Glasgow & West Scotland

Historic Glasgow South Rotunda to host arts events

Tin Forest performers
Image caption The event will showcase an innovative puppet show called Tin Forest

An unused historic structure which was part of Glasgow's original Clyde tunnel is to see new life as an arts venue.

The South Rotunda, linked to its north bank twin at Finnieston, formed the Harbour Tunnel, which opened in 1895.

After the tunnel closed in 1980, the North Rotunda saw use as a casino and a restaurant. Its south twin has remained unused apart from a brief spell during the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival.

Next year, it will host a "pop-up" arts festival along with the NTS.

Image caption The Scottish Youth Theatre will perform next year in the South Rotunda

The Tin Forest puppet show, which will take place in July 2014, is being staged by performers from the Scottish Youth Theatre under a wider programme run by the National Theatre for Scotland.

It has been billed as the finalé of an eight-month project across Glasgow and the Commonwealth, and part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

All performances at the South Rotunda will run during the Commonwealth Games.

The festival will explore the city's industrial heritage and 21st century future and feature "a rich programme of performance and visual art".

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