The National Theatre of Scotland’s new permanent headquarters, Rockvilla, was officially launched on Monday 23 January. Ms Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Dame Seona Reid, Chair of the National Theatre of Scotland and Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council launched Rockvilla, situated in the Speirs Wharf regeneration area of Glasgow.
The National Theatre of Scotland has remodelled and extensively refurbished a former Cash and Carry building in the Speirs Wharf regeneration area of north-west Glasgow, to create Rockvilla. This new centre for creativity, production and talent development, designed by Hoskins Architects, provides the Company with approximately 3700 sq. metres (40,000sq.ft) of space over two levels.
The new National Theatre of Scotland facility enables the Company, for the first time, to house all its rehearsal and production activity under one roof. The canal-side building provides the Company and the Scottish theatre sector with a flexible, fit for purpose space with three rehearsal rooms of varying scales, creative development spaces, a learning and community suite, a working wardrobe facility, production workshop and technical store, office space, meeting room facilities and social areas. The Company will remain a “theatre without walls’’, committed to touring throughout Scotland and beyond.
Chair of the National Theatre of Scotland, Dame Seona Reid said,
“Rockvilla, the new headquarters for the National Theatre of Scotland, is not only a major resource for our national theatre, but also for the entire Scottish theatre sector. It will allow us to expand our offer to artists, practitioners, partners and communities and contribute significantly to a new and evolving cultural hub on the banks of the Forth and Clyde canal in north Glasgow. We are indebted to the vision and continued support of the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, and a host of trusts, foundations and individuals. Without their generosity, we would not have been able to make this project a reality. We are committed to making Rockvilla’s benefits to cultural life in Glasgow, and throughout Scotland, impactful and long lasting. The National Theatre of Scotland looks forward to this building delivering value locally, nationally and internationally and helping all Scotland’s theatre-makers to be stronger, braver and better in all in we do.”
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