National Theatre of Scotland

REVIEW: Dragon, National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre


Young Tommy seems to be coping after the untimely death of his mother. Whilst his sister throws herself into her passion for swimming and his grief-stricken father hides himself away, Tommy carries on with his everyday life. Apart, of course, from those special, secretive times he spends in the company of the Dragon… Directed by […]

PREVIEW – Dragon, National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre

A co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland, Vox Motus and the Tianjin People’s Arts Theatre from China, Dragon tells the wordless tale of young Tommy, who feels alone and disconnected from the world following the death of his mother. Until one day, when opening his bedroom curtains, he’s greeted with a most extraordinary sight. […]

REVIEW – Calum’s Road, Traverse Theatre


A co-production from the National Theatre of Scotland and Communicado Theatre Company, David Harrower’s adaptation of Roger Hutchinson’s Calum’s Road forges a poignant path through themes of belonging, change and cultural identity. Taking 20 years to single-handedly build a road on the sparsely-populated island of Raasay, Calum Macleod (Iain Macrae) is portrayed as a single-minded […]

REVIEW – A Doll’s House, National Theatre of Scotland – Lyceum Theatre


Zinnie Harris’ adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House powerfully dismantles the one-dimensional facade of our public personas, opening hidden doors to reveal the passion, fears and dissatisfaction of the real lives beneath. Nora, on the surface, is the perfect politician’s wife: demure, attractive and loyal. Her husband Thomas views her as an essential part of […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Love Letters To The Public Transport System, National Theatre of Scotland


Molly Taylor’s heartfelt and ultimately uplifting one-hander shines a headlight on the seemingly insignificant – the everyday acts which some may view as mundane; but to others can take on resonance of heroic proportions. What circumstances brought you to this point in your life? A trail of decisions, coincidences, chance meetings and synchronicity? And, as […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Beautiful Burnout (Pleasance)


10 – 29 August (not 16 or 23) 1930-2100, Pleasance Courtyard There are moments during Frantic Assembly’s stunning and visceral Beautiful Burnout where you feel you have just gone three minutes with a heavyweight champion. A co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland, the play throws the audience into the world of amateur boxing, focusing […]

NEWS – Unstaged, a photo competition from Blipfoto

As revealed in our interview with co-founder Joe Tree, Blipfoto are launching a photography competition in conjunction with Channel 4, the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Screen. Opening tomorrow, Unstaged aims to celebrate and share extraordinary moments and stories from everyday life and will feature three separate competitions throughout the course of the year. […]