Broch are Rock runners-up in Scottish final

Fraserburgh Academy competing in the Scottish finals of the Rock Challenge in Dundee
Fraserburgh Academy competing in the Scottish finals of the Rock Challenge in Dundee

Fraserburgh Academy took second spot in the Scottish finals of the Be Your Best Rock Challenge held in Dundee last Friday.

Pupils from the school wowed the audience at The Caird Hall with their performance of The Ugly Side of Beauty which asks questions about the ethics of animal testing.

There school’s performance has a cast of 72, 15 stage crew, 5 volunteers, hair-dressers, make-up artists and student’s parents.

The narrative of the performance explores the ethics of animal testing by showing monkeys that have been tested on and the attempted capture of other monkeys - with dire consequences.

Despite finishing second in the over-all category the academy were joint-winners of numerous Awards for Excellence including Choreography, Performance Skill, Concept, Drama, Soundtrack, Design and Function, Costuming Character, Lighting, Stage Crew and Performance.

Ian Readhead, Be Your Best Foundation Director, said: “I think it is an absolutely great final- there is something special about coming to Scotland, real community spirit, high octane all night the standard was superb.”

Peter Sjoquist, Executive producer of the Global Rock Challenge, said: “After 29 years of Rock Challenge, tonight was really exciting.

“I was delighted with the quality of the performances, but it shows the community spirit too and that’s one of the most important things in the Rock Challenge that we work together to provide a good time.”