ALBERT DRIVE is large-scale creative project involving artists, volunteers, local businesses, residents, families, individuals and communities in a exploration into the idea of neighbour from the perspective of one street in Pollokshields, Glasgow.
The project first began in October 2011 with a three month residency at Tramway and in an attempt to research and develop the idea on Albert Drive. At this time, theatre company Glas(s) Performance, worked with second year students studying on the Contemporary Performance Practice programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in order to create the very first version of the work. The process culminated in a show in which an audience walked along Albert Drive visiting performances by members of the community along the way. This first version of the project was a huge success and attracted a really positive response. At this stage it was also clear there were still ideas to explore, a greater number of people left to meet and much more to discover about the neighbours living on Albert Drive.
Between October and July 2013, we met well over 1,000 people who live and work in Pollokshields. We visited community centres, halls, schools, homes, gardens, churches, mosques, gurdwaras and living rooms. We shared tea, cake, mango lassi and gulab jamun. We sang songs, told stories, played bingo, football and backgammon. We looked at old photographs and learned new recipes. There have been conversations about big things and small things, things we have agreed on and moments of difference. It has all been about meeting our neighbours and thinking more about what it means for us all to live alongside each other in Scotland today.
We are delighted now to be able to welcome you to the ALBERT DRIVE Project website where you can explore the many different parts of the project. Here you will find documentation of the Weekend Event including the Performance, the Exhibition, Shared Meal and the Albert Drive Neighbourhood Watch. You will also find information on the creative process, on the various artists who joined the team, the volunteers that made the work possible and the many neighbours we met and worked with along the way.
We hope you enjoy…
The ALBERT DRIVE Project Creative Team