The Tin Forest
A celebration of Glasgow’s industrial past and creative future.
Taking place at the South Rotunda, across Glasgow and across the Commonwealth.
Part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.
Inspired by the book by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson
Led by Graham McLaren and Simon Sharkey
Produced in association with Scottish Youth Theatre and supported by Glasgow Life, Creative Scotland, Homecoming 2014 and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
There was once a wide, windswept place, near nowhere and close to forgotten,
that was filled with all the things that no one wanted…
As Glasgow prepares to welcome the world in 2014, The Tin Forest invites the people of Glasgow to retell the city’s story, to reimagine its future and to take part in the reinvention of the iconic South Rotunda into a remarkable performance space for theatre-makers and artists from all over the Commonwealth.
As part of Festival 2014, the Commonwealth Games-time Glasgow based strand of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, The Tin Forest at the South Rotunda will play host to an immersive puppet experience, a large scale visual art installation, live music and an international theatre festival featuring companies from Scotland, England, Jamaica, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Malta and India.
On the streets of Glasgow, a specially commissioned Tin Forest International Performing Company - an ensemble of 90 young theatre makers drawn from the 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth - will flood the city with site-responsive theatre. They will perform on the city’s streets, bridges and public transport, and in parks, and public places.
From December 2013, artists will work alongside the people of Glasgow, digging out memories, sifting and sorting stories, planting dreams of the future. Creative teams will take root in four ex-industrial communities across the city: Springburn, where at one stage a quarter of the world’s locomotives were built; Govan, once the centre of the world’s shipbuilding industry; the East End, famous for its production of high grade steel; and Southwest Glasgow, where huge factories once manufactured 100 Merlin Spitfire engines per day.