National Theatre of Scotland Launches Search for Piper

The National Theatre of Scotland is launching a nationwide search to find a piper for the critically acclaimed production of Black Watch. Open auditions are being held in Glasgow on Friday 16th July 2010 at the The National Piping Centre from 12.30pm – 7.30pm.

This is a unique opportunity for a Scottish bagpiper to join the cast of Black Watch and tour the UK and the USA.

The successful candidate will be a Scottish male, aged between 18-30, physically fit, able to play the bagpipes to a high standard and be available from 23rd August 2010 through to the middle of next year.

Candidates are asked to bring their bagpipes to the audition and be prepared to play The Black Bear. If successful they will progress to the next round and be asked to read a small section of script and sing a traditional folk song. The casting is being held by Anne Henderson, the Casting Director for the National Theatre of Scotland. All other roles have now been cast and this is an opportunity to play the part of Macca.

Black Watch is based on interviews conducted by Gregory Burke with former soldiers who served in Iraq.  Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, Black Watch reveals what it means to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror and what it means to make the journey home again.  John Tiffany’s production makes powerful and inventive use of movement, music and song to create a visceral, complex and urgent piece of theatre. 

The production has now played to over 113,000 people across three continents and has garnered 22 awards. Most recently the production won four Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Director, Best Theatre Choreography, Best Play and Best Sound Design and the company won its first US award with the New York Drama Circle naming Black Watch Best Foreign Play.

The open auditions will take place on Friday 16th July at

The National Piping Centre

30-34 McPhater Street

Glasgow G4 0HW

0141 353 0220

Potential candidates are asked to visit before attending for more information about the job.

If unable to attend the casting day, candidates can email a CV and photograph to, with Role of Macca in the subject line.


 For Further Information contact

Andrew Neilson – Press Officer – 0141 227 9497 –

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Notes to Editors

The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.

Since its launch in February 2006, the National Theatre of Scotland has been involved in creating 124 productions in 115 different locations. With no building of its own, the Company takes theatre all over Scotland and beyond, working with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. It takes place in the great buildings of Scotland, but also in site-specific locations, airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests.  The company has performed to over 482,000 people, across three continents. 

Contact: Andrew Neilson
Phone: 01412279497