A LIFE-AFFIRMING drama based on seven girls from Drumchapel is to make its King’s Theatre debut next week.

"Glasgow Girls" will be running from January 15 until January 19, 2019.

Cora Bissett and David Greig’s show returns with the girls’ message still very loud and clear: “We heartily welcome all cultures to our country.”

The story is based on the teenagers whose lives changed forever in 2005 when their friend and her asylum-seeking family were forcibly taken from their home to be deported.

They took a stand for rights of all asylum seekers and inspired a whole community to unite behind its residents.

In 2010 theatre maker Cora Bissett was inspired to turn their incredible story into a musical and in 2012 Glasgow Girls premiered at Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre.

Cora said: “Every time we bring the show back out, it feels as though it is speaking to a very particular moment in time.

“In 2012, the still ‘newness’ and misconception of asylum seekers in Scotland was foremost. On its return in 2014 it was against the backdrop of a referendum, and the question of how we wished to treat our refugees and asylum seekers seemed to ring out for audiences watching.

“This time round, we live in precarious times, with the rise of neo-fascism across the world, evermore media-fuelled anti-Islamic rhetoric, and the frightening popularity of Trump’s crude divisive policies, walls and exclusion zones.

“Against this landscape, it brings compassion back to the people at the centre of these crises, and personalises their stories, so that we as an audience can connect our humanity with theirs.”

Many of the original Glasgow Girls have now gone on to work in politics, community work and human rights, including Emma Clifford Bell who is now a journalist for BBC Scotland and works hard to get ‘real people’ on TV.

Amal Azzudin graduated with a Masters in Human Rights and International Politics and works for the Mental Health Foundation.

She won the University of Glasgow’s World Changing Alumni Award 2018.