Galleries project celebrates life and legacy of Jimmy Reid

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A PROJECT celebrating the life and legacy of trade unionist, broadcaster, writer and orator Jimmy Reid will culminate in a performance by members of the local community in Clydebank next month.

Created by Glasgow-based theatre company Visible Fictions, the project co-incides with the 40th anniversary of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in led by Mr Reid, who retired to Rothesay with his wife Joan in 2002 and .

Titled The Nation//Live - Work, the new project has been organised by the National Galleries of Scotland outreach team, in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Libraries and Museum, and took as its starting point a bust of Mr Reid which was commissioned for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 1999.

Writer Martin O’Connor from Visible Fictions has been working with pupils from St Peter the Apostle High School in Clydebank, a group of apprentices at BAE Systems and the National Galleries’ outreach officers to explore Jimmy Reid’s legacy and the relevance of his beliefs today.

Martin O’Connor has also been discussing these issues with the wider community in Clydebank in order to capture the power and colour of their written and spoken responses. Together they have created a dramatic staged performance, which will feature Jimmy Reid’s inspirational oratory, the words and voices of the community, and filmed sequences set in the area’s distinctive urban landscapes.

The performance in Clydebank on Monday, May 7 will mark an important moment in the town’s social history and highlight how the events of the early seventies have left an imprint on the town.

Find out more about the project by clicking on the link to the right of this article.