Spot­light on dark sub­ject

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Fi f ty Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang teenagers took part in a pi­o­neer­ing an­tibig­otry event.

‘Scarfed for Life’ is a hard-hit­ting play based on young peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ences of dis­crim­i­na­tion and prej­u­dice.

It was per­formed for pupils from Stonelaw and Trin­ity at Ruther­glen West and Ward­lawhill Church on March 10.

Af­ter watch­ing the play, writ­ten by Martin Travers from the Cit­i­zens Theatre Glas­gow, the 15 and 16 year olds took part in work­shops put to­gether by the ‘In Wi’ The Mix Pro­ject’ and the Cit­i­zens Theatre Glas­gow and funded by the Scot­tish Govern­ment.

Ac­tors per­formed key scenes from the play again and the pupils dis­cussed the themes that had been raised, as well as what they would do dif­fer­ently to change the end­ing.

The play tells the story of two teenage friends caught in the cross­fire of sub­ur­ban prej­u­dice.

The church had of­fered to host the event and helped put it to­gether.

Ses­sion clerk Ian Dun­can was de­lighted with the way things went.

He said: “The young peo­ple were able to learn about how ridicu­lous sec­tar­i­an­ism is.

“Af­ter­wards many of the teach­ers had come to us to say how well the day had gone and if we were ever run­ning any­thing like that again they would want to be in­volved.

“There was dis­cus­sion over the use of cer­tain words and, while some of the pupils viewed it as ban­ter, the ma­jor­ity recog­nised them as deroga­tory terms.

“The pupils re­sponded to it. The day was a great suc­cess.”

John Ithell from In Wi’ the Mix said the pro­ject is in its third year.

This year it will also visit Castlemilk, the Gor­bals, Coat­bridge and Air­drie, per­form­ing in the day for sec­ondary pupils and in the evening for the com­mu­ni­ties as a whole.

He said: “It was a great day. The pupils were a fan­tas­tic au­di­ence.

“There was a lot of in­ter­ac­tion and I know the ac­tors re­ally en­joyed it.”

In­ter­ac­tion Kate Black puts the pupils through their paces

Look at me Pupils from Stonelaw and Trin­ity get in­volved

Lis­ten­ing in The event was hailed as a great suc­cess

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