Athletics, boxing, wrestling, cycling, synchronised swimming... Almost every Commonwealth sport was given a theatrical twist at Eden Court CREATIVE’S show ‘Commonwealth Capers’ on Monday night. Performers from across the Highlands treated the audience to a showcase of interactive drama, dance and film throughout the entire theatre complex, culminating in a finale performance in the OneTouch Theatre. Special guest Clyde the thistle, the Commonwealth Mascot, also made an appearance delighting young and old alike with his cheeky grin and infectious enthusiasm for the Games.
Audience members were encouraged to guess the sport portrayed in each group’s small show, in return for prizes at the end of the evening. The performance was preceded by a day of public dance and celebration on Sunday, which saw the actors and dancers take to the streets of Inverness with a series of ‘flashmob’ dances.
The show was part of the Games for Scotland programme of events designed to inspire, motivate, engage and engender pride in the people of Scotland in the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The programme, managed by EventScotland, forms a key part of the Scottish Government's commitment to deliver a lasting legacy as a result of the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland.
Eden Court CREATIVE Manager Kati Kozikowska said: We are very grateful to those who came to support Commonwealth Capers and make it such an exciting and enjoyable event. The performers really enjoyed interacting with the audience who brought the theatre to life. We hope that Commonwealth Capers has helped to increase the anticipation for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.
Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison said: This year's impressive Games for Scotland programme highlights the passion and enthusiasm communities across Scotland have for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Importantly, the programme will give thousands of people the opportunity to be part of the building excitement as we move closer to 2014. The wide and diverse nature of the Games for Scotland programme perfectly illustrates there's more to the 2014 Games than just sport. The Games coming to Scotland provides an exceptional opportunity to make our nation healthier and celebrate our modern and vibrant culture, delivering a legacy Scots can be proud of both now and in the future.
David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive said: With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games coming to a close, the attention and focus will now turn to Glasgow and Scotland as proud host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the excitement is already building across the country. We’re delighted that the Highlands is holding ‘Commonwealth Capers’ as part of the Games for Scotland programme. The programme will provide a fantastic opportunity for people across the country to participate in a number of fascinating events that will celebrate Scotland’s culture, heritage and role as host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.