National Theatre of Scotland



  • A theater company founded in 2006 as part of the National Cultural Strategy set out by the new Scottish Executive in 1999. Vicky Featherstone, formerly of the London-based Paines Plough company, was appointed as its first director. the Theatre has a remit to deliver high quality work, build audiences, and nurture talent, with an emphasis on commissioning new works from Scottish artists and companies. As a matter of policy the company has no central base and performs at venues of all kinds and sizes across Scotland. Accordingly, the company's inaugural work, Home, consisted of ten different events performed in ten different locations - including an abandoned tenement in Aberdeen and the Shetland ferry. The new Theatre then achieved a landmark success with Gregory Burke's Black Watch (2006), a play based on interviews with members of the historic Scottish regiment serving in Iraq. This intensely raw, physical production won numerous awards when staged at that summer's Edinburgh Festival and has since been seen in London, America, and Australia as well as being revived several times in Scotland. Subsequent productions have included David Greig's modern reworking of The Bacchae (2007), Anthony Neilson's extraordinary Dissocia (2007), the children's musical The Emperor's New Kilt (2008), and Greig's adaptation of Peter Pan (2010).