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National Theatre of Scotland launches public fundraising campaign for new headquarters

Artist's impression of what will be the National Theatre of Scotland's new home, Rockvilla, from autumn 2016 Artist's impression of what will be the National Theatre of Scotland's new home, Rockvilla, from autumn 2016
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The National Theatre of Scotland has launched a fundraising campaign to raise the remaining £1.9 million towards its new permanent headquarters in Glasgow.

The £6.5 million two-floor building will be known as Rockvilla, a name which has been used in the area since 1860.

Construction work on converting an existing warehouse will begin this month and is scheduled to be completed in summer 2016.

The appeal is on top of £1 million raised from private backers since planning consent was granted in January, during which time the cost has risen by £600,000.

As part of the campaign, supporters will be able to buy translucent “beacons” that feature on a specially commissioned artwork, based on the map of Scotland, to be placed in the foyer.

NTS artistic director Laurie Sansom said: “For the first time ever, we have the opportunity to create a space where we can bring together our company, our collaborators and all of our communities. A place of imagination, learning and play, not just for the National Theatre of Scotland but for the entire nation.”

Over 3,000 people a year are expected to use Rockvilla’s rehearsal rooms, technical, production and workshop areas. As well as providing a base to create its own touring productions, the NTS will make space available to emerging artists and small independent theatre companies.

The company has secured £3.6 million in grants from the government and trusts. A Scottish Government loan funding facility will allow the NTS to complete the project before raising the full amount.

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