Are you in primary 6, 7 or S1? Become a part of history!

Scottish Youth Theatre is calling on pupils in P7, 7 and S1 to take part in a celebratory performance for the opening of the railway in September. Fancy taking part?

Pupils in primary six and seven and first year of high school are being offered a chance to be part of history by getting involved in creating a unique street theatre performance to celebrate the opening of the Borders Railway in September 2015.

The call out for young people comes from the Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT) which is working with Transport Scotland to deliver ‘Celebrating the Railway’, a piece of street theatre which will see up to 50 volunteers perform at Waverley Station to tie in with the launch of the new railway.

The celebratory performance comes on the back of SYT successfully delivering 278 ‘Rail Respect’ safety workshops to 76 schools throughout Midlothian and the Scottish Borders over the last two years.

A requirement for those coming forward is that they must be from schools that have previously hosted Rail Respect workshops.

Laura Spence from Scottish Youth Theatre, said: “This is a unique opportunity to get involved in something fun and very different whilst also being part of something that will be remembered for years to come!

“Whilst you will be involved in putting on a performance, previous acting experience isn’t necessary. We are just keen to involve young people from communities that are set to benefit from the new railway.”

The performance is expected to be inspired by the railway and Sir Walter Scott. The project is free to take part in. Rehearsals will take place in Galashiels, and applicants must be available on the following dates:

• Devising & rehearsal week: 10-14 August (Galashiels Rugby Football Club, Netherdale, Nether Road, Galashiels TD1 3HE)
• Weekend of rehearsals: 29 & 30 August (Borders College, Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels TD1 3HE)
• After school dress rehearsal: Friday 4 September (Borders College, Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels TD1 3HE)
• Performance: 5 September at Waverley Station, Edinburgh.

For more information please contact Laura Spence at lauras@scottishyouththeatre.org or on 0141 552 3988.

Please note: Although the project is free to take part in, participants will be responsible for arranging their own travel to the Galashiels venues for rehearsals. Scottish Youth Theatre will provide transport to/from Edinburgh for participants on the day of the performance.