Theatre Sector Review
L - R: I Hope My Heart Goes First - Junction 25, What on Earth - Scottish Dance Theatre (Photo: Andy Ross), One Thousand Paper Cranes - Lu Kemp / Catherine Wheels.
Over the last year we've been reviewing a number of areas of our work in line with the ambitions of our Corporate Plan, Investing in Scotland’s Creative Future. Part of this has been to look at the ecology of different art-forms to better understand their strengths and opportunities as well as the challenges and gaps. We have started with Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts and Crafts, and Music and have consulted widely to gather information and opinion. The work has been guided by an external steering group made up of individuals who have excellent knowledge of the relevant practice, and ecology and each group was chaired by a member of our Board.
The Review of the Theatre Sector in Scotland is the first to be completed with the others to follow in August. As they are completed we want to share them with you for further reflection and opportunities for feedback will be indicated as each review is published.
Executive Summary (.pdf)
Review of Theatre for Creative Scotland (.pdf)
MNI Theatre Review Mapping Report (.pdf)
Changes in Repertoire in Scottish Theatre (.pdf)
Digest of Statistics (.pdf)
If you’d like to send us any reflections on the Theatre Review then you can do so by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments on the Review:
Jon Morgan - Federation of Scottish Theatre
“The Federation of Scottish Theatre welcomes the publication of the Creative Scotland Theatre Sector Review. It is a thorough and balanced analysis of the many great strengths of Scottish theatre, which is clearly punching above its weight on many fronts. The review rightly also identifies a number of key issues and areas for development which need to be addressed. It is an excellent platform for the sector and Creative Scotland to work together on building a thorough and far-reaching strategy for the future health of Scotland’s vibrant theatre sector.”
Venu Dhupa - Creative Scotland
“This review gives us a very good picture of the theatre ecology in Scotland and I’d like to thank everyone that contributed. It provides an excellent basis, firstly for reflection and then to pro-actively work with the theatre community and others to plan for an even stronger future.”
Lorne Boswell - Scottish Secretary for Equity in Scotland
“Equity in Scotland welcome this comprehensive and thought provoking report. This report identifies many of the existing strengths of theatre in Scotland. At the same time it offers timely reminders about issues that are so important to Equity members such as the ability to earn a living wage, the balance of investment on the stage itself, and the important Equalities agenda.”
Professor Maggie Kinloch - Chair, Scottish Drama Training Network
“The Scottish Drama Training Network congratulates Creative Scotland on the analytical strength of its Theatre Sector Review. It identifies many details which will inform the drama training providers in Scotland’s college and Higher Education sectors. The training sector works dynamically with employers and this excellent report can also enhance our ability to do so.”
Ian Brown, Chair of the Scottish Society of Playwrights
"The Creative Scotland Theatre Sector Review is an important contribution to the way forward for theatre. Playwrights have always reflected the concerns of the communities of Scotland in an international perspective. It is good news that the Report recognises their central role in the health of Scottish theatre, alongside other creators of new work. Playwrights are a prime means by which Scottish theatre's reputation is taken worldwide, not least through translation, and the Report offers many sound ideas to enhance that reputation. It offers an exciting range of realistic ways to sustain and strengthen Scottish theatre."
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