National Theatre of Scotland: The Engine Room

National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) are bringing their exciting nationwide development model to the Stove throughout the month of June for a series of free events which aims to empower artists. ‘The Engine Room’ focuses on partnering with venues across the country to together build creative spaces where artists and makers from all art-forms and backgrounds can learn, play, and meet together.

The Engine Room is an amazing opportunity for our national theatre to meet with the incredible artists and creative people we have in our town and wider region. It’s also an opportunity to work across art-forms, with the support of the Stove and NTS to explore more experimental and collaborative work.

The Engine Room begins on 20th June with their Ideas and Career Surgeries, hosted in the Stove Café. This is an introductory meeting with the producer of the Engine Room, Anna Hodgart and Artistic Development Project Manager Lucy Deere. During these sessions, you will be able to hear more about how to engage with the company and gain advice and tips on the best way of progressing your performance practice and career or a specific idea. Each surgery will be one hour long, and booking is essential. The event will also run on the 28th, and will be running from 12-5pm on both days. Please visit to reserve your place.


Also on 20th, NTS Dramaturg Rosie Kellagher will be hosting ‘Masterclass: The Art of Rewriting’. This workshop is for any playwright who has struggled with what to do with a play after a first draft. Rosie will help with how to approach a re-write and how to decide what changes to make, what can stay and what has to go. Join Rosie from 6pm, no booking required.


On 21st, Cora Bissett, NTS Associate Director, will host ‘Masterclass: Working Across Art-forms’. This is a workshop for artists from across different art-forms with an interested in live performance and will explore techniques and possibilities when creating cross-art form work. The workshop will run from 6pm-9pm and there is no booking required.


On 27th, the Stove Network will host a public reading of a new play by Dumfriesshire-based Breakthrough Writer Gerry Griffin. ‘The Prisoner Governor’ takes place in Inveraray Jail in 1850. Samuel Turner, the Prison Governor, has just remarried following the death of his wife, and his new wife is to be the prison matron. Join Gerry on the evening of the 27th from 6pm to hear the full reading.


For more information on any events, please visit: www.nationaltheatre