Academy pupils to appear in live online broadcast

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Five pupils from Fraserburgh Academy will appear in a live broadcast later this month as part of a 24 hour presentation of theatre from across Scotland.

The 24 hour presentation by the National Theatre of Scotland will see the local pupils five minute performance feature on line between 1pm and 2pm, being broadcast to a world wide audience at www.fiveminutetheatre.com.

The production written by Ed Walton, Principal teacher for the faculty of Performing Arts at the Academy tells the haunting tale of the Forgotten Child – Amy.

Speaking to the Herald about the fourthcoming production, Ed Walton said: “The National Theatre of Scotland set out in 2006 to create a theatre for the whole of Scotland, made up by the whole of Scotland.

“The 5 minute theatre project is a highly creative way of giving a voice to every corner of the country, and seeing what ideas there are out there.

“I am proud of the issues of family and difficult choices raised in the Fraserburgh performance and the thrilling style that the young people delivered in this short play.

“The 22nd should be an exciting day of locally grown, National theatre.”

In order to be selected as one of the productions due to be aired, the Academy applied with a short synopsis of the story, explaining the age group and the venue.

The National Theatre of Scotland were very keen to see stories told in the North East, and from a school venue especially.

The Acdemy were given a deadline and technical support from the NTS, and then set out rehearsing for about three weeks.

The five pupils who perform their roles with passion are Sophie Gault (Amy), Simon Burnett (Neil), Scott Herbert (The Storyteller), Danielle Cruden (mum) and Alexander Stephen (dad).

All music for the performance was written by Ed Walton.