The Workers Theatre is commissioning five pieces of writing that ask what is next for Scottish Theatre. We want your provocations, experiences and responses, in any form, to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. We want to hear about what Scottish Theatre is to you and why there can be no going back to normal, and we want to pay you for your thoughts. The pandemic has caused a break in our profession. How should it be mended? How should we deal with what was already broken? In a post-viral, late-capitalist Scotland, what is theatre for?
Please send a short email to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining briefly what you want to write. Chosen pieces will be paid £100. We want to hear from marginalised workers and will be specifically prioritising Black workers.
The Workers Theatre is a new project to create a co-operatively owned and managed theatre in Scotland. We’re launching with residencies, collaborations and pop-up events, working towards opening a new venue. Our work will be guided by our Manifesto for a Workers Theatre, and will always be run on democratic co-operative principles. For now, you can find out more about who we are and what we’re doing, hear how you can contribute, and help us dream up a better theatre.
We launched in February 2017 with a hugely successful crowdfunded residency project: MEGAPHONE, supporting artists of colour in Scotland. That summer we held a storming launch weekender at the Glad Café, Glasgow, which shared the residency work in a wider programme of accessible and exciting art. In February 2020, we followed up with week-long festival, Something Has To Happen. We will continue to produce accessible and radical arts events as we work towards a new venue.