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Cumbernauld Theatre opened in 1960, after a group of dedicated... [Derived headline]

July 1, 2014

Cumbernauld Theatre opened in 1960, after a group of dedicated residents transformed a set of farm cottages into a 55-seat theatre.

The theatre thrived throughout the 1960s, and in 1972 an extension was built that featured the 250 seat theatre that is currently still in place.

In 1978, Cumbernauld Theatre Company was formed, with a stream of new community-based plays being produced under the artistic directorships of John Baraldi and the late Robert Robson, with Liz Carruthers and Simon Sharkey also taking up the post prior to Ed Robson's appointment.

There has been a strong focus on youth and community theatre throughout Cumbernauld Theatre's history, and under Sharkey's tenure major international collaborations with companies in Singapore, Portugal and Jordan were forged.

Since Robson arrived in Cumbernauld, companies who have developed work there include SweetScar and Tortoise in a Nutshell, who were the first recipients of the theatre's company in residence scheme.

The result of this collaboration was Tortoise in a Nutshell's production of Feral, which was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on tour.

The Stoirm Og company have just been appointed as Cumbernauld Theatre's second company in residence.

With North Lanarkshire Council approving the pound(s)4 million development of a new building to house Cumbernauld Theatre from 2017, the next three years will see the current site remain open as a producing theatre while raising additional funds to complete the move.

The opening of the new Cumbernauld Theatre will mark Robson's 10th year in post as artistic director.

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Source: Herald, The (Scotland)

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