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Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Heritage Way, Coatbridge, ML5 1QD

29/03/2018 - 01/04/2018


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  • Thu 29 Mar 2018
    7:45 pm On Sale
  • Fri 30 Mar 2018
    7:45 pm On Sale
  • Sat 31 Mar 2018
    7:45 pm On Sale
  • Sun 01 Apr 2018
    7:45 pm On Sale

Performed in the incredible setting of Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Shift is a dramatic, large scale, site specific, outdoor, theatrical event featuring original music and words from punters, poets, playwrights and pen-smiths from across North Lanarkshire.

With a cast of over a hundred Shift tells the stories of the many ‘shifts’ put in by the workers who built our world and created our future. Told through, song, poetry and prose we meet the ordinary people and the extraordinary leaders who shaped and tested our society through hard graft.

A heart thumping soundtrack with striking sound, light, video and design, Shift takes you on a journey that will enlighten you and dare you to put in a shift, shift the debate, shift the possibilities, shift the perceptions, shift the attitudes and shift the focus we all have in life and work.

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Presented by National Theatre of Scotland, Culture NL and North Lanarkshire Council.

Supported by the National Lottery through Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland and William Grant Foundation.

Getting to Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life

By car
Summerlee is a 20 min drive along the M8 from Glasgow City Centre

By train
You can get a train from Glasgow Central to Coatbridge Central in 28 mins

A map showing Summerlee Museum location in Coatbridge

Access information – The performance is very visual and will have text creatively captioned as part of the video content, this will enable deaf and hard of hearing audiences to follow the story. If you have any additional or access needs do please get in touch at and we will do our best to make sure your experience is enjoyable. The venue is fully accessible.

Due to the nature of this production, and for the best experience possible, we are requesting that no umbrellas are used by the audience during the performance. As it is an outdoor performance in Scotland we will be handing out waterproof ponchos, but would also recommend that you wear a warm waterproof jacket with a hood. Please also wear footwear suitable for uneven surfaces. 

Toilets will be available onsite. Limited parking is available on site.

SHIFT Audio Stories

In late 2017, artists from the National Theatre of Scotland worked across North Lanarkshire to hear stories about work from the local community collecting stories which paint an eclectic portrait of a community hard at work but having fun along the way.

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SHIFT Transmission

Working with students from New College Lanarkshire, SHIFT Transmission is youth-created; youth-focused content capturing key moments, activities and rehearsals, taking you behind the scenes of SHIFT before the performances at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life begin on 29 March.

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SHIFT image by Megan McEachern