Dream role for Glenrothes teenager

Damien McGrory
Damien McGrory

A budding Glenrothes actor is preparing to tackle a complex role in a new contemporary and unique adaptation of a Shakespeare play this month.

Damien McGrory will play Demetrius in City of Glasgow College’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

Damien, who studies HNC acting and performing at the college, will take to the stage of Webster’s Theatre in Glasgow next week.

The show follows the full plot of William Shakespeare’s original story but adds a contemporary punk twist, including a soundtrack comprising Joy Division, The Clash, Blondie and Madness.

The 18-year-old said: “I’ve wanted to pursue a career as an actor since I was eight-year-old and was cast in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Being in the show was so much fun that it made me realise this is what I want to do with my life.”

The former Auchmuty High School pupil told the Gazette: “The most challenging thing has definitely been learning all my lines and figuring out how to make them funny but I’ve really enjoyed the experience and can’t wait to perform the play later this month.”

Stephen Cafferty, acting and performance lecturer at City of Glasgow College, praised Damien and his fellow students for their commitment to bringing such an ambitious idea to the stage.

He said: “This is a very ambitious production that is a pacey, accessible and fun version of a Shakespeare classic set in a fantasy world.

“It’s the first time many of the students have performed Shakespeare, and they have done a superb job of producing all their own costumes and make-up as well as embracing their characters onstage.”

A unique contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare

The City of Glasgow College’s adaptation of the classic ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is brought right up to date in modern society, with the story of midsummer madness and frolics set in a nightclub in which all sorts of things can happen.

The team at the college use an upbeat punk soundtrack to enhance the tale of mistaken identity and drug induced visions.

The production is being staged at Webster’s Theatre, Great Western Road, Glasgow, from May 19-21, 7.30-9.45 p.m, with an extra show at 2.30 p.m on May 21.

Tickets can be booked and there is more information about the production on the website www.webstersglasgow.com