Grammar kids take to the stage

Cast members of Divided City with author Theresa Breslin who has adapted her own book for the stage
Cast members of Divided City with author Theresa Breslin who has adapted her own book for the stage

FIVE pupils from Uddingston Grammar will take to the stage of the Hamilton Town House on Thursday to tackle to subject of sectarianism.

Rebecca Childs, Una Mackie, Lauren McLean, Diego Romero and Rebecca Watson are among 40 South Lanarkshire secondary pupils to perform in an adaptation of Theresa Breslin’s award-winning novel Divided City.

Running until Saturday, this joint production of the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture was funded by the Scottish Government, with the young actors accompanied by a nine-piece band of professional musicians.

Divided City tells the story of two Glasgow boys, one Celtic fan and one Rangers fan, who find themselves drawn into a secret pact to help a young asylum seeker when all they really want to do is play football.

Councillor Hamish Stewart, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture chairman, said: “The pupils, from both denominational and non-denominational, have worked very closely together to promote anti-sectarianism and diversity.”

Divided City will be performed at 7.30pm each evening and tickets costing £10 (adults) and £6 (concessions) are available from the box office on 01698 452299 or visit http://www.sllcboxoffice|SLLC box office|SLLCBO}

In addition to the evening shows, the cast will also perform to over 2,000 South Lanarkshire pupils.