A new programme for local theatre makers and producers based in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The Studio is Open!

We are here for early career artists and new graduates, independent artists and companies, self-producers, mavericks, dreamers, and year-round believers. We want to make The Studio into a home for those who are forging their own way in the industry.

If you want to understand the nuts and bolts of how things work, add new tools and techniques to your own creative practice, connect with new collaborators, or get an idea up on its feet, we have something for you.

From networking events to workshops with visiting companies, R&D residencies to scratch nights, Open@TheStudio is throwing open the doors of opportunity.

Below you can find the information about the full programme as well as links to book.

Come on in...

Open@The Studio is supported by Baillie Gifford.

Open Floor Scratch Night: Wed 1 November 2023

Are you working on an idea for a new piece of work that you’d like to test out in front of an audience?

We are looking for Scottish theatre makers to take part in our scratch night, Open Floor, on Wednesday 1 November at The Studio.

Open Floor is an opportunity to get something up on its feet in front of an audience and see what does and doesn’t work. This time we’re opening up the opportunity to theatremakers of all kinds and all genres so go ahead and throw your hat in the ring!

We’re keeping this quick and dirty so think a few lighting or sound cues, basic video projection, nothing too technical.

Here’s what we can offer:

A slot to perform 10-15 mins of material

A fee of £450 for your performance

Professional photographs of your performance

Feedback from the night

Here are the dates:

Closing date: Sun 1 October, midnight

Decisions shared: Weds 4 October

Performance date: Weds 1 November

Eligibility Criteria

· You must be based in Scotland

· You must have worked on at least one professional production or R&D process previously. This can include Fringe performances but not university productions or amateur dramatics.

· You must not be in receipt of RFO funding from Creative Scotland.

· You must be available to tech during the day and perform on the night of Weds 1 November

· You must be applying for a new project that has not already been commissioned, produced or coproduced, or staged by another organisation

Here is how to apply:

Please complete the online application form below by midnight on Sun 1 October 2023. You can complete this with written answers or video application.

If you would like to download a dyslexia-friendly version of the form you can do so here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch at

Open Conversations

These FREE sessions are all about the nuts and bolts of the industry. Get an insight into how things work followed by an informal networking session with other local theatre makers and producers.

Talking About Your Work

Wed 13 Sep, 6pm

"What kind of work do you make?" and "What are you working on now?. If you struggle to know how to talk about yourself and your work, join us for this relaxed session. From elevator pitches to potted biographies, we've got you covered.
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20 places available in advance/10 available on the door
This event is FREE but ticketed

Networking for Introverts

Wed 18 Oct, 6pm

Does the thought of networking bring you out in a cold sweat? It doesn't have to be awkward. Join us for this informal session and pick up some great tips on how to work a room before November's Big Theatre Meet-Up.
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20 places available in advance/10 available on the door
This event is FREE but ticketed

The Big Edinburgh Theatre Meet-Up

Wed 29 Nov, 6pm

Come along, make new connections and get talking! An opportunity for independent theatremakers from Edinburgh and the Lothians to meet new collaborators, programmers, producers, venue representatives and other useful folks in one big, cheerful get-together.
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70 places available
This event is FREE but ticketed


Capital Theatres is part of the Theatre Partnership funded by the City of Edinburgh Council, alongside our partners Traverse TheatreRoyal Lyceum Theatre EdinburghEPAD, and Lung Ha Theatre Company

Together we aim to positively and powerfully impact our city’s culture and collectively work to:

  • Connect Edinburgh-based artists and theatremakers to people and places, both establishing and growing network

  • Develop the talent of local theatremakers through skills sharing, collaboration, and the creation of work

  • Showcase the work of Edinburgh-based artists on our stages and platforms year-round