Friday, 11 May 2012

The Third Eye Centre Presents...

Alongside the visual arts programme from the first days of the Third Eye Centre the centre developed and supported a significant schedule of live theatre performances, presenting  local and national theatre groups such as TraverseTheatre Group, The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Scottish Youth Theatre and MovingBeing .  The centre also regularly hosted performances by students from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), including this 1976 double bill of Brecht featuring a young Ruby Wax.

Image Credit: Third Eye Centre/CCA Archive
The archive material reveals that the Third Eye Centre was a site of experimentation for young theatrical talent, providing a stage for innovative theatre groups like Joint-Stock and its director Max-Stafford-Clark.  Crucial to the longevity of the lively theatre scene in Scotland, the centre also offered a forum for playwrights’ critical discursion through regular workshops and readings.  Supporting the theatre network as well as the live performance is a precedent maintained by the cultural tenants at the CCA, PlaywrightsStudio Scotland, Vanishing Point and Cryptic.

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