Pollokshields neighbours are ready to party

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AN ARTS project chronicling life on one of Pollokshields’ busiest streets is building to a grand finale street party next month.

The Albert Drive project, which has been ongoing since October last year, comes to a head on July 6 and 7, culminating in a weekend of theatre, dance, visual art, film, photography, installation and cooking — and you’re all invited.

Project leaders Jess Thorpe and Tashi Gore set out to create a performance with autobiographical origins, allowing the public to tell their own stories of the neighbourhood.

Jess explained: “In recent work, we were looking a lot at the relationships that can be found between families and couples, and then we started to become interested in the other groups of people that surround us. We arrived at the idea of neighbour, and what it means to live alongside each other in communities today.”

That question will be explored by the 20 residents — ages ranging from three to 70 — who take to the main stage at Tramway on July 6 and 7.

Performer Hajera Khan (29) commented: “People maybe don’t realise what the project is or know enough about Tramway — this will help them come forward and get involved.”

There will also be an exhibition of work by six professional artists, and a free shared meal, aimed at encouraging neighbours to get together and chat.

For performance times and ticket info, call 0845 330 3501 or visit www.albertdrive.com.