Tin Forest Festival – National Theatre of Scotland
21st July – 3rd August 2014
At the end of November we were accepted as one of ten young theatre companies from around the commonwealth to take part in the National Theatre of Scotland’s Tin Forest festival – part of Festival 2014, the Commonwealth Games-time strand of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.
Alongside companies from Jamaica, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Malta, India and Scotland we will be devising a piece of theatre inspired by the concept of ‘near nowhere… to somewhere’ – performing it at home in Bristol before presenting it to audiences in Glasgow at the South Rotunda from Thursday 24th to Monday 28th July.
The iconic building will also be home to an immersive puppet experience and visual art installation, inspired by Helen Ward’s bestselling book The Tin Forest, and created by National Theatre of Scotland Associate Director Graham McLaren (In Time o’ Strife, A Doll’s House), in collaboration once more with celebrated puppet-designer Gavin Glover.
During the festival we will also be taking part in a residential theatre course, engaging in a cultural exchange by running our own workshop for other participants and working closely with established, professional theatre-makers.
Check out this link for a glimpse of the South Rotunda in the early stages of takeover:
“The tale of The Tin Forest, in Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson’s beautiful book, tells an important story about regeneration and cultural awakening. We are inviting people across Glasgow and the Commonwealth to creatively respond to this narrative by re-imagining their own communities’ futures. Meanwhile the National Theatre of Scotland is transforming the currently derelict but iconic South Rotunda on Glasgow’s Clydeside into a high tech temporary performance space in which to house a rich programme of cultural activity, including performances from these communities and world class performance during the Commonwealth Games, as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.”
Laurie Sansom, Artistic Director NTS