commonwealth celebrations

Tin Forest
There was once a wide, windswept place,
near nowhere and close to forgotten…

The National Theatre of Scotland’s The Tin Forest is inspired by the bestselling book of the same name by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson and is one of their most ambitious projects to date. DM Audio is delighted to be supplying the PA system for the opening event, which is being held tonight (Tuesday 22nd July) at the South Rotunda Courtyard in Glasgow with a six-piece house band joined by guest singers, musicians and speakers performing songs old and new which have been stirred by The Tin Forest, along with poetry pertaining to the city and it’s people, and the great speeches of Glasgow and the Clydeside.
The Tin Forest, part of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games celebrations, has invited the people of Glasgow to retell the city’s story of past and present day and also to reinvent its future. Over the next 2 weeks over 200 theatre makers from across Glasgow, Scotland and the Commonwealth will gather at Glasgow’s South Rotunda where 90 young people, who have travelled to Glasgow from across the Commonwealth to form The Tin Forest International Performing Company, will bring The Tin Forest to life and where together with 10 brand new international youth theatre productions their performances will be presented to an international audience throughout this Commonwealth Games period.
DM Audio was also very pleased to supply backline for Culture Club at the BBC’s Live at Edinburgh Castle concert held ahead of the opening of the Commonwealth Games this Wednesday to get the party started.  Presented by the One Show’s Alex Jones there was a mix of music and comedy with a wide range of musical stars to suit the whole family with Jessie J and Paloma Faith for younger viewers and Il Divo, Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe for the older viewers there was also a star turn from the legendary Smokey Robinson.  The comedy was delivered by the wonderful Bill Bailey with some help from Ronnie Corbett and Fred MacAulay.  The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and a house band led by Mike Stevens accompanied some of the acts.
The stand outs for me were of course Culture Club who were playing together for the first time in 15 years. It was obvious how much they enjoyed performing together again and put in an accomplished and very enjoyable performance with Boy George ever the personable frontman.  They are out on tour in December and kick it off on playing at the SECC Hydro on the 1st.  The other stand out was the amazing voice of South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza singing  traditional African song Thula Baba and Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro – she was quite breath-taking.