WAC Ensemble: My Historic Neighbourhood

The WAC Ensemble, our exciting and innovative theatre company for care experienced young adults, have been collaborating with Glasgow Building Preservation Trust as part of their My Historic Neighbourhood project.

Members of the ensemble have starred in a short film about The Barras, directed by David Hayman Jr, produced in partnership with Witsherface. The film beautifully weaves recordings of the voices of women from Calton, and archive footage of The Barras Market from the 1960s, with performances by members of the WAC Ensemble. The film will be launched at a community consultation event and celebrated online.

The My Historic Neighbourhood project began in November 2021 at an event marking the 100th anniversary of The Barras Market. To celebrate this momentous occasion, members of the local community were invited to document their memories of the Glasgow institution. A record of the most popular and fondly remembered phrases was made, and the event will choose which phrases will be carved into the pavements around the market.

The Barras was made famous by its many traders who were expert showmen and drew the crowds with their raucous calls. The hawkers and their fantastic banter made The Barras much more than a place to shop. It was the beating heart of the community, where people flocked to be entertained on a day out.

Director David Hayman Jr
Director of Photography
Darren Hercher
Camera Assistant & Script Editor
Allan Othieno
Maureen Carr
Martin Travers
Executive Producer
Stephen Sheriff

Calton Ladies
Linda Malone
Margaret Ralston
Kathy Slater
Margaret Woods

Citizens WAC Ensemble
Genna Allan
Megan Kay
Shannon Lynch
Caitlin Ruby Muir
Chloe Wyper