The Tin Forest

About The Tin Forest

There was once a wide, windswept place,
near nowhere and close to forgotten…

As Glasgow welcomed the world in 2014, The Tin Forest invited the people of Glasgow to retell the city’s story and to reimagine its future.

Inspired by the bestselling book of the same name by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson, and part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, The Tin Forest was one of the National Theatre of Scotland’s most ambitious projects to date.

Between December 2013 and August 2014, it took root across the city and across the Commonwealth, and led us ultimately into the iconic South Rotunda on Glasgow’s Clydeside. This majestic building was transformed into a magical arts and performance space, where The Tin Forest story and ten brand new international youth theatre productions were presented to an international audience during the Commonwealth Games period.

Before then, we collected stories of Glasgow’s past, looked around the city as it is today, and challenged ourselves to reinvent the future. The Tin Forest recruited participants and collected stories, dreams and wishes in four post-industrial communities in Glasgow: Springburn, the East End, Govan and Southwest Glasgow. This culminated in large scale events in each area.


The National Theatre of Scotland. Since its launch in February 2006, the National Theatre of Scotland has been involved in creating over 200 productions in 190 different locations. With no building of its own, the Company takes theatre all over Scotland and beyond, working with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. It takes place in the great buildings of Scotland, but also in site-specific locations, airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests.  The Company has performed to over 1,000,000 people across four continents.


The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme  is a key part of the Games experience for spectators and visitors. Running until the end of August 2014, it will showcase the best of Scottish culture alongside creative work from across the Commonwealth and be a nationwide celebration of the Games, reaching its peak as Glasgow bursts into life at Games time.  There are two strands: a Scotlandwide programme called Culture 2014; and a Games-time celebration in Glasgow running alongside the sporting action called Festival 2014. The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.


Produced in association with…


Scottish Youth Theatre – giving young people in Scotland the opportunity to explore and to reach their creative potential through a quality theatre arts experience. Using the youth theatre/drama process to develop not only creativity and performance skills but also transferable skills in participants, Scottish Youth Theatre puts particular emphasis on each individual’s personal and social development.


With the support of…


The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is an international charitable foundation with cultural, educational, social and scientific interests. Based in Lisbon with offices in London and Paris, the Foundation is in a privileged position to support national and transnational work tackling contemporary issues. The purpose of the UK Branch is to bring about long-term improvements in well-being, particularly for the most vulnerable, by creating connections across boundaries (national borders, communities, disciplines and sectors) which deliver social, cultural and environmental value. We support innovative projects and partnerships within time-limited and purposeful strands of activity. For more information about the work of the Foundation in the UK visit Partnerships and Initiatives at


Homecoming Scotland 2014 Scotland will welcome the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014 – providing a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games.  The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run from 31 December 2013 to 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country. Visitors from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage. Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners.  To find out more visit


Arts & Business Scotland is a national charity dedicated to encouraging new and sustainable collaborations between the arts and business sectors. Arts & Business Scotland exists to nurture creative, social and commercial relationships which will enrich cultural engagement across Scotland. The New Arts Sponsorship Grants scheme acts as an incentive to businesses to sponsor the arts Scotland. Funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Arts & Business Scotland the scheme can match fund £1 for £1 arts projects which have successfully attracted business sponsorship for which the sponsor receives additional business benefits.

The National Theatre of Scotland is core funded by the Scottish Government.

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