Friday, 29 June 2012

Drama at the Sugar Sheds

Yesterday was our Identity Drama at the Sugar Sheds in Greenock. It's been the main focus of the project over the last month in particular. Running a big event, especially in a historic, A listed building like the Sugar Sheds has been...nerve wracking to say the least...but yesterday made it all worthwhile.

Over 200 people came to see the show across three performances, hearing real stories of the migrant communities who passed through our area over the centuries. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and we're delighted that people came along and enjoyed it.

Of course, the performance was just the culmination of months of work, and as well as involvement and learning in terms of local heritage, almost everyone involved behind the scenes was able to get practical experience and National Qualifications.
  • 11 pupils at St Columba's High School achieved an NQ in Creative Writing
  • 21 Pupils at St Stephens High School achieved NQs in Film and Media or Animation 
  • 20 pupils also achieved ASDAN Awards
The project's Future Jobs employees worked alongside project volunteers and young people involved with the project outside of school, to achieve National Qualifications as well.
  • 21 achieved NQ Event Management 
  • 15 achieved NQ Dramatic Performance 
Sgioba Luaidh Inbhirchluaidh backstage
We have filmed the performance and rehearsals throughout the week, so will be editing it together to make it available online at some point in the future. We've also had many requests already to "take the show on the road" around other community venues in Inverclyde - we'll look into the practicalities of this over the summer.

A great day was had by everyone involved, and for us, it's also been an opportunity to work with other agencies like Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council to help create local employment, learning and involvement in our heritage.

Thank you very much to everyone who came along to support us or took part on the day.

You can see a gallery of images from the event over on Inverclyde Now.

Our wonderful cast between performances

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