Student ticks off latest stage role in Jesus Christ Superstar show

Michael McClorey
Michael McClorey

A Stranraer student in his final year at uni has taken on a huge personal challenge by accepting a role in a major stage production - his second of the year.

Michael McClorey, 21, is in the thick of rehearsals for his role as Matthew in Glasgow’s King’s Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

And with the opening night just over a week away, Michael is juggling intesive rehearsing with in-class teaching and writing a dissertation for his primary teaching degree.

But it’s all part of the fun, says the former Stranraer Academy pupil.

Michael told the Gazette: “It’s certainly a challenge and it’s really hard making it all fit but I love it.

“Drama is such a huge part of my life and a strong passion of mine so I don’t mind it at all.

“One of the hardest parts has been going from my role in Grease at the King’s Theatre in April, which was a corny, fun production, to this which has much more emotion and intensity to it. But it gives me a break from the academic side of my life in Glasgow.”

With rehearsals three times weekly, organisation is key. Michael will be in full-time teaching mode next year but has already been asked back to repeat the success of Grease in April, and he reckons he’ll take it all in his stride.

Michael’s family from both Newton Stewart and Stranraer have already booked their seats – Jesus Christ Superstar debuts on 18 November and runs until 22 November with tickets from just £10.