasgow, 3–19 May.
The Reason I Jump is based on the book by Naoki Higoshida and explores the realities and experience of living with autism. Created by Graham Eatough, the piece will take the form of a unique site-specific installation in the Glasgow's Children's Wood and North Kelvin Meadow, where audiences journey through a series of outdoor mazes.
Now in its ninth year, Exchange aims to facilitate a national and international exchange and to enable groups to create and perform new pieces of theatre with the support of a professional creative team. Ten groups of young theatre-makers have been selected to take part in Exchange 2018: eight from Scotland and the UK, and two international groups.Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, 2–8 Jul.
Nous/Us explore issues of sovereignty, both personal and national. Following development in both Glasgow and Québéc, over the last three years, Nous/Us is a bi-lingual play by an ensemble of Scottish and Québécois actors. Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Aug.
Midsummer, David Greig and Gordon McIntyre's musical comedy, receives a radical restaging in a co-production with the Edinburgh International Festival. Set in Edinburgh, it follows solitary thirtysomethings Bob and Helena on a great lost weekend of bridge-burning, car chases, wedding bust-ups, midnight trysts and self-loathing hangovers. The Hub, Edinburgh, Aug.
My Left Right Foot is the first collaboration between NTS and Birds of Paradise Theatre, Scotland's leading disability-led performance company, to mark their 25th year. The riotous musical follows a local amateur dramatic group who, faced with the threat of funding cuts, come up with a cunning plan: they will create a dazzling show starring 'the disabled'. Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Aug.
Gob Squad's Super Night Shot is a journey through the night time streets of Glasgow. Four performers armed with video cameras head off into the night with a mission to create a film for the people of the city. Only one thing is certain: 60 minutes later they will meet again and present what they have filmed to the waiting audience. Super Night Shot is Berlin-based Gob Squad's most widely toured production, with nearly 200 unique presentations since the project's inception in 2003. Glasgow, date tbc.
Cyrano de Bergerac is a new production of Edwin Morgan's celebrated Glaswegian-Scots translation of the classic Rostand play. Originally staged by Communicado Theatre, Morgan's Cyrano de Bergerac premiered in Inverness on 6 Aug 1992. Tramway, Glasgow; Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh; Eden Court Theatre, Inverness; 1 Sep–10 Nov.
The 306: Dusk is the concluding part of Oliver Emanuel and Gareth William's First World War trilogy, following the true story of the 306 men executed for cowardice and desertion. The 306: Dusk brings the trilogy into the modern day, exploring how the spectre of trauma continues to haunt soldiers in the modern day. Perth Theatre, 12–27 Oct.
Futureproof is a Scotland-wide festival of theatre and performance created by young people in celebration of Scotland's Year of Young People. Ten leading UK and international companies and artists, specialising in daring new work targeted at young people, work with local young groups to co-create, design, develop and stage a piece of performance. Various venues, Scotland.
Citizen of Nowhere is a festival that looks to question how theatre and art can respond to an increasingly fragmented world. Theatre-maker William Galinsky leads an enquiry into the future of how and why theatre is made and for whom. Can theatre use and influence technology to bring more of us together? Dundee, Nov
TT Jump is a continuation of theinternational JUMP programme. Disenfranchised young men in Jamaica, Fife, Glasgow and now Trinidad and Tobago share their experiences, through storytelling, theatre and parkour. TT Jump features a cast of young men and women in the final performances. Port of Spain, Trinidad, Nov.
For more information and the latest announcements, head to nationaltheatrescotland.com