Ayr pupils take centre stage

3rd June 2011 at 01:00
Queen Margaret Academy students are to star in a National Theatre of Scotland project, streamed live by STV. Julia Belgutay reports

Pupils from Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr have been chosen to showcase their acting talents to a vast international audience as part of a National Theatre of Scotland project.

The 25 S2 pupils were picked from thousands of entries and are now going to have their performance filmed by a professional crew and television director at STV's studios in Glasgow for the National Theatre of Scotland Five Minute Theatre project.

Overall, it will feature over 235 performances, 202 of which will be performed in Scotland, 13 in the rest of the UK and 20 abroad. The 24-hour event will be streamed live online by STV on 21 June.

Queen Margaret Academy submitted two ideas for short plays, a dramatisation of the Robert Burns poem Tam o'Shanter and an abridged version of A Grave Drama, the school drama club's Halloween production last year.

They will perform both pieces on Wednesday, 22 June at the Auld Kirk in Ayr, and recordings of their performances will be available for viewing on http:fiveminutetheatre.com.

Probationary drama teacher Tina Harper says it was exciting for the pupils to be selected to perform their pieces. "It will be a great learning curve for them, seeing how productions are filmed and something that they will always remember."

The pupils are working to a tough rehearsal schedule and looking forward to performing Burns's work live on stage.

"I am pretty nervous about the Big Tam performance, I hope we can do Burns justice," says Alisdair McCrae.

But Carla McGough is really looking forward to the performance. She says: "It's been a great laugh and a really fun experience so far."

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