Commonwealth role for South Rotunda

05 Dec 2013

The South Rotunda is to become a venue during next summer's Commonwealth Games. The unused historic structure which was part of Glasgow's original Clyde tunnel is to see new life as an arts venue.

One of Glasgow's landmarks will host a seven-day theatrical festival next year by the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS). The South Rotunda, the circular building on the banks of the Clyde, will be used as a pop up venue as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games cultural programme.

Built by Glasgow Tunnel Company, the building is currently lying derelict. It will be home to a puppet and visual art show, inspired by Helen Ward's book The Tin Forest.

The South Rotunda, linked to its north bank twin at Finnieston, formed the Harbour Tunnel, which opened in 1895.

After the tunnel closed in 1980, the North Rotunda saw use as a casino and a restaurant. Its south twin has remained unused apart from a brief spell during the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival.

Next year, it will host the "pop-up" arts festival along with the NTS.

Source: BBC news