Ten years of the National Theatre of Scotland
Ten years ago last month marks a decade since the National Theatre of Scotland nailed their colours to the mast and declared themselves open. Rather than choose one production in one location, they created HOME – a series of plays taking place in one weekend across Scotland. I was lucky enough to be invited on board, to capture five of their nine events in one weekend. Between the Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, I raced between Dundee, Edinburgh, Musselburgh, Glasgow and Dumfries, taking shots of this exciting new theatre company’s very first ‘production’. The atmosphere in all of the venues I visited was electric – full of anticipation, enthusiasm and optimism about what the future of Scotland’s performing arts sector will hold.
Since 2006, I have loved being a part of the NTS’ meteoric growth and have taken photos for many of their shows – Wall of Death, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart to name a few. As is fitting for any birthday party, I’ve dug out ten of my favourite photos of my very first encounter with the National Theatre of Scotland and I raise a glass to the next Ten Dramatic Years.