All plain sailing for pantomime
Student Craig cruises into Tall Ship role
A Rutherglen drama student was, literally, all at sea recently.
That’s because Craig Barclay, 19, took a panto part on The Tall Ship on the River Clyde as part of the City of Glasgow College’s pantomime.
Former Stonelaw pupil Craig was part of a 20-strong cast of HND Acting and Performance students in the production of Sinbad.
Craig, who’s from Greenhill Road, played the role of witchdoctor Crunchbones as the stage talent of City of Glasgow College provided festive season entertainment for local crowds with a trio of shows.
Craig, who hopes to enrol in drama school or university once graduating from City of Glasgow College next summer, said: “I’ve had a great time doing the production of Sinbad.
“I play Crunchbones, who is a bit weird. It’s such a fun part and I loved doing it.
“When Aileen, our lecturer, said we were performing on the Tall Ship, it was very exciting.
“A theatre would be more traditional, but the venue fitted with our production and it’s a great experience.
“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.”
Anne Macleod, acting and performance lecturer at City of Glasgow College, said: “The panto was a huge success.
“The Tall Ship was a great venue and seeing the faces of the children who came on board to join Sinbad on his adventures was a reminder of the magic of pantomime and the fun and laughter that it brings to audiences of all ages.”
Sinbad is an action-packed adventure show which follows the story of a loveable sailor as he travels the seas to rescue his one true love.
Glasgow’s Tall Ship is the only Clydebuilt sailing ship still afloat in the UK and is on the opposite bank of the college’s new £228million campus.
Seeing the faces of children who came on board was a reminder of the magic of pantomime