Class Act 21

©Alan McCredie

Have you ever been a Class Act?

Did you know that the ‘pure dead brillyant’ Gary: Tank Commander started his career as a Class Act (originally known as ‘Writers About’)?

The Traverse Theatre is celebrating 21 years of schools playwriting: engaging and inspiring school pupils from across Edinburgh and Glasgow to write their very own short plays.

Professional playwrights like Gregory Burke, Oliver Emanuel, Catherine Grosvenor, Lewis Hetherington, Nicola McCartney, Lynda Radley and Alan Wilkins have been parachuted in to senior Drama and English pupils to help them write their own short plays.

To celebrate this fantastic achievement the Traverse is holding a Gala performance hosted by Greg McHugh (writer and star of BBC 2 Sitcom Gary Tank Commander and alumni of Class Act).

The Gala will include one play from each of the 21 years. It will bring the funniest, darkest and most moving Class Act plays back to the Traverse stage.

The performance will also include some of the professional playwrights, actors and directors who worked on the project through the years. Following the performance the soiree will continue in the Traverse Bar Café with an after-show party, woo hoo.

Have you ever worked on the project as a playwright, actor, director, stage manager or Project Co-ordinator?  If so – the Traverse theatre wants to hear from you!  Contact Noëlle O’Donoghue: 0131 228 3223 / noelle.odonoghue@traverse.co.uk

Here’s a list of all the schools, productions and playwrights that have been involved since 1990.  If you are, or know somebody connected to any of these productions in any way, please retweet or contact Noelle at the Traverse.

1990 Fresh Air Freak – Julie Dunleavy, Jacky Spence, Louise Smith, Michael Martin, Elouise Norns, Amanda Cuthburt & Amanda Paget – Craigroyston Community High School

1991 Last Exit to the DHSS – Paul Harkins – Holyrood RC High School

1992 Height – Steven Vass – Craigmount High School (Is he the Deputy Business Editor of The Herald?)

1993 Passing of Time – Sally Runciman – Galashiels Academy

1994 Café – Natalie Blair, Elisa Laing & Jane Tierney – Linlithgow Academy

1995 A Dream come True – Billy Sommerville, Kristian MacAulay & Cameron Wishart – Firrhill High School

1996 Get Up and Go! – Emma Waugh & Alana Walder – Holyrood RC High School

1997 What Goes Around Comes Around – Dionne Walker & Shirley White – Drummond Community High School

1998 Flies – Jennifer Millar & Leroy Harris – Boroughmuir High School

1999 Sugar Mummies – Steven Christie – Musselburgh Grammar School

2000 The Coming Of The Aliens – Alison Farmer and Katharine Calder – Queensferry High School

2001 Geoff – Euan Alexander – Balerno Academy

2002 To [Beep] Or Not To [Beep] – Hannah Baker, Scott McCue and Nikki Summers – Liberton High School

2003 Escape – Ben McKay – Trinity Academy

2004 The Sack – Azadeh Darvishadeh – Drummond Community High School

2005 Old Love Can’t Die? – Deike Borchardt – West Calder High School

2006 Armaneddon – CJ Cook – Broxburn Academy

2007 The Outsider – Steven McMahon – Broughton HS (Part Of Trinity Academy group)

2008 Banana Split – Katie Arnott, Marc Campbell, Nicola Robertson, Danielle Smith and Kayleigh Wilson – Tynecastle High School

2009 Chantelle – Claire Grant – Balerno Community High School

2010 Thirteenth Night – Conner MillikenHillpark Secondary

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Question: Can anybody tell me why Musselburgh Grammar School and Broughton High Schools don’t have websites?

Quiz: Which year did Gary: Tank Commander become a Class Act?

©Fin Wycherley

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