Theatre tribute to one of town’s ‘great sons’

CENTRE STAGE: From left, Brian's son Kevin, daughter Kirsty and wife Mae listen to the theatre's artistic director, Ed Robson.
CENTRE STAGE: From left, Brian's son Kevin, daughter Kirsty and wife Mae listen to the theatre's artistic director, Ed Robson.

CROWDS turned out at Cumbernauld Theatre on Saturday to honour the memory of cultural kingpin Brian Miller.

The artist and playwright passed away last August but constant signs of his of his boundless creativity remain throughout the town via his sculptures and murals. And on Saturday night, Cumbernauld Theatre formally re-named a key part of the building The Brian Miller Studio Theatre - which Brian himself helped to construct.

With BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth as compere, extracts from seven of Brian’s plays were performed with a mixture of professional actors, including Brian’s daughter Kirsty – plus members of No Mean Company and Cumbernauld Youth Theatre. A selection of Brian’s paintings also went on display.

And thanks to a generous contribution from the audience, more than £500 was raised for Strathcarron Hospice and Macmillan Nurses on the night.

The theatre’s artistic director Ed Robson said: “This was a fantastic success, with a great turnout and truly lovely feedback from all attenders, who felt it was a fitting celebration of Brian’s life and works.

“We’re proud to re-name our Studio Theatre as The Brian Miller Studio. Brian was truly one of the great sons of Cumbernauld.”

Brians’s widow Mae said: “It was a wonderful evening. It was great meeting up with the many people who Brian had encouraged and helped over the years, also the exhibition of paintings gave many an insight into Brian’s life before he came to Cumbernauld.’’