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Challenging Divisions through Football

August 25, 2012

A LARGE audience took part in a discussion of ‘The Power of Youth and Football to Heal a Divided City’ on the fringe at Edinburgh this lunchtime.

Backed by civic groups, the Scottish government and people in the game, including FansFirst Scotland, the discussion at 12 noon at St John’s in Edinburgh (Venue 127) focussed on a play that tells the story of young football fans who follow opposing teams and get caught up in violence involving people from different cultural and religious backgrounds.

Divided City, a 2011 book by Theresa Breslin, was successfully adapted into a musical play last year. The production was a joint Youth Musical Initiative created and funded by organisations including The Citizens Theatre and Glasgow City Council Education Services and performed by secondary school students from all over Glasgow and surrounding areas.

Author Theresa Breslin, playwright Martin Travers and Jenny Marra MSP reflected on the success of Divided City and its impact on local communities. More here.

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