Joyce McMillan: Scottish theatre's remarkable journey

With the resignation of Laurie Sansom as director of the National Theatre of Scotland, the nation’s dramatic future is again the subject of fierce debate.

One person who’ll be at the heart of that discussion is theatre critic Joyce McMillan, who’s charted Scotland’s cultural renaissance through its theatre over the past 30 years. Here she explores some of the defining moments, as recorded in her collected reviews, Theatre in Scotland – A Field of Dreams.

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Theatre in Scotland - A Field of Dreams

Joyce McMillan

Date:  Tuesday 16th August 2016 3.30pm
Location:  Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh

'Rattigan Returns' study day

Terence Rattigan's work has seen a recent resurgence in theatres across the UK. Playwright, teacher and academic Dan Rebellato, editor of the NHB Rattigan Collection, will lead this day-long event which explores the renewed interest in Rattigan's work.

Rattigan was one of the most successful playwrights of the 20th century, with many of his plays receiving long West End and Broadway runs, numerous revivals, and transfers to screen. Until recently, he tended to be dismissed as a lightweight, class-bound, conservative and even emotionally dishonest writer of mere 'well-made plays'. This event is an opportunity to look again at his plays and his reputation, revealing the extraordinary precision and subtlety of his craft, and the bold, emotionally rich, socially questioning aspects of his work.

The day will look at The Deep Blue Sea, which is currently in repertoire at the National Theatre, and consider works like After the Dance, The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, and Separate Tables, as well as other, lesser-known plays.

Thursday 15 September 2016, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Running Time: 6hrs approx

Tickets: £45/34 from the National Theatre Box Office

The Deep Blue Sea (2016 edition), The Deep Blue Sea, The Deep Blue Sea (film tie-in edition)

Date:  Thursday 15th September 2016
Location:  Clore Learning Centre, National Theatre

David Edgar & Ella Hickson on Shakespeare

David Edgar talks to Ella Hickson (Wendy & Peter Pan, Precious Little Talent, Eight, Boys, Oil) about her favourite scenes from Shakespeare and where she finds inspiration in his work.

David Edgar's plays include Destiny, Nicholas Nickleby, Pentecost and Written on the Heart. He is the author of How Plays Work.

12 November 2016
Studio Theatre@The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon

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How Plays Work, Wendy & Peter Pan

David Edgar, Ella Hickson

Date:  Saturday 12th November 2016 11.30am
Location:  Studio Theatre @ The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon