New College Lanarkshire put in a ‘Shift’ for theatrical event


Last night marked the end of filming on the Shift project for New College Lanarkshire’s television students. 27 students from both HNC and HND have worked tirelessly over the last eight weeks on delivering promo material for the National Theatre of Scotland event which begins tonight at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge.

Shift takes place from Thursday 29 March until Sunday 1 April and is a dramatic, large scale, site specific, outdoor, theatrical event featuring original music and words from punters, poets, playwrights and pen-smiths from across North Lanarkshire.

With a cast of over a hundred, Shift tells the stories of the many ‘shifts’ put in by the workers who built our world and created our future. Told through, song, poetry and prose we meet the ordinary people and the extraordinary leaders who shaped and tested our society through hard graft.

A heart thumping soundtrack with striking sound, light, video and design, Shift takes you on a journey that will enlighten you and dare you to put in a shift, shift the debate, shift the possibilities, shift the perceptions, shift the attitudes and shift the focus we all have in life and work.

HNC and HND TV students have been filming the rehearsals and planning process, sound production students were also involved and the production stars some of our acting students too.

Film and TV lecturer, Alan Moffat, said:

"This is a superb example of multi-agency partnership working, where National Theatre of Scotland, North Lanarkshire Council and Creative Scotland have endeavoured to create what is perhaps the most ambitious theatre event ever to have been staged in North Lanarkshire.

The fact that they have chosen Summerlee as the venue to host this is quite poignant when you consider the importance of Lanarkshire and how it helped shape modern day Scotland.

Our Film & TV students have been documenting the journey through rehearsals as well as following the professional actors and community cast.

The TV students and the acting students who are performing have been an absolute credit to the College and it is something their respective departments are very proud of.

Key personnel within project, as well as members of the wider community with whom the students have dealt with, have been immensely impressed by the maturity, professionalism and above all, the work ethic the students have shown. 

The show itself promises to be a truly memorable experience and I would personally recommend anyone living in and around the North Lanarkshire area to go along and see it"


You can view all episodes of 'SHIFT Transmission' by our students and book your tickets for the event at:

Please note that this is an outdoor event running in the evening, so it is recommended that you dress accordingly.

You can read more about our students' involvement in the project on the Film & Television blog.

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