Aspiring Edinburgh high school writers prove a class act

Dinosaurs in love, a boring Sunday, bullying and self image are just some of the themes explored by the next generation of aspiring Edinburgh writers in a special 30th Anniversary showcase edition of Class Act, the Traverse's creative learning programme.

By Liam Rudden
Friday, 20th August 2021, 4:55 am

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After being shown digitally last year due to Covid-19, ​the works from some of ​Edinburgh' s most exciting young creatives ​will be brought to life onstage ​by professional performers ​​at Fringe venue MultiStory​, located in the Castle Terrace car park, later this month.​ ​

Class Act​ has been running since 1990 in which time 92 schools​ and ​1,776 young writers​ have produced 950 scripts​. ​On August ​22 ​​four of last year's work​s, written​ and created​ by pupils from ​​Broughton​ High​, Boroughmuir​ High​, Royal High and Craigroyston Community High​ will be staged for one night only.

Dinosaurs in Love

​"​Class Act provides creative support and a safe space for participants to write about whatever may be affecting them, or they feel passionate about, and encourages free expression and uninhibited creation. The result is a range of short scripts bursting with energy, featuring many unusual and amusing situations and vivid characters ​- ​some of whom you may recognise​," explains ​Robbie Gordon of the Traverse​.​

I​n the first of the four pieces to get it stage premiere, Boroughmuir High School ​presents ​Dinosaurs ​I​n Love, written by pupils Mathilda ​and​ Coco​ and ​performed by Amy Helena, Craig ​McCulloch​ ​and​ Petre Dobre​. Dinosaurs In Love is the story of an acclaimed dinosaur performer who has a gig at a child’s birthday party and thinks he might be at the end of his career.

Broughton​ High pupils bring A Boring Sunday, written by Niamh ​and ​performed by Neshla Caplan ​and​ Lesley Hart​, to the stage​​.​ It’s the end of the world when Lorraine when she realises a meteor shower has destroyed Fife and killed her husband. She is all alone until a knock from her annoying neighbour​,​ Susan.

​The pupils at the ​Royal High​, meanwhile,​​ offer Stephen and the Bully, by Megan G, Megan D, Leanne, Ben and Gibrill ​and ​performed by Aidan Kerr ​and​ Jathinder Singh​, which tells what happened when ​a man wakes up in the middle of the night to find his childhood bully standing in his kitchen​, while ​​Craigroyston ​High pupils wrote a s​ong ​about social media and image called, ​No One Wants to Look Like Me. Written by John, James, Jane, Sarah and Gemma, ​it will be ​performed by​​ Scottish pop star Be Charlotte​. ​

Stephen and The Bully

​Other productions produced by pupils of the four schools will also be screened as part of the show. ​

​Gordon elaborates, "​There will also be satirical animations, thrillers and comedic shorts made from this year​'​s class act. Covering a multitude of subject​s, ​from mental health to current politics, killers on the run to reality TV, and everything in between.​"​

For the first time​​, participants in Class A​ct ​also took part in workshops ​led by ​Scottish​ based ​creatives ​including Be Charlotte​, Dave Hook of alternative hip-hop group Stanley Odd​ and actress Apphia Campbell​​.

Gordon adds, "For the first time ever, in it's 30 year history, we are bringing this work to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, so you can get the chance to see the work performed by an ensemble of brilliant actors from across the spectrum of stage and screen."

A Boring Sunday

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