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There’s a change of venue this year for the talent platform TRAM Direct as the players move from The Shed across town to Maryhill crematorium, listed for the first time as one of the venues for Glasgow’s Doors Open Day, running next Saturday and Sunday (September 20-21).

The southside theatre company pays tribute to the architect of Glasgow’s first public crematorium — which caused a furore at the time between the ecclesiasta and secular communities.

Actor Graeme Dallas stands in the shoes of James Chalmers, commissioned in 1895 to design the building. For performance times, go to tramdirect.com.

Other highlights in Glasgow include the Govanhill people’s history listening trail, for the centenary year of Govanhill Baths.

And there’s a chance to get down and dirty, taking part in an archaeological dig at Provan Hall.

For kids of all ages there’s a floating travelling exhibition on the Forth and Clyde Canal and animal magic on Ronnie Scott’s tour for children.

For photography enthusiasts, why not join a workshop at the newly-restored Kelvingrove bandstand.

Doors Open day celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014 alongside other venues including: Craigholme School’s 120th year; Glasgow Central Mosque’s 30th; the Lighthouse’s 15th; Barrowland Ballroom’s 80th; and Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow celebrating the 500th anniversary Andreas Vesalius, father of modern anatomy.

Meanwhile, East Ren’s Doors Open Days take place this Saturday and Sunday, (September 13-14).

This year’s line-up has been praised by environment convener Vincent Waters.

He told The Extra: “Visitors will have a rare chance to look around some buildings. We have some splendid old churches worth a visit.

“There are also guided walks around Cathcart cemetery to see gothic tombs, Egyptian temples, and Greek, Romanesque and art-nouveau designs.”

For details, visit eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/doorsopendays.