6th March 2009 at 00:00

Audiences are being advised to wrap up for a free theatre event involving 56 secondary pupils from Dunfermline. You Tell Us What Was, We Tell You What Is is being staged next week at Pilmuir Works, a disused textile factory near the centre of town.

Dozens of 14-year-olds from Woodmill High have spent the past five weeks working with the National Theatre of Scotland Learn team on the creation of the site-specific event which combines drama, dance and music. The youngsters include 25 performers, seven musicians, four writers and a design, technical and stage management crew of 20, who are producing You Tell Us What Was, We Tell You What Is with the guidance of professionals.

The show, which will be staged five times during its three-day run, "explores the reality of being a 14-year-old in Scotland today". It features input from former employees of Pilmuir Works, who have contributed stories about their time at the factory, which closed in 2005.

Lalainia Tremmel, head of drama at Woodmill High, has been co-ordinating the project with art and music colleagues Jackie Powton and Claire White. "This has been the best experience for the kids and they are loving it," she said. "They've found the creative process challenging and are exhausted, because they've been working with the choreographer on their movement and dance. But the benefits in terms of personal growth and learning new skills will last forever."

The show, which will run on March 10 (7.30pm), March 11-12 (5pm; 7.30pm), features new music and a reworking of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5".

For tickets - T: 01383 602302 (free, but must be booked in advance)


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