Former Cumbernauld Theatre artistic director dies, aged 58

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:04 on 17 September 2013.
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Robert Robson worked at Cumbernauld Theatre in the eighties.

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ONE of Cumbernauld Theatre’s most known, and respected former employees, has passed away, aged fifty-eight.

Robert Robson who was the artistic director of The Lowry arts centre in Salford, died suddenly at the age of 58, on Friday, September 6th, 2013.

Talking to the media, the Lowry’s chief executive Julia Fawcett confirmed Mr Robson’s passing.

She said: "He was respected across the industry, and will be greatly missed by his colleagues here at The Lowry and the people he worked with and supported across the country.

"We hope everyone would join us in sending our deepest condolences to Robert's family."

Born in Hamilton, on December 21st, 1954, Robson was brought up in Motherwell; attending Hamilton Academy, before reading English and Drama at the University of Glasgow.

Upon graduation from Glasgow University, Robson studied a post-graduate diploma, in theatre studies, in Cardiff; returning to Scotland a few years later to become a community drama worker with the Easterhouse Festival Society.

In 1979, the Group took Robson's production of Freddy Anderson's play, ‘Krassivy: The John MacLean Show’, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – and Robson became acclaimed, and won an award. 

Then, in 1983, Robson took over from John Baraldi as artistic director of Cumbernauld Theatre; working with writers including Tom McGrath and Archie Hinds, to turn the cottage theatre into a popular community facility and respected theatre.

Robson is survived by his wife, Annette, and his two sons, Stuart and Alan.

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