Theater Royal engages children from asylum-seeking families in Glasgow in summer project

The Theater Royal has teamed up with social housing provider Mears to offer families with asylum-seeking children a place in its summer programme.

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Six children from three asylum seeker families have joined Summer on Stage, where they have spent the past two weeks rehearsing a large-scale production to be shown this weekend.

The families arrived in the UK this year and have been supported by Mears, which supports asylum seekers from countries such as Iran and Iraq.

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The families have recently arrived in Glasgow and are currently staying in hotel rooms while Mears works to provide them with accommodation and social support.

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Children participating in rehearsals.

The other families also staying at the hotel were invited to attend one of two performances of Pantomonium, the show they rehearsed.

One of the children’s mothers said Summer on Stage had helped her family settle into a daily routine, particularly before school from August.

Jamie Lee Ward, MEARS Partnership Manager, said: “None of the children had ever experienced a theater set and so were very excited to get involved in singing, dancing , theater and scriptwriting. It was a pleasure to see the children enjoying this new experience and to see the development of those who were shy at first really getting on with it in such a short time. It has been an amazing experience working alongside staff at the Theater Royal to provide this opportunity for families residing with us in Glasgow. Alison and Angie at the theater were amazing in every way to ensure the children were supported around integration and took extra time if needed to access translation services. Thanks again to ATG and the Theater Royal Glasgow for this generous offer.

Alison Cowan, Senior Creative Learning Producer at the Theater Royal, said: “We are delighted to welcome the children of the families that Mears supports to Summer on Stage. The children were amazing, launching into rehearsals with energy, creativity and humor and we are so proud of what they have achieved. We hope that by partnering with the Creative Learning Theater Royal it has helped to integrate them into the cultural life of Glasgow and that we can work together again on future projects.

Organized by the Theater Royal’s creative learning team, Summer on Stage is a two-week performing arts program to give budding artists aged 7-17 the opportunity to learn while creating a performing, making friends and gaining confidence.

At the end of this summer school, the participants present their show on the stage of the Royal Theater for two performances this Friday and Saturday.

This year’s Pantomonium production! is a summer panto, the perfect show if you like panto but don’t like waiting for Christmas.

It’s panic in Glasgow’s Pantoland! Everything is gone and no one can live happily ever after. The baddest villain in the kingdom is up to mischief, and the magical fairy needs a hero to save the day, in the form of the ultimate super-grandma – Wee Senga! Along with their grandchildren Silly Billy and Silly Millie, the trio embark on a quest through Pantoland to fix the fairy tale fiasco!

Will Aladdin be able to rub the lamp? Will the pumpkin become a carriage? And will Sleeping Beauty wake up one day? Our heroes must save the day, with the help of a magic wand and Senga’s message bag!