Inspired by the success of talent development initiatives created for artists at the National Theatre of Scotland’s new theatre-making facility Rockvilla, on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal in Glasgow, the Company is delighted to announce Engine Room, a new nationwide programme of opportunities for artists, hosted in partnership with arts venues and theatre spaces across Scotland.
Engine Room will be in Wigtown on the 28 June 2017, Dumfries on the 29 June 2017 and Aberdeen in October 2017, with more locations around the country to be announced shortly. Engine Room opportunities will also be available within Rockvilla, which has been described since its launch in January 2017, as an Engine Room for Scottish Theatre.
Engine Room is a pioneering national artistic model, celebrating the Company’s “without walls” model, focusing first and foremost on empowering and enabling artistic communities, whilst still supporting individual artists, collectives, and companies. This talent development initiative will foster creative environments across the country, in partnership with local venues and organisations. In this first pilot year, this will be achieved through a rolling programme of invitations and opportunities involving the relocation of key members of the National Theatre of Scotland team as well inviting artists from across Scotland to benefit from the resources in Rockvilla.
Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director, National Theatre of Scotland says
“It’s thrilling to be able to reach out across Scotland to find extraordinary theatre-making talent that the National Theatre of Scotland can support in a myriad of ways. I want to enable artists of all disciplines to join us so we can support them to make bold and exciting theatre and ultimately to place Scottish theatre-making at the heart of international innovation in theatrepractice”
In addition to physical Engine Room spaces, digital Engine Room Artist (ERA) spaces will be created allowing allow artists across the country to communicate together, sharing knowledge, networks and resources despite geographical distance.
Engine Room is keen to hear from anyone based in Scotland who works professionally as an artist and is interested in theatre-making, whether they be a performer, director, visual artist, musician, poet, gamer, designer or comedian.
Click here to find out more and book for current opportunities.