Urban Union backs creative arts in Laurieston

Laurieston development in Glasgow (1)The developer leading the regeneration of Glasgow’s Laurieston area is lending its backing to the Citizens Theatre and helping bring Trainspotting back to the stage.

Urban Union’s Laurieston Living development is located a stone’s throw from the much loved theatre and they have signed up to be the main sponsor of the upcoming production of Trainspotting, which aims to honour Irvine Welsh’s original book as well as Danny Boyle’s iconic film.

This partnership with the Citizens Theatre will help Urban Union open up opportunities for the young population within the Gorbals, allowing them to get up close and personal with some of the stars of the show through workshops and theatre tours.

Neil McKay
Neil McKay

Neil McKay, managing director at Urban Union, said: “Urban Union is committed to supporting the local community and the Citz is such an important part of the fabric of the Gorbals.

“Our arts strategy, developed in partnership with WAVEparticle and New Gorbals Housing Association, has achieved great things but we are always looking for new ways to help.

“Trainspotting remains as relevant today as it was when it was first created and while it’s undoubtedly incredibly entertaining, it has a lot of important messages for younger people.”

As one of Glasgow’s eight Transformation Regeneration Areas (TRAs), great importance is placed on embedding Laurieston into the community, linking together aspects of the neighbourhood like the Gorbals and the Citizen’s Theatre and connecting Laurieston to other parts of the city.

Hazel McIlwraith, head of development at Citizen’s Theatre, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Urban Union. Like Urban Union, we are a champion for our local area, and are committed to bringing people from our community together and sharing the best of the Gorbals with the wider world.

“We’re looking forward to working in partnership with Urban Union over the next three years to create opportunities for people in the Gorbals and beyond to enjoy ground-breaking theatre.”

In the first phase at the development, a total of 240 affordable homes were delivered for New Gorbals Housing Association. Laurieston Living is a £100 million revitalisation of the Gorbals area, with plans to deliver four phases over a nine-year period. The second phase has just commenced on site.

Trainspotting begins a four-week run at the Citizens Theatre on October 18, with tickets available from www.citz.co.uk.

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