Shake­speare shake-up has He­lens­burgh duo ex­cited

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Carla Don­ald

Two as­pir­ing stage stars from He­lens­burgh are gear­ing up to take the stage in a unique adap­ta­tion of a Shake­speare clas­sic.

Kirsty McFar­lane and Katie Burn, who are both study­ing HNC Act­ing and Per­for­mance at City of Glas­gow Col­lege, will take to the stage ofWeb­ster’s Theatre in Glas­gow this week.

The one-of-a-kind 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.

The for­mer Her­mitage Pri­mary School pupils, who are 18, both dis­cov­ered they had a tal­ent for act­ing at a young age.

Kirsty will take on the role of He­lena whilst Katie has been cast as Hip­polyta.

Kirsty said:“We’ve spent months re­hears­ing for the show and I’ve re­ally been en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“When I was a kid, I’d al­ways put on plays for my friends and fam­ily so I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing the play to an au­di­ence.”

Katie added:“I love act­ing as it gives you the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence what be­ing some­one else is like.

“I re­ally like be­ing able to put my own stamp on a char­ac­ter and am ex­cited to take on the role of Hip­polyta.”

Stephen Caf­ferty, act­ing and per­for­mance lec­turer at City of Glas­gow Col­lege, praised Kirsty and Katie for their com­mit­ment to bring­ing the show to life.

He said:“This is a very am­bi­tious and fun ver­sion of a Shake­speare clas­sic.

“It’s the first time many of the stu­dents have per­formed Shake­speare, and they have done a su­perb job of em­brac­ing their char­ac­ters on stage.”

A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream is on atWeb­ster’s Theatre in Glas­gow from May 19-21.

Tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion are avail­able from http://tinyurl.com/ Mid­sum­merTix.

Star turns Kirsty McFar­lane and Katie Burn

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