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Supporting all future talent » Join the National Theatre of Scotland as they prepare to open Rockvilla

In 10 short years, the National Theatre of Scotland has become a major player on the international theatrical stage, and has fast become not just one of Scotland’s largest cultural employers but a major cultural export. With ground-breaking productions such as Black Watch, Let the Right One In, and The James Plays trilogy, the Company has won widespread critical and popular acclaim wherever it performs. The Company is celebrating this milestone year

by opening the doors of Rockvilla – its first ever dedicated facility – which will transform a derelict cash and carry building in the Speirs Lock regeneration area of Glasgow. Rockvilla will at last see all the Company’s functions brought under one roof, streamlining operations and removing the expense of renting multiple spaces across the City. Designed by award-winning Glasgow-based Hoskins Architects,

Rockvilla will feature state-of-the-art rehearsal spaces workshops, storage and offices, including one of the largest rehearsal rooms in Scotland. Last October, the National Theatre of Scotland launched the Rockvilla – Join the Journey Campaign which aims to raise the remaining £1.6m to fill the funding gap and remove the need for loan financing. Some of Scotland’s leading artists, including

Greg Hemphill, Blythe Duff and Ian McDiarmid at the Rockvilla Launch Event. Photo courtesy of Eoin Carey

Alan Cumming, Blythe Duff, Greg Hemphill, Douglas Henshall and Ian McDiarmid, have lent their support to the appeal which invites individuals and companies to ‘Light a Beacon’ on a striking new art work, based on the map of Scotland in Rockvilla’s foyer. Glasgow Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Behind the Scenes event at Rockvilla on 8 June 2016, 8.00 am – 10.00 am. For further details and to book your place, visit the events section of Glasgow Chamber’s website:

Funding Bank of Scotland helps top Scottish school build for the future

St Columba’s School, one of the highest performing independent schools in Scotland for both junior and senior pupils, is undertaking a multi-million pound development to upgrade its campus, with funding support from Bank of Scotland. The project will see the

Inverclyde-based institution double the space of its senior school, installing 13 new

classrooms to cater for its English and languages faculties and a suite of rooms dedicated to pastoral and careers support. It will also hold a new library and a selection of landscaped gardens and courtyards for pupil recreation, school functions and outdoor teaching sessions. Bank of Scotland joined

the project after a tendering

process that saw its strong track record of supporting the independent schools sector set it apart from other potential partners. A development finance package was subsequently tailored to meet St Columba’s growth needs and to augment the funds it is deploying from the school’s own resources and its ongoing Capital Campaign.

Brian Bovell, Relationship Manager, Bank of Scotland and David Girdwood, Rector, St Columba’s School

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