Profile: Caroline Newall
'As great jobs go (and at the National Theatre of Scotland there are many), I’m convinced that mine is the best. As Workshop Director, I have the pleasure of being able to offer companies and artists the resources to transform their dreams into reality.
Through the NTS Workshop we offer theatre makers in Scotland an opportunity they have never had before.
The Workshop exists as the first port of call for any artist or company who has a brilliant idea they’d like to investigate. Working with the largest companies through to individual artists, The NTS Workshop is especially exciting as it enables theatre makers who are not traditionally the leaders of a creative process to drive their own projects'.
'The NTS Workshop operates in a very open and flexible way, having set very few criteria that would limit involvement. We heavily encourage projects that challenge existing models of theatre making, involve collaboration and take risks.
We encourage people to think big and devote their energy to the exploration of their idea, conducting most of our business through meetings thereby limiting the amount of paperwork we require people to generate. We ask people to think about what it is they want to discover through development, so that the quality of their experience and work is maximised.
The support offered is predominantly determined by the company/artist through proposals to the NTS Workshop, with input from myself and John Tiffany, Associate Director (New Work) along the way, but usually includes: fees for participants, technical equipment, venue hire, travel etc.
At the NTS Workshop we will also consider particularly inspiring ideas for a NTS Workshop Production, a small scale event that explores a new theatrical experience in the presence of a public audience. The first of these productions hits the streets of Glasgow this March when Angus/Glasgow based company Poorboy, in association with the Arches, present Falling, a site specific promenade performance taking people on an a unique tour through a variety of public and private spaces'.
'I engage with each development project throughout its term with regular phone calls and observe the progress that has been made at the end of each project by attending work-in-progress performances or observing a day’s development. This allows me to determine any additional support we might like to offer to a project; feedback to the NTS creative team about any work we might like to consider for production and monitor and refine the quality of development we offer.
In addition to supporting unsolicited approaches to the NTS Workshop I also co-ordinate the selection of projects and artists for Assignments: whereby a fee is paid to a theatre maker to investigate an interesting or socially relevant story, co-ordinate an annual directors summer school in association with the Edinburgh International Festival and oversee FUSE: a NTS Workshop resourced national script search programme, managed by the Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland, that feeds new plays into theatre companies and venues across Scotland.
The NTS Workshop is, to me, a gift for theatre in Scotland, allowing people to realise their ambitions, develop their skills and work towards becoming the most inventive and risk taking theatre makers in the world'.
If you are an artist or company with a brilliant idea for a new theatrical experience, contact Caroline who is waiting to hear from you.