Theatrical celebration

1st February 2008 at 00:00
Redblack, the theatre company set up by pupils of St Joseph's Academy in Kilmarnock in 2005, has performed its first major theatrical commission in front of Alex Salmond, the First Minister (pictured).

The Klin Group, a property and investment firm based in Kilmarnock, asked the company to devise an original piece for the opening of its Barclay House development, comprising new offices, heritage centre and residential flats.

The production, Reinventing the Town: Tracks of Time, was performed by a cast of 25 pupils from S1-S6. It is a celebration of Kilmarnock's industrial heritage and history and pays tribute in particular to Andrew Barclay and the Hunslett-Barclay locomotive works.

Three Advanced Higher drama pupils - Hugh Cairns, Kayleigh Milloy and Alex McConell - researched, wrote, designed and directed the production, with support from drama department staff and Marie Macklin, chief executive of Klin.

The pound;95 million Barclay House development of the former Hunslett-Barclay engineering works combines the Andrew Barclay Railway Heritage Centre with the Klin Group head offices, a housing development and a cultural platform for local arts and music.

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