Forest project captures the new Glasgow

Forest project captures the new Glasgow

FOR the past six months, the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) has been working with four different Glasgow communities as part of The Tin Forest, a project inspired by the best-selling children's book by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson.

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In it, an old man builds a forest from discarded junk.

Using this as an allegory for Glasgow's continuing regeneration from 20th century industrial decline to 21st century creative city, the NTS has brought together professional theatre makers and community casts, choirs and writers to create new site specific events in Springburn, the east end, south-west Glasgow and Govan.

Govan's Elder Park is where the whole Tin Forest project kicks off on Saturday, with a free family-friendly evening of live music, theatre, and acrobatics from 6pm to 8.15pm.

As well as local choirs and bands, performances by Bright Night International circus group, the Fairfield Tea Dancers and actor/singer Frances Thorburn will take place on and around a specially recreated, temporary Elder Park Bandstand.


Architect to be honoured

THE landscape architect behind Northumberlandia - the award-winning landform in the north of England - is being honoured by Stirling University.

Dr Charles Jencks is to receive the award of Doctor of the university in recognition of his outstanding contribution to modern Scottish architecture and sculpture and for his

co-founding of the Maggie's Centres for people with cancer.

Jencks, based in Dumfries, has won acclaim for his inspiring landforms - notably Cells of Life at Jupiter Artland near Edinburgh and the re-landscaping of the Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. In more recent years, he has created Northumberlandia - a landform sculpture of a reclining lady near the village of Cramlington near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.