Faifley the Musical comes to Clydebank

Date: 03/06/2010

A group of Clydebank adults with learning difficulties are putting on their own musical theatre show next week. Faifley the musical tells the story of the area through a time travelling trip on the number 62 bus.

The performance stars Sean Gardiner, Crena Brown, Patricia Craig, William McGregor, Annemarie Coll and Kathleen Stewart who takes centre stage for one of the songs. The actors are all part of the Independence Options service based at Skypoint.

The story starts on a night out in Clydebank. Dressed for a trip to the pub, the characters boarding the Number 62 bus are left stranded as it breaks down on route.

The bus takes a magical departure taking the party through the history of the area. Starting in pre-historic times, the group find themselves travelling forward through medieval Scotland, the industrial and farming revolution and the Blitz. The performance ends as the party reach their destination, the Doublet Bar in Faifley.  

Musical numbers include the Michael Jackson classic Thriller, songs from Abba, Singing in the rain and a reworked version of Calamity Jane.

They will be supported by Louise Taylor, Jackie Wintersgill and Chantelle Sharp, three members of the Independence Options support team, part of a local social enterprise company, Unity Enterprise.

Julia Rinalldi, from Clydebank College, who helped the group produce the musical as part of the college’s outreach programme and will also appear in the show. John Kennedy, a volunteer, looks after the props while students from Clydebank College’s music and digital recording courses are controlling the music and sound effects.

Independence Options is a free service provided by Unity Enterprise and supported by West Dunbartonshire Council. The aim is to support adults with learning difficulties to enable them to achieve their full potential within their local and wider community. 

Jackie McQuillan, the Independence Options Service Managerin Clydebank, said, “Part of the aim of the project is to help the users gain confidence and try new activities. It is a big thing for anyone to get up on stage in front of friends and families, however supportive, and they all should be very proud of the production.

Faifley the musical will take place at 12.30 on the 7th of June at the Skypoint Main Hall on Lennox Drive. The performance will last around 40 minutes. Tickets are free and soft drinks will be provided.

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