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24/07/2014

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games | Welcome to Glasgow

Produced by Jack Morton Worldwide and directed by Steven Boyle, ‘Welcome to Glasgow’ features singer-songwriter Amy McDonald and hundreds of volunteers, in an all singing, all dancing reworking of Rod Stewart’s ‘The Rhythm of my Heart’. Six months in the making, the film was broadcast by the BBC to an estimated global audience of 1 Billion as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. It was also screened inside Celtic Park Stadium on Europe’s largest LED screen (100 metres long, 11 metres high, weighing a colossal 38 tonnes) to a stadium crowd of 40,000.

This brief was challenging: to make a ‘street musical’ with a huge amateur cast with no performance experience whatsoever. After an extensive, two-month open audition process the final cast spent a week at Glasgow’s Barrowlands to participate in an extensive series of workshops and rehearsals to get them ready for the 3-day shoot in Glasgow’s George Square.

The feel-good musical is an embodiment of the slogan ‘People make Glasgow’ – a warm and humorous welcome to the city of Glasgow, from the people of Glasgow.