Scottish Theatre Highlights: October 2023

Innovative opera, radical new theatre and a new musical about treason – here's our pick of the best theatre across Scotland this October

Article by Rho Chung | 29 Sep 2023
  • Moorcroft @ Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Scottish Opera's innovative production, Opera Highlights, will continue its tour of Scotland this month. The programme includes old favourites, as well as a world premiere by Toby Hession (until 28 Oct).

Solar Bear tour Wake Up, a triple bill of visual theatre for both D/deaf and hearing audiences, directed by Moira Anne McAuslan, Craig McCulloch and Petre Dobre (until 14 Oct). Stellar Quines' brand new show, Disciples, opens at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre. The piece is a collaboration by five D/deaf and disabled performers, who utilise music, movement, image, and poetry to break barriers (5-7 Oct).

In association with National Theatre of Scotland, Tron Theatre will tour their acclaimed production, Moorcroft, across Scotland this month (6 Oct-4 Nov). The production touches the heart of Scottishness, masculinity, and mental health.

Radical and experimental festival Take Me Somewhere (13-28 Oct) offers a thrilling menu of multidisciplinary work, from Louise Ahl's scent-related solo opera Skunk without K is Sun to Eve Stainton's live welding and movement experiment Impact Driver. 

Treason the Musical kicks off its highly-anticipated UK tour at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre. The show is a brand new depiction of the infamous gunpowder plot of 1605, told through original pop and folk music (25-28 Oct).

The world premiere of FLIP!, a new play by Racheal Ofori (30 Oct-4 Nov, Summerhall), will tour England and Scotland. This powerful satire explores friendship and social media fame.