Acclaimed actors to give reading of GCU students' work

09 May 2017

Acclaimed actors to give reading of GCU students

Juliet Cadzow, Professor Ann Marie Di Mambro and Gavin Mitchell collaborate on a reading of Tally's Blood in February 2016

BAFTA-nominated actor Juliet Cadzow is teaming up with Still Game’s Gavin Mitchell for a special event at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on Wednesday, May 10.

The veteran actors will perform a series of mini plays written by students and alumni of GCU’s MA TV Fiction Writing programme.

Juliet and Gavin will be joined by actors James Rottger and Erin McCardie in Are You Being Served? Students were tasked with writing short readings on the theme of customer service.

“Juliet and Gavin are terrific actors and are always very positive about the University,” says Professor Ann Marie Di Mambro, lecturer on the MA TV Fiction Writing programme and author of Tally’s Blood.

“In one of the course modules, we look at River City in some detail and earlier this year our students wrote scenes for Juliet’s character, Suzie, and she came in to act them out and give feedback. Hearing an actor of that calibre perform their work is fantastic for any writer.”

MA TV Fiction Writing student Pamela Palongue is looking forward to Juliet and Gavin’s performance of her play ‘Automated Hell’.

Pamela, who hails from Pittsburgh and moved to Scotland to study on the flagship postgraduate degree, said:  “Some of the things actors can do with your script are amazing. They can bring ideas you didn’t even think about when you were writing and interpret in a different way.”

Professor Di Mambro agrees: “There are few things in my career that have matched the excitement of having my first professional reading of a play. Never underestimate what it means to a new writer to hear actors performing their work – it lifts things off the page and shows how great it can be.”

Juliet, a GCU Cultural Fellow, and Gavin previously starred alongside one another in a reading of Tally’s Blood on the GCU campus in February 2016.