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Theatre companies

7:84 Theatre Company Touring theatre company specialising in political theatre
The Arches Arts producing and receiving house based in Glasgow
Benchtours National and international touring company producing work with an emphasis on highly visual theatre
Birds of Paradise Theatre Company Touring theatre company specialising in providing accessible quality theatre and employment and training opportunities for people with physical disabilities
Boilerhouse Edinburgh-based company which creates medium-to large-scale outdoor and street theatre productions
Byre Theatre Producing company and receiving venue in St Andrews
Citizens’ Theatre Classic and contemporary producing theatre based in Glasgow
Dundee Rep Theatre Producing company and receiving venue in Dundee
Grey Coast Theatre Company Touring company focussing on Northern Scottish theatre
Grid Iron Edinburgh-based company specialising in site specific productions
Imaginate Edinburgh-based development agency, promoting and developing performing arts for children
Lung Ha's Theatre Company Edinburgh-based performing arts company specialising in providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities
Mull Theatre Touring company based on the Isle of Mull
National Theatre of Scotland Scotland's national theatre commissioning organisation bringing a wide programme of work across Scotland
nva Organisation Site-specific producing company
Perth Theatre Producing company and receiving venue in Perth
Pitlochry Festival Theatre Producing company and receiving venue in Pitlochry
Royal Lyceum Theatre Company Producing company and receiving venue in Edinburgh
Scottish Community Drama Association Voluntary organisation promoting all aspects of community theatre
Scottish Youth Theatre Produces theatre 'for & by' young people
Stellar Quines Theatre Company Touring company based in Edinburgh focussing on the experience and perspective of contemporary Scottish women
TAG Theatre Company Glasgow-based company producing work for young people
Theatre Babel Touring company based in Glasgow producing classical works
Theatre Cryptic Performing arts company creating multi-artform productions
Theatre Workshop Inclusive theatre company and venue based in Edinburgh
Traverse Theatre or Virtual Traverse Producing company and receiving venue in Edinburgh focussing on new writing
Tron Theatre Producing company and receiving venue in Glasgow
Visible Fictions Touring theatre company specialising in productions for children and young people
Wee Stories Touring theatre company specialising in productions for young children and families

Theatre venues

Bowhill Theatre Selkirk venue programming drama and music throughout the year
Brunton Theatre Musselburgh venue for theatre, dance, music and film
Eden Court Inverness venue for theatre, film and literature as well as outreach projects
Edinburgh Festival Theatre Edinburgh venue for theatre, dance, and music

Gilmorehill G12


Gilmorehill G12 is a Glasgow based Arts Venue with commercially available theatre, cinema and conference spaces. These creative spaces are housed in the University of Glasgow's Department of Theatre, Film, & Television Studies
Lyth Arts Centre Caithness venue programming small scale touring companies of a variety of performing arts
Macrobert Stirling venue for theatre and film, gallery and workshop space
The Ramshorn Theatre Theatre venue and home of the University of Strathclyde's Drama Centre
Tramway Glasgow venue programming visual and performing arts
The Wynd Melrose, small privately managed professional theatre catering for live performances of all disciplines

Trades unions, professional bodies and associations

British Arts Festivals Assocation BAFA is a membership organisation covering a wide span of arts festivals in the UK. These include some of the large international cultural events such as the Edinburgh International Festival and Brighton Festival through to small dynamic festivals such as the Winchester Hat Fair and the Corsham Festival in Wiltshire.

The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine  (BAPAM)

BAPAM is a unique charity providing highly specialist health advice and support to student, full and part time professional performing artists who have performance-related health problems.
BECTU Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union
Equity British Actor's Equity Union
Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association For artists, performers and audiences in Dumfries and Galloway
Federation of Scottish Theatre Umbrella body for Scottish Theatre
HI~Arts Arts promotion and development in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Independent Theatre Council Provides a wide range of management and legal advice to performing arts organisations, venues and individuals
Scottish Society of Playwrights Represents the interests of playwrights in Scotland and Scottish playwrights abroad
TMA Theatrical Management Association - professional support network for the performing arts community in the UK
Writers Guild of Great Britain Represents writers in TV, film, radio, theatre, animation and books


Edinburgh Festival Fringe Annual month-long festival around August committed to open-access for all performers
Edinburgh International Festival Annual month-long festival around August - featuring opera, theatre, music and dance
Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Annual festival based in Edinburgh around May/June - featuring international theatre for children and young people

Scottish theatre, networking and touring

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Association Rural Touring Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association Rural Touring is a new and exciting project to help bring more live music, drama, comedy, dance and literature and everything entertaining to the region of Dumfries and Galloway.
Federation of Scottish Theatre Umbrella body for Scottish Theatre
Scottish Arts Council Drama and Dance Touring Website Contact details and information for promoters, venues and touring companies
Mark Fisher's Scottish Theatre Links Resource providing addresses and web contacts for actors, agents, companies, festivals, playwrights and theatre-related organisations in Scotland

North East Arts Touring (NEAT) brings professional touring performances to the North East of Scotland.  NEAT also helps local arts promoters to bring shows to their venues with grants, advice and assistance


Performing Arts Network (PAN) is an independent membership-led organisation, supporting all those who promote touring arts events in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Promote YT

National agency providing an advocacy, networking and development role for Youth Theatres in Scotland and hosts of the annual National Festival of Youth Theatre.

Scottish Theatre

Resource on Scottish theatre including - production listings, reviews and articles, community groups and youth theatres


Voluntary Arts Network (VAN) is a development agency that provides information and training to those who participate in the voluntary arts sector

Puppetry organisations

Puppet Animation Scotland

Advocating the development and celebration of puppetry and animation in Scotland.  Organisers of the Puppet Animation Festival.

Puppeteers UK

An umbrella body for the puppetry sector in the UK.  Includes a puppeteers directory.

The Puppet Lab

A hub for Scottish puppeteers, performers, artists and sculptors

Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre

International centre specialising in mask, mime, puppetry and physical theatre

Race day, benchtours' Mayhem; Photo: Marc Marnie
SYT's 'Haroun and the Sea of Stories'; Photo: Anthony Brannan
Perth Theatre's 'Kidnapped'; Photo: Graeme Hart
Assembly Send Image; Photo: Esther Cohen
The Arches' 'Tam O'Shanter'; Photo: Niall Walker
Scene from Jack and the Beanstalk; Photo: Kevin Low
Tag Theatre's Holocaust Memorial Project; Photo: Tim Morozzo
Strenga Nona with Magic spaghetti pot; Photo: Kevin Low
The Arches' 'Primitive Streak'; Photo: Justine
Filming Three Thousand Troubled Threads; Photo: John Nichol
Citizens Theatre's 'The Queen of Spades'; Photo: Richard Campbell
The Arches' 'Tone Clusters'; Photo: Niall Walker
Perth Theatre's 'Romeo and Juliet'; Photo: Graeme Hart
Tag Theatre's 'The Birthday Party'; Photo: Kevin Low
Tag Theatre's 'Love Like Salt'; Photo: Tim Morozzo
Benchtours' 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle'; Photo: Marc Marnie
The Race, benchtours' Mayhem; Photo: Marc Marnie
The Arches' 'Primitive Streak'; Photo: Justine
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