Beyond Brutalism: Scotland’s Modern Theatres 1950-1990

18:00 to 19:00 on 10 June 2020

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Beyond Brutalism: Scotland’s Modern Theatres 1950-1990

Discover how architects created a new kind of theatre for post-war Scotland. Some of the theatres might be described as ‘brutalist’, but they also tell us other stories.

Between 1950 and 1990 there was a surge in new theatre buildings to reflect post-war ideals with theatres conceived as a public space or service. Dr Alistair Fair, a historian of architecture, presents the history of post-war theatre buildings as a history of ideas relating not only to performance and modern architecture, but also to culture, citizenship, and the modern city.

About Dr Alistair Fair
Dr Alistair Fair is a historian of architecture in Britain between 1918 and the 1990s, with specialisms in theatre, university, and hospital architecture. A Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, Fair has written Modern Playhouses: An Architectural History of Britain’s New Theatres, 1945-1985 (2018), and Play On: Contemporary Theatre Architecture in Britain (2019)

Tickets £12 (+booking fee) include entry to exhibition Mid-Century Modern: Art & Design from Conran to Quant on day of the event.

Every ticket sold supports the work of The Dovecot Foundation to advance visual art, craft and design in all its forms.

Eden Court, Inverness. Image: Ewen Weatherspoon

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