National Ensemble 2020 Auditions

This autumn, Scottish Youth Theatre will tour the nation auditioning young theatre makers aged 18 - 25 to form the 2020 National Ensemble.


Calling all actors, performers, writers, directors, dancers, choreographers, musicians, film-makers and anything in between! This year's artistic investigation is climate change.


Once recruited, the company will be paired with a professional Director / Mentor and meet in different locations across the country to debate, create and co-design a brand-new fully supported production which is toured in the summer of 2020.


This commitment begins in December 2019 until August 2020 and you have to be available for up to four sessions a month.

Applications are now closed.

Auditions will take place throughout Scotland at the following venues:

              Audition Venue

        Audition Date

  Audition Time


The Lemon Tree

Monday 7 October 5:00pm - 8:00pm


Theatre Royal Dumfries

Friday 11 October 5:30pm - 8:30pm


Eden Court Theatre

Monday 21 October 1:00pm - 4:00pm


Dundee Rep Theatre

Thursday 24 October 6:00pm - 9:00pm


Scottish Youth Theatre venue

Sunday 27 October 9:00am - 6:00pm


The Gaiety

Monday 28 October 6:00pm - 9:00pm


Perth Theatre

Wednesday 6 November 5:30pm -8:30pm


Scottish Youth Theatre venue

Friday 8 November 9:00am - 6:00pm


Traverse Theatre

Saturday 16 November 1:00pm - 4:00pm



The successful applicants will benefit from the following:

  • A 9 month professional development placement with Scottish Youth Theatre
  • Monthly development sessions taking place in venues across Scotland with professional theatre makers
  • Co-create and perform a brand new piece of theatre, touring Scotland in Summer 2020
  • Collaborate with fellow early career artists
  • A fully supported accessible experience including travel, accommodation and additional costs
  • Grow your creative networks, collaborate with high calibre and diverse industry practitioners and build pathways into the profession

National Ensemble aims to represent the under and misrepresented of Scotland's young talent and welcomes applications from anyone 18-25 who has something to say about the world.


There is no fee to audition or participate and financial support is available for additional costs incurred.



Auditions and membership of the Ensemble is free and entry is based purely on ability

Scottish Youth Theatre National Ensemble is a year’s commitment and is open to anyone aged 18 - 25 who lives, works, studies or has family in Scotland. 

We are looking for theatre-makers who are interested in all aspects of devising and performing a piece of theatre including writing, directing and acting. If you have experience of additional artistic practice we encourage you to apply e.g. music, visual art or movement.

You must be able to attend every monthly Development Weekend and Monday - Saturday throughout July 2020 when you will work intensively to devise a show which you will tour at the end of the month.

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