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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
    8:00 pm On Sale
  • Fri 30 Mar 2018
    8:00 pm On Sale
  • Sat 31 Mar 2018
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  • Sun 01 Apr 2018
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The National Theatre of Scotland has been working with Culture NL and North Lanarkshire Council on Shift, an exciting large scale participatory arts project in North Lanarkshire. Over the course of six months, Shift has engaged with residents, local groups, families, colleges and organisations to tell their work stories. These will now be told in the final Shift performances.

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.

Shift is a visceral immersion into a world of work where our senses are stirred with the sights, sounds and smells of bygone eras, bright new futures and urgent new ideas hatching around us.

Told through, song, poetry and prose we meet the ordinary people and the extraordinary leaders who shaped and tested our society through hard graft. Mothers, Farmers, Soldiers, Nurses , Politicians, Steel Workers, Teachers, Thinkers, Designers, Scientists, Shop assistants and Factory Workers gather in one space to celebrate their past and step boldly in to an unknown future. Where will it take us, are we ready for the leap, have we traced our past enough to break the jump in to the future?

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.

Start your shift now!

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

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.

As this is an outdoor event, please dress appropriately for the weather and footwear suitable for uneven surfaces. Toilets will be available onsite. Limited parking is available on site.

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Share your work story

We’re looking to engage with different groups and individuals across North Lanarkshire to talk to them about their best jobs, their worst jobs, hilarious stories and moments of triumph.

These stories will shape the final SHIFT production taking place in March 2018. This final event will be a big, bold, visceral, life-changing participatory event for everyone to enjoy.

We’re looking for a diverse range of groups and individuals to take part in the project.

You don’t need any theatre experience at all.

You can take part in one or many workshops, you could be part of the final show, the amount you’re involved is up to you.

We’d love to hear from groups and individuals who would be interested in taking part in this exciting project.

Please contact Project Manager Leonie on or 07906 515 838 and we’ll arrange a time to meet and chat about it!

You can also share your story on the Shift Facebook page at


SHIFT image by Megan McEachern

SHIFT Community Cast Opportunity

We are looking for a community cast to perform and tell the work stories of the people of North Lanarkshire in our final SHIFT events in March 2018.

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Shift photography

We are looking for photos on the theme of “work” to feature in the Shift Photography exhibition. If you live or work in North Lanarkshire – we’d like to hear from you.

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Our Partners

with thanks to our sponsors