The National Theatre of Scotland presents…Submarine Time Machine

To celebrate the National Theatre of Scotland‘s move into Rockvilla, a new facility for Scottish theatre-making on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal, the Company are delighted to announce Submarine Time Machine. Audiences of all ages are invited to participate in a free weekend of performance, art and myth-making,  from a leading team of professional artists and actors working alongside local community groups. 

Submarine Time Machine is an, interactive, multimedia, theatre experience telling the stories of the canal as seen by mini submarine HMS XE9, whose final journey took it from the North Glasgow Canal Corridor to Rosyth in 1952. National Theatre of Scotland is working with local community groups, schools, residents and organisations to excavate the past and rediscover the myths of the canal, the secrets held by the submarine as well as the community’s hopes for the future.

These myths, old and new, will be brought to life by a cast of a hundred on the towpath of the Forth & Clyde Canal, between Speirs Locks and Firhill Basin. They will recreate the fantastical stories through sound installations, dance, sculpture, football, choirs, music, virtual reality, an immersive submarine experience and the telling of the tallest tales.

The audience will be invited to marvel at the strength of the boy who pulled the plug that drained the canal, swoon at the sight of the glorious white hart that appears whenever a stout heart is broken, be aghast and exhausted as they take wing with the most incredible Glesga Doo, relive the glory day of Partick Thistle Football Club’s defining defeat of the Lisbon Lions and roar 4-1 all over again.

Submarine Time Machine has been made possible thanks to the support of the ScottishPower Foundation. The project is one of 26 beneficiaries to receive a slice of a £1.8M donation in 2017.

National Theatre of Scotland Associate Director Simon Sharkey (Home Away, Granite, The Tin Forest) will lead the project. The National Theatre of Scotland has established an international reputation for its participatory theatre projects, with recent successes including the award-winning Granite in Aberdeen, To Begin… in Forres and Wigtown, and Jump in Fife, East Glasgow and Kingston, Jamaica. In October 2016 the Company hosted its first international participatory theatre festival and also participated in the multiple award-winning we’re here because we’re here, a UK-wide participatory arts event marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, conceived and created by Jeremy Deller in collaboration with 26 UK arts organisations.

Community groups, organisations and schools involved in the project include GAMTA, Junior Conservatoire, Possilpoint Men’s Group, Possilpoint Women’s Group, Lambhill Heritage Group, McKintosh Choir, Home Start NG, St Teresa’s Primary School, St Joseph’s Primary School and St Cuthbert’s Primary School.


23 June 7pm-9pm; 24 & 25 June 11am-1pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm

Schools performances 20-23 June 2017 10.30am-12.30pm (to be booked in advance)

Free event 

Additional information

Access is via all canal entry points between Speirs Locks and Firhill Basin. The Submarine is not wheelchair accessible but an alternative Submarine experience will be available. This is a promenade performance taking place on the canal towpath and involves walking – some of this is on uneven ground. This is an outdoor event so dress for the weather.

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Notes to Editors

  1. The National Theatre of Scotland is dedicated to playing the great stages, arts centres, village halls, schools and site-specific locations of Scotland, the UK and internationally. As well as creating ground-breaking productions and working with the most talented theatre-makers, the National Theatre of Scotland produces significant community engagement projects, innovates digitally and works constantly to develop new talent. Central to this is finding pioneering ways to reach current and new audiences and to encourage people’s full participation in the Company’s work. With no performance building of its own, the Company works with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. Founded in 2006, the Company, in its short life, has become a globally significant theatrical player, with an extensive repertoire of award-winning work. The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government.
  1. ScottishPower Foundation is a registered Scottish charity (SC043862) and a company limited by guarantee (SC445116). The Foundation’s aim is to make a significant and lasting contribution to society and enhance the quality of life in local communities. It provides funding to registered charities and non-profit organisations for the following purposes: the advancement of education; the advancement of environmental protection; the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science; the prevention or relief of poverty and the relief of those in need by reason of disability or other disadvantage; the advancement of citizenship and community development.

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