Student festival a resounding success

Creative City 2017 drew to a close with a final performance of John Godber and Jane Thornton’s classic comedies, Bouncers and Shakers.

HNC Acting and Performance students took to the stage for the comedic play which examines nightlife in Glasgow. The show ran over three days at the Scottish Youth Theatre and brought the curtain down on City of Glasgow College’s three week annual music, drama, art, literature and entertainment festival.

Creative City 2017 celebrated student work and ran for three weeks within the college’s stunning new City campus on Glasgow’s Cathedral Street and in venues across the city.

The vast programme included live music, literary performances, art exhibitions, drama productions, a drag show, a murder mystery evening and comedy nights.

Acting and Performance student, Robbie McEwan, took part in Bouncers and Shakers saying:

“It was a really funny show. The hardest part was getting the changes right as you had to swap characters quickly but I really enjoyed the challenge.”

Adaptation showcased a narrative piece of jewellery created by Laura Porteous, who studies HND Jewellery Design, after she drew inspiration from a poem written by a fellow student on the college’s HNC Professional Writing Skills course.

“Through the jewellery I wanted to show how I dealt with my dyslexia and how someone would hold on to their anxiety or figure out how to let go. My piece was a brooch in the shape of a triangle with silver parts that could move like a jigsaw. I thought of an iceberg melting to show how I’ve moved on,” explained Laura.

“Jewellery is my passion and I absolutely love this course. I feel like Hermione in Harry Potter who always has her work done because I am enjoying it so much. It is giving me the experience and skills I need to follow my dream of building my own business or moving onto art school," added Laura.

Curriculum Head of Media at the college, David McKinney, explained that this was the third year the college had held this festival.

“We are delighted that this festival continues to go from strength to strength while providing a fantastic showcase for the skills and creativity of our students.

“The students create and organise all the events ensuring they are produced to a high standard. The festival gives them the chance not only to develop their skills but to increase their confidence in organising, exhibiting and performing. It provides real hands-on work experience which stands them in good stead for their future careers.”