SIX children from asylum-seeking families have joined a summer programme at Theatre Royal. 

The Hope Street theatre has teamed up with social housing provider Mears to offer spots on the Summer on Stage programme to the children who come from three families that arrived in the UK this year. 

The families are currently living in hotel accommodations with Mears, who help asylum-seekers from countries such as Iraq and Iran, providing housing and welfare support. 

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The children have spent the last two weeks rehearsing a full-scale production called Pantomonium! which will be showcased this weekend, and fellow families staying at the hotel have been invited to attend one of the performances. 

One of the mothers of the children says Summer on Stage has helped her family settle into a daily routine, especially ahead of school starting in August. 

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Jamie Lee Ward, Mears partnership manager, said: "None of the children have previously experienced a theatre setting and so have been very excited to get involved with the singing, dancing, acting and scriptwriting.

"It has been a pleasure to see the children enjoying this new experience and seeing the development of those who were shy at the beginning really take to it in such a short space of time.

"It has been an amazing experience to work alongside the staff at the Theatre Royal to bring this opportunity to the families residing with us in Glasgow.

"Alison and Angie at the theatre have been amazing in every way at ensuring that the children are supported around integration and have been taking extra time where needed to access translation services.

"Thank you again to ATG and Theatre Royal, Glasgow for this generous offering."

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Alison Cowan, senior creative learning producer at Theatre Royal, said: "We are delighted to welcome children from families that Mears is supporting to Summer on Stage. 

"The children have been incredible, throwing themselves into rehearsals with energy, creativity and humour and we are so proud of what they have achieved.  

"We hope that by getting involved in Creative Learning Theatre Royal it has helped their integration into the cultural life of Glasgow and that we can work together again on future projects."

Summer on Stage is a two-week performing arts programme organised by Theatre Royal's Creating Learning Team to give budding performers between the ages of seven and 17 years the opportunity to learn while creating a show, making friends, and building confidence.

This year's production Pantomonium! is an original script summer panto that is described as a "true love letter" to Glasgow and to panto. 

The show will be at the Theatre Royal tomorrow and Saturday and you can buy tickets HERE.