Shake­speare goes punk

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Two stu­dents are gear­ing up to star in City of Glas­gow Col­lege’s con­tem­po­rary and unique adap­ta­tion of Wil­liam Shake­speare’s A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream.

Cam­bus­lang’s Jenna Pex­ton and Ruther­glen’s Craig Bar­clay, who are both study­ing HNC Act­ing and Per­for­mance at the col­lege, will take to the stage of Web­ster’s Theatre in Glas­gow next week. The show fol­lows the full plot of Shake­speare’s orig­i­nal story but adds a con­tem­po­rary punk twist, in­clud­ing a sound­track com­pris­ing Joy Di­vi­sion, The Clash, Blondie, and Mad­ness.

For­mer Hutch­esons’Gram­mar School pupil Jenna, who will per­form as one of The Rude Me­chan­i­cals in the show, said:“I’ve been in­volved in drama pro­duc­tions since I was a lit­tle girl and I’ve al­ways wanted to be an actress.

“I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing this show in front of a live au­di­ence as we’ve spent many months re­hears­ing it.”

Fel­low as­pir­ing ac­tor Craig, who is a for­mer pupil of Stonelaw High School, has been cast in the comedic role of Bot­tom. The 19-year-old said: “The most chal­leng­ing thing about play­ing my part is mak­ing sure I am able to make the au­di­ence laugh.

“My char­ac­ter also has an ac­cent, so I’ve had to work re­ally hard on that, too.

“The first show I was ever in was an am­a­teur Christ­mas pro­duc­tion at Ruther­glen Town Hall. It went re­ally well and, from then on, I knew I wanted to pur­sue a ca­reer as an ac­tor.”

Stephen Caf­ferty, act­ing and per­for­mance lec­turer at City of Glas­gow Col­lege, praised Jenna, Craig and their fel­low stu­dents for their com­mit­ment to bring­ing such an am­bi­tious idea to the stage.

He said:“This is a very am­bi­tious pro­duc­tion that is a pacey, ac­ces­si­ble, and fun ver­sion of a Shake­speare clas­sic set in a fan­tasy world. It’s the first time many of the stu­dents have per­formed Shake­speare, and they have done a su­perb job of pro­duc­ing all their own cos­tumes and make-up as well as em­brac­ing their char­ac­ters on­stage.”

A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream by City of Glas­gow Col­lege is on at Web­ster’s Theatre in Glas­gow from May 19-21. Tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion are avail­able from Mid­sum­merTix

Stars Craig Bar­clay and Jenna Pex­ton

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