All plain sail­ing for pan­tomime

Stu­dent Craig cruises into Tall Ship role

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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