8 degrees in the sun

All over Glasgow and Edinburgh, young art, film, music and drama graduates are preparing to impact on the outside world. The List meets a handful of those who are already making their mark. Words: Susanna Beaumont and Andrew Burnet Photographs: David McIntyre

Kevin Greenlaw

Opera singer, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow

Hailing from St Louis, Missouri, Greenlaw came to Glasgow on a scholarship via New York’s Eastman School of Music. ’There’s more opportunity to get started in Europe,’ he explains.

At RSAMD, he has played major roles in La Boheme and Cosi Fan Tutte. He has twice been invited to guest at the Britten- Pears School in Suffolk, and has worked with the National Youth Choir of Scotland and Scottish Sinfonia. ’l’ve had the chance to get a lot of exposure and learn several roles in Glasgow,’ he says. ’It's also prepared me well for auditions.’

A promising international career beckons for Greenlaw, who appears in The Duenna at RSAMD before taking up a place at Paris’s prestigious Centre de Formation Lyrique. ’In Paris I’ll be able to understudy some major roles at the Bastille Opera as well as taking on some minor roles. Only sixteen people get in and it gives a lot of exposure to agents and conductors looking for singers.’

Three years in Paris should open doors, but Greenlaw's content to sing for his supper. ’Really, I would just like to work as a full-time opera singer,’ he says. (AB)



David McIntyre

Photographer, Napier University, Edinburgh

Edinburgh-born McIntyre is staying on at Napier to complete an honours degree, but as his pictures on these pages show, he’s already working professionally. The 28-year-old has also made a short film about football violence, ’And Then It All Kicked Off’, to be shown at Edinburgh Filmhouse this month and again at Edinburgh Film Festival. (AB)

é Martin Smith

Filmmaker, Napier University, Edinburgh

After ’blagging my way’ as tour photographer for the Beautiful South, James and Nick Cave, Martin Smith embarked on his new career by writing scripts which were ’very rough outlines of my personal experiences’. The staff at Napier were impressed, and 24-year-old Smith is now completing his final year on the Moving Image course. He’s already received two awards for his short documentary ’Do You Remember The First?’ while his drama, 'Social’, won Best Of The Fest prize at Manchester Short Film Festival last

Smith has three projects in hand. There’s a 30-minute documentary Music In Me, exploring different angles of the music industry through a music teacher, a radio DJ and a band. Nearing completion is an urban drama We Are The Humans, which Smith hopes to get screened at the Edinbugh Film Festival. And then there’s Voices, a script about a boxer whose fight with his own ego is as punishing as any encounter in the ring. 'I want to write and direct feature films,’ says Smith. We got a very clear vision of that. I’d certainly like to stay in Scotland, but there's a big world out there.’ (AB)

13—26 Jun 1997 THE “ST 9