Arts for sport at Tron Theatre fest

There are those of who can’t wait for the sporting season this summer as the Commonwealth Games arrive in Glasgow — and there are others who could see it far enough.

If you’re less than enamoured with squash and 100 metre sprints, then perhaps the arts side of the upcoming event will interest you more.

Over at the Tron Theatre, the Glasgow 2014 celebrations take the form of the Home Nations Festival, focusing on the work of four legendary poets — Edwin Morgan, Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy and Dylan Thomas — and curated by Scots Makar, Liz Lochhead.

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The festival runs the duration of the Games, kicking off with a new staging of Dylan Thomas’

Expect themes of life, death, love and lust explored through situations both ordinary and surreal, led by director Gareth Nicholls and with music from multi-instrumentalist Michael John McCarthy.

July 24 marks the return of the popular

Written by Lochhead herself, it’s a tribute to her late, great friend, telling his life story by delving into Morgan’s relationshp with biographer James McGonigal, as well as highlighting his untold Glasgow, and some of his best-known poems.

Next up, the Tron looks to Ireland with a dramatic reading of Seamus Heaney’s translation of

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Last but not least is one for young theatregoers, as Welsh company Theatr Iolo presents

The latter will be performed at the Tron from July 27, before branching out to community venues in Drumchapel, Bellcraig, Castlemilk and Barlanark.

On top of it all, guest curator Liz Lochhead will be hosting masterclasses in writing and performance poetry, as well as performance evenings, as a way of introducing new talent.

There’s lots more going on at the city centre theatre throughout the Games, proving that you don’t have to be a sporting buff to make the most of all that’s happening in Glasgow this month — for more info, visit

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