Thenue volunteers to have creative writing showcased in Glasgow

A group of women from Glasgow’s East End, most of whom are signed up to Thenue Housing’s volunteering initiative, are to have their creative writing showcased on stage.

Wildfire Theatre Company in Glasgow has been working with the emerging women writers, supported with funding from Creative East End.

The housing association has an extensive programme of volunteering opportunities and encourages people living in communities where it has its homes to get involved in volunteering.

The short pieces of writing from the women will be performed by actors from Wildfire, which was created by Pauline Lockhart, Wendy Seager and Natalie Arle Toyne.

Wildfire’s key aim is to make sure opportunities are equally distributed and potential is nurtured no matter what community people live in or what social class you happen to be born into.

Thenue Housing said these are values that it agrees with and are shared across the Scottish housing association movement.

The performances will take place at the Tron Theatre, Trongate, at 8pm on September 7 and 8.

The women’s short pieces of creative writing will be read out and they are being billed as “new local writers”.

The idea of working with women who have a story to tell arose after Wildfire began engaging with women in Edinburgh which led to “performed readings” and sell out performances at the city’s Traverse Theatre.

Margaret Anne Gachagan, Thenue’s volunteering programme co-ordinator, said: “This is a superb opportunity for the exceptional and inspirational work done by these women to be showcased on stage revealing the sheer scale of their talent.

“We are immensely grateful to Wildfire Theatre Company and Creative East End for investing their time and talent with the women and giving them a voice for their work.”

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