Albert Drive: centre of it all

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ONE of the southside’s most recognisable streets is the subject of an arts performance project — and residents are invited to join the party.

Arts venue Tramway and theatre company Glas(s) Performance are embarking on a project based entirely on the community on Albert Drive.

It is hoped that the project — posing the question who is my neighbour? — will be shaped by the ideas of residents and businesses on the Pollokshields street.

One of the longest streets in Glasgow, the area was chosen because of its diversity in terms of communities, businesses, religious groups and housing.

The team will be out and about collecting ideas and exploring the area, as well as commissioning works from seven artists, each working across different disciplines, which residents will also be invited to take part in.

The whole project will come together in July 2013, with Tramway promising an event “encompassing the whole of the street”.

Sarah Munro, head of Glasgow Arts, explained: “The Albert Drive project is a brilliant opportunity for Tramway to develop new relationships between the local population and create access to, and participation in, really great art and performance”.

For Jess Thorpe, co-artistic director of Glas(s), it’s the biggest autobiographical work the company has taken on to date.

She told The Extra: “Previously, we had been making a lot of work with families and about relationships, and became interested in the other types of communities we engage with on a regular basis.

“It was then that we arrived at the notion of neighbours, and started to explore the possibility of making a performance with a whole street in our local area, and with our local venue”.

Jess — also lead artist on the project — continued: “We have already completed phase one, which culminated in residents performing on small stages visited by audiences all the way along the street (in December 2011).

“We’re now preparing our next big idea, and are excited to keep getting to know the neighbours as we progress.

“Residents of Albert Drive should watch this space”.

The project is now up and running at www.albertdrive.com, and anyone interested in taking part can contact Jess by calling 07934150530, emailing participate@albertdrive.com or tweeting @albertdrive.

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