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Leading Scottish theatre figure David MacLennan dies

David MacLennan
David MacLennan had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease

Scottish writer, actor and producer David MacLennan has died aged 65.

A driving force in Scottish theatre, MacLennan co-founded the ground-breaking 7:84 and Wildcat companies.

He was also behind the hugely successful "A Play, A Pie and A Pint" event at Glasgow's Oran Mor that has since been copied around the world.

MacLennan revealed earlier this year he had been diagnosed with terminal motor neurone disease - a degenerative condition affecting the nervous system.

Figures from the Scottish arts scene have taken to Twitter to state their sadness over MacLennan's death.

Theatre 'giant'

Graham McLaren, associate director for National Theatre of Scotland, said: "A dark day for Scottish Theatre. RIP David MacLennan."

Scottish writer and actor Forbes Masson said: "RIP David MacLennan. My school took me to Dummies by Wildcat in 1979. Opened my eyes to politics and was one of the reasons I became an actor."

Actor Elaine Stirrat said: "RIP David MacLennan. A sad day for his family, friends and Scottish Theatre."

The List noted that "a giant of Scottish theatre has sadly passed away".

McLennan's death was announced on the day that BBC 2 Scotland is to broadcast "A Play, A Pie And A Pint: Scotland's Theatre Revolution" - a documentary looking at the work that inspired him.

A Play, a Pie and a Pint is broadcast on BBC 2 Scotland at 22:00.

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