Young actors’ stories taken to parliament

Youth theatre
Youth theatre

Members of a youth drama group have delivered a hard-hitting message on social housing at a special Scottish Parliament reception.

Young people from Action for Children’s East Dunbartonshire’s Canal Housing Service were the stars of a Scottish Youth Theatre production marking the charity’s 60th anniversary.

Some will return next month for a second Holyrood performance in front of MSPs. Meanwhile, there’s to be a weekend project workshop session in Kirkintilloch.

The drama sees the young actors telling their stories and celebrating the charity’s past by talking about the lives it has shaped and their hopes and dreams for the future.

The Canal Housing Service provides short term supported accommodation for priority homeless young people aged 16-26 in East Dunbartonshire. This includes working with young people in the community to maintain their progress through outreach support.

Local manager Mary O’Rourke said: “The young people who took part in the workshops had a fantastic day and were thrilled to play their part in the ‘Many Voices, One Story’ project.

“It is great that those taking part will get the chance to be part of a performance at the Scottish Parliament next month. November will be a big month for everyone at Action for Children Scotland as we celebrate our 60th anniversary.

“Throughout that time we’ve improved the lives of thousands of young people and this project will allow some of the young people we currently support to tell MSPs their story and highlight the ongoing importance of our work.”