Falkirk drama students prepare for the Edinburgh Festival

Kara Swinney and Euan Mason are putting on a show at the Edinburgh Fringe next month
Kara Swinney and Euan Mason are putting on a show at the Edinburgh Fringe next month
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Three Falkirk teenagers will be showcasing their talents at the Edinburgh Festival this August.

Kara Swinney, Euan Mason and Murray Allan have all just completed a two year Musical Theatre course at the Dance School of Scotland in Knightswood Secondary in Glasgow.

As part of their course they completed an Associate of Trinity College London diploma (ATCL), for which they had to put together their own performance of around 15 minutes - the performances have to include speeches and singing.

Kara, Euan and Murray were chosen along with six others from their course to perform their diploma pieces at the festival in partnership with Trinity College.

Kara, of Polmont, will be performing her selection of songs which include Don’t Tell Mama from Cabaret and Poor Little Pierrette from The Boy Friend.

After the summer Kara (19) will begin studying for a BA in Musical Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) .

She said: “It will be nice performing it in front of an audience and getting a reaction because for the ATCL we just did it for the examiner in silence.”

Former Braes High pupil Euan (19) is also looking forward to the festival show. For him it will be his last musical theatre performance for a while as he is heading to Wigan in September to study a three year tv, film and radio performing course.

Euan, of California, said: “It’s a once in a lifetime experience for us and I am so delighted to have been asked.

“It will be good experience.

“I’m really excited about my new course too - I’ve been doing musical theatre for 12 years so it’s time to try something different.”

Murray Allan (19) is currently taking a year out and working full time to save money for going travelling. He will audition for drama schools at Christmas and hopes to start university next September. He called his piece ‘Living in Limbo’ and is about heaven and hell.

He said: “All the songs and monologues I chose were quite obscure so I had fun researching them and finding suitable pieces.

“I loved my time at Knightswood and performing at the Edinburgh Festival will be amazing - it gives me something to look forward to with my summer of constant working!”

Graham Dickie, artistic director of musical theatre at Knightswood said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the students and highlights how highly Trinity rate our ATCL achievements.”

The trio will take part in rehearsals over the summer before the August performance.

Putting It Together is on at Paradise in the Vault, The Vault, 11 Merchant Street, Edinburgh from August 9 to 11 at 6.15 p.m.

Murray will perform on the 9th, Kara on the 10th and Euan will perform on the 11th.

Tickets, priced £7 (£6 conc) are available at www.edfringe.com or by calling 0131 226 0000.