A CAMPAIGN has been launched to save a Glasgow theatre which gave stars including Dr Who's David Tennant their first break.
Strathclyde Theatre Group believes the Ramshorn Theatre is at risk following a £300million shake-up plan for Strathclyde University's city centre campus.
University chiefs could decide to sell the 1824 landmark in Ingram Street as part of a controversial 10-year plan to create a centre of technical excellence.
The plans for Campus Vision 2020 will now go out to consultation before being submitted to the university's ruling court later this year.But STG fears its future is at risk and has launched a Save The Ramshorn campaign on Facebook.
The experimental company has helped kick-start the careers of actors including David Tennant, Holby City and EastEnders actor Siobhan Redmond and Lost star Henry Ian Cusick.
It has also been home to directors David Mark Thomson and Leslie Finlay and gave writer Stephen Greenhorn - who created River City - vital early experience.
An STG spokesman said: "The Ramshorn is an integral part of many people's lives, both performing artists and audience members.
"Without it, Glasgow will have lost a great part of its soul."
A university spokeswoman insisted they were looking at every building and analysing their use in the consultation process.
She said: "There is no specific timescale for relinquishing the Ramshorn, and the university appreciates that full consultation would be essential in any such process.
"There has been no discussion surrounding Strathclyde Theatre Group or ending theatre activity." [Evening Times]
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Campaign to save The Ramshorn Theatre
Mi x, the Webmaster of The Henry Ian Cusick Group sent this tip for us. Many Scottish actors including Henry Ian Cusick and David Tennant got their start at the Ramshorn Theatre, but sadly it might be closed down and displace the Strathclyde Theatre Group:
You can join the campaign's Facebook page to help save the Ramshorn Theatre from closure. You can also check out the Ramshorn Theatre's webpage and the Strathclyde Theatre Group's webpage to learn more about the theatre's history.
Thanks so much to Mi x for sharing this information with us.