College students star in play about Paisley Weavers

Two City of Glasgow College students are starring in Bruce Morton’s new play, Silver Threads, which opens on Sunday 3 July at Paisley Arts Centre.

Anna Kiakowski and Khumbo Misanjo have just completed a two year HND Acting & Performance course at the college and this is their first professional acting role.

Silver Threads recounts the story of the sma’ shot weavers’ strike of 1856. Anna and Khumbo are part of a cast of five which includes Bruce Morton along with Clare Gray and Neil Leiper, who are both former City of Glasgow College students.

Twenty year old Anna, who grew up in Stirling, said: “I am really excited to be taking part in Silver Threads and it's my first professional acting job. It's a great experience as I hope to find more work within the industry and then apply to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland next year.”

The play is directed by Phil Differ and produced by Glasgow-based arts production company Fair Pley. Director, Jim Lister, said:

“Fair Pley is delighted to be working with staff and students further developing the links with our industry – Anna and Khumbo bring a level of understanding and maturity that ideally suits them to working in a very tough environment and competitive job-market – that’s a great credit to them and the College”

Bruce Morton said: “It’s not easy starting out in this business – both Anna and Khumbo have hit the ground running and put their learning to great use – you wouldn’t know that it is their first professional job.”

Khumbo, who moved to Glasgow from Malawi when he was 12 years old, is excited to be taking part in the production: “I have been involved with Fair Pley in the past but on the technical side. This is my first paid professional job and I am hoping to get many more, just to get experience before applying for drama school.”

Rehearsals took place at the college’s Florence Street campus chosen as a venue by Fair Pley which has a long association with City of Glasgow College due to their involvement with One City, the college’s annual staff development event. The rehearsals have acted as a farewell to the campus building as staff and students prepare to move to the college’s new City campus on Cathedral Street which opens in August.