Fresh for drama

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THEATRE fans are lining up to see Macbeth at Tramway this month — but this week, the southside venue has a sideline project in encouraging the talent of tomorrow.

Saturday is the latest Fresh Faced night, this time in association with the National Theatre of Scotland production (as mentioned in The Extra recently and garnering rave reviews in the national press).

Fresh Faced is a chance for young creative types aged 14-20 to share and explore contemporary visual and performing arts with their friends, fellow theatre fans and professional artists.

The evening begins with an exhibition and workshops held by recent graduates of the Tramway Visual Arts Studio portfolio prep course.

Attendees can then settle down to a performance by the youth theatre in-residence, Junction 25, as they present a short, Scratch, about the impact of failure on young people’s lives.

Tramway has also been nurturing future critics, and the group responsible for arts publication Clingfilm will be present on the night to hand out their second edition, as well as attract new members.

The artist Lou Brodie will also be leading participants in a discussion as to the importance of contemporary art centres like Tramway, particularly for young people interested in the arts.

Best of all, the whole event is free to join, and attendance will also offer young theatre fans a special £10 ticket for the Macbeth show later that night.

But the night doesn’t end in (Shakespearean) tragedy, instead winding down with a performance by singer-songwriter Joanne Summer, playing a blend of acoustic pop, folk and soul, from 9pm.

The regular Fresh Faced event always brings in a crowd — but with cut-price tickets to the hottest show in town and the chance to get involved yourself, it could prove a worthwhile gig for budding thesps and arts fans.

Fresh Faced runs 5-10pm at Tramway (Albert Drive). Entry is free, and tickets to Macbeth cost £10 on the night. For performance times and more info, visit the Tramway website.