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A rock solid commitment to Aberdeen

We partnered with the National Theatre of Scotland, introducing young people in Aberdeen to the arts

Deloitte has a long history in Aberdeen, and over the past year we’ve underlined our commitment to the city through our headline sponsorship of a major participatory arts project - Granite. A partnership between the National Theatre of Scotland and Aberdeen City Council, Granite set out to tell ‘the story of Aberdeen’ through its people.

As one of the National Theatre of Scotland’s most ambitious projects to date, we knew our sponsorship would help provide unique opportunities to individuals and community arts groups across the city. The project helped them come together, uncovering not only what is great about their city, but also allowing them to develop their skills and hone their talents through participation in a major theatrical production.

Artists from the National Theatre of Scotland engaged with thousands of people in Aberdeen to explore the city’s past, present and future. Their ideas and responses were shared with a group of budding writers, who were invited to join award-winning playwright Peter Arnott to shape the stories for the final production.

With price-friendly tickets, more than 1,300 people, including some of our clients and colleagues, wrapped up warm to watch ‘the story of Aberdeen’ come to life within one of the world’s largest granite buildings - Marischal College Quadrangle. There was a community cast of over 100, with the youngest participant, aged 8, making his stage debut and the oldest in her 70s. The scale of the project is perhaps best conveyed by its 200 costume changes (the most in the National Theatre of Scotland’s history) and the 2,240 gallons of water required to anchor the granite sculpture that was the centrepiece of the set!

In the short time since the final production, the script writers have been given space at Aberdeen Arts Centre to continue their involvement with Peter Arnott, and the bespoke choir are already planning to establish the ‘Granite Choir’.

*Our headline sponsorship was supported by a New Arts Sponsorship Grant from Arts & Business Scotland.

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