You are invited to design Glasgow’s future at an evening of discussion, debate and song inside the iconic South Rotunda on Thursday 31 July 2014, from 7.30pm – 10.30pm
The final event to be unveiled as part of the celebrated Tin Forest Festival at the South Rotunda on Glasgow’s Clydeside, Dear Glasgow is a one-off gathering on Thursday 31 July, inviting audience members to discuss issues, propose ideas and hatch plans for the city’s future. Inspired by The Tin Forest story of the old man who reimagines and rebuilds the world around him, Dear Glasgow offers participants the opportunity to explore ways of doing the same.
Tickets cost £3 and are available from www.thetinforest.com, by phone on 0141 552 4267 and in person at the South Rotunda box office.
Hosted by The Tin Forest Festival director Graham McLaren and acclaimed political theatre-maker Kieran Hurley, the audience will be split into groups and asked to suggest issues and discussion points around Glasgow’s future. A team of roving digital scribes will record these in real time, pinging them onto a huge video wall and simultaneously sharing via thetinforest.com live feed and the twitter hashtag #DearGlasgow. Following a quick vote, six key issues will be shortlisted and the remainder of the evening spent devising a plan of action for each area.
The event will be fast-paced, fun and, although serious issues will be discussed, Graham hopes the tone will be “not too po-faced.” A bar will be set up in the room, a live house band will welcome participants to the building. Kieran evokes celebrated playwright John McGrath, “we want folk to have a good night out.” Across the course of the evening, write a new song in response to some of the issues thrown up in discussion, for the audience to sing as the event’s finale.