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Thenue volunteers' work takes to the stage

Talented women will have their work performed at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow.

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A group of women from Glasgow’s East End are to have their creative writing showcased on stage in Glasgow.

The opportunity arose after the women got involved in a creative writing group with generous help from Wildfire Theatre Company and funders Creative East End.

Wildfire Theatre Company has been working with the emerging women writers, most of whom are signed up to Thenue Housing’s volunteering initiative.

The housing association has an extensive programme of volunteering opportunities and encourages people living in communities where it has its homes to get involved in volunteering.

Now the short pieces of writing from the women will be performed by actors from Wildfire Theatre Company, which was created by Pauline Lockhart, Wendy Seager and Natalie Arle Toyne.

Wildfire’s key aim is to make sure opportunities are equally distributed and potential is nurtured no matter what community people live in or what social class they happen to be born into – values which are shared by Thenue Housing.

The performances take place at the Tron Theatre, Trongate, at 8pm on September 7 and 8.

The women’s short pieces of creative writing will be read out on stage, and they are being billed as “new local writers.”

The idea of working with women who have a story to tell arose after Wildfire began engaging with women in Edinburgh which led to “performed readings” and sell-out performances at the city’s Traverse Theatre.

Margaret Anne Gachagan, Thenue’s Volunteering Programme Co-ordinator, said:

“This is a superb opportunity for the exceptional and inspirational work done by these women to be showcased on stage, revealing the sheer scale of their talent.

“We are immensely grateful to Wildfire Theatre Company and Creative East End for investing their time and talent with the women and giving them a voice for their work.”

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