The MP meets the theater team during a visit to the ‘amazing’ Lanternhouse performing arts venue in Lanarkshire

The recently opened Lanternhouse in North Lanarkshire welcomed MP Stuart McDonald through its doors for a tour of the performing arts venue.

The politician who represents the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East constituency in Westminster met the Cumbernauld Theater Trust team and was accompanied on a tour of the new building and its state-of-the-art facilities by Sarah Price, CEO of Cumbernauld Trust, Trust board member Alex Linkston and other members of the theater team.

Located on the campus of Cumbernauld Academy, Lanternhouse is home to two performance venues – a 300-seat auditorium and a theater and dance studio.



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It opened to the public in October this year with a fall season of theatre, dance, music, comedy and an inclusive program of creative learning activities.

Cumbernauld Theater Trust has already been responsible for producing three new shows at the site; Romeo and Juliet, Robin Hood and the co-production of Hibernate.

The theatre’s program also includes a number of socially engaged arts projects, some already underway and many planned to increase access to a variety of artistic pursuits, including photography, contemporary dance and creative writing, directed by professional artists.

MP Stuart McDonald said: ‘I was delighted to visit the Cumbernauld Theater and visit the fantastic new Lanternhouse venue. As well as an exciting schedule of shows already in place, they have big plans to bring the local community into the venue. I’m sure it will be a cultural beacon for the city for many years to come.

Sarah Price, Chief Executive of Cumbernauld Theater Trust, said: “The launch of Lanternhouse this season has been a fantastic success and, despite the setbacks of Covid-19, our community has been generous in their support, eager to get involved, willing to participate in our program and lead activities.

“Lanternhouse already feels like the cultural home of the community, and we are very grateful for the support we have had in bringing this facility to our audience.

“In three months, we produced three new theater performances. These new works, which have been created specifically for our community, have been featured alongside new music, traditional folk, visiting theatre, singer-songwriters and comedy nights featuring artists from across Scotland. , supporting the cultural economy and bringing fun and entertainment back into our lives. .

“We have supported contemporary visual artists such as Nicole Stead, Jim Colquhoun and Murray Wason working in residence to carry out a number of socially engaged projects with groups in the community, building creative confidence and enabling thoughtful and creative self-expression. .

“We have designed and delivered a range of participatory acting and performance making classes for young people and adults, sensory play for young children and we are continually creating opportunities for everyone to participate.

“As we look to 2022, we look forward to engaging and working alongside the community to deliver a vibrant, inclusive and relevant cultural program for Cumbernauld and surrounding communities.”

For reservations and more information visit: www.lanternhousearts.org or call the box office on 01236 732887.

You can also download a brochure from the website.

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