The birth of the National Theatre of Scotland

Photo of actors as soldiers
'Black Watch'
Courtesy of National
Theatre of Scotland.

Audio recording of event on 9 February 2010

A panel of guests at the National Library of Scotland discussed why Scotland needed a national theatrical body. They considered what it took to create the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) and how it is achieving its aims.

With over 117 productions in over 114 locations NTS has done much in its first four years. From the multi-award winning 'Black Watch' and 'Peer Gynt' to 'The Bacchae', it continues to create world-class theatre.

Adrienne Scullion, James Arnott Chair of Drama at Glasgow University, chaired the panel discussion, which featured:

  • John Tiffany, Associate Director, New Work, National Theatre of Scotland
  • Janet Paisley, playwright, scriptwriter, poet and author
  • Donald Smith, Director, Scottish Storytelling Centre, and former chair of the independent working group to set up NTS
  • Paul Henderson Scott, author and cultural historian.

Recording © National Library of Scotland. Opinions in expressed in this recording do not necessarily reflect that of the National Library of Scotland.


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