Posted: May 26, 2015

Kibble’s young talent shone through yet again as 16 year old CS performed her self-penned play, The Great Bank Heist, in front of a packed audience at The Gannochy Trust Centre for Expressive Arts.

The comedy was performed by both staff and pupils and was well received by the audience, which included CS’s proud mum and dad.  Members of the Dirty Feet Dance group, who use the Gannochy on a weekly basis, were also out in full force and thoroughly enjoyed the performance.  CS played the main role of Violet – a female stranger who rides into town and robs a bank with an accomplice, Billy The Front Tooth – portrayed by fellow-pupil and co-star, 17-year-old SMcC.

CS’s working towards a National 4 qualification in drama and the play forms part of the coursework. CS explained: “I had to come up with an idea for a play for my coursework and since I had always liked TV programmes and films about the Wild West and fancied myself as a cowgirl when I was younger, I chose that subject. It’s been a great experience for me and I know it has helped build my confidence.”

Kibble’s Creative Arts Development Officer, Gavin Sinclair said: “It’s the first time a student at Kibble has written their own play, directed and performed in it. It’s a great achievement for CS.”

The Wild West theme continued after the performance as cast members and the audience enjoyed some traditional country cuisine in the chuckwagon.  Staff and young people from the Home Economics department prepared a spread that would make John Wayne proud with dishes such as BBQ ribs and pulled pork.

After lunch the audience were shown a screening of a film produced as part of Scottish Ballet’s The Close project.  The project aims to give participants a positive experience of ballet and dance, encouraging creativity, communication and self-expression. The short film was created by young people at Kibble through a series of workshops.  Actress, Julie Nimmo, known to many as Balamory’s Miss Hoolie, made a guest appearance to present certificates of achievement.  Much to everyone’s delight, Julie was happy to stay for pictures and sign a few autographs.

It was a spectacular afternoon’s entertainment and the feedback has been very positive.

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