Wednesday, 17 December 2008
After the show Dorothy (Helen McAlpine) and the Wicked Witch of the West (Cara Kelly) came out into the auditorium to congratulate Mehvish and present her with a special signed copy of her design.
Here's the pictures from the day of Mehvish and all her classmates from Victoria Primary School. Congratulations Mehvish!
Friday, 12 December 2008
"From start to finish one of the best nights I have had in a long time. The style of the show was fantastic, the effects real, imaginative and incredibly effective and the characters exactly how you would hope they would be - Dorothy endearing, the lion hilarious and the witch, well the witch was such a WITCH!"
Even the critics have been giving us a thumbs up:
This is the real deal. A caringly-realised production where storytelling counts and every detail colludes to capture our imagination, involve our emotions. THE HERALD ****
Helen McAlpine plays and sings the central role of Dorothy with a feistiness and innocence which warms the heart; the young actress seems born to wear the blue and white dress. SUNDAY HERALD ***
Rich in imaginative ideas and wonderfully committed performances... the whole production has terrific energy and bounce. ONSTAGE SCOTLAND
If your toes aren't tapping duringthe Jitterbug number, check for frostbite. METRO ****
Here's a selection of images from the show - if you haven't got your tickets yet it's not too late to book!
"We knew we could rely on the Citizens Community Company's "Wicked Christmas 3" to deliver a sharper glance at our modern Christmas."
"Anne Marie McLeod's "The Poor Philosopher" gave us a sombre look at the commercialisation of Christmas from someone on the outside and an image that will haunt my remaining Christmas shopping trips, while Kathleen Harrison's tale of family grief brought a lump to even a cynical throat."
"But for sheer entertainment Neil Bratchpiece's "The Wee Man v Santa" and "Munchkin Strike" are hard to beat...in the "Munchkin Strike" he gives us something that is little short of genius and provided one of the funniest five minutes I've had in a theatre this year - worth the ticket price alone."
"Other particular favourites...were Patricia Preston's "Angela's Story" and Rena Hood's nostalgic "Christmas Adventure"."
"For those theatre addicts like us who don't really do the whole Panto thing this is a great way to stave off withdrawal symptoms with an entertaining and thoughtful evening."
This powerful documentary gives a brilliant insight in community theatre making at the Citizens Theatre. This film has previously been available to view at Oval Studio, but we have just got our own version for YouTube, which we are delighted to share with you now.
Thursday, 11 December 2008
photos by Tim Morozzo
Thursday, 4 December 2008
If you are looking for a new hobby or challenge in the new year, we still have spaces left in both Level 1 and Level 2.
You can read details of the courses here.
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
The theatre will be open until 1am (with last orders called earlier). NB. No booking necessary.
Saturday, 29 November 2008
Our first preview is tonight. You might not know this, but every year the Citizens Theatre donates its takings from the charity preview to the Hospice. It’s a full house tonight, so a great start to the season and an excellent donation for charity.
All of the programme design entries have been mounted in the foyer, so if you entered, we hope you can come and find your design. There are loads!!
If you haven’t booked already, you can get your Wizard of Oz tickets here.
P.S. I took some snaps of the decorated foyer but haven’t been able to get them yet. They’re lost in cyberspace somewhere between my iphone and my inbox.
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Here's the rest of the shortlist - we were really impressed by all the entries and our judging panel really struggled to narrow it down!
Carolyn Baker, age 11, St Convals Primary
Fraser Cowle, age 8, Cardonald primary
Kiara Bradbury, age 9, Victoria Primary
Craig Bell, age 8, Chirnsyde Primary
Darren McCarthy, age 11, Carntyne Primary
All the entries will be displayed in our foyer through the run of The Wizard of Oz. For more information or to book tickets click here.
Hope to see you there! Cx
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
This week sees Young Co. tour around Glasgow schools for the first time, with a fantastic new play by Davey Anderson. Blackout, which Young Co. premiered earlier in the summer (at the Royal National Theatre) is a hard-hitting true story about a 15-year-old boy called James who wakes up one day in a jail cell and discovers that he's getting charged with attempted murder.
Young Co. are taking Blackout into 9 schools this week for a performance and discussion. Members of Young Co. from the cast along with Davey Anderson have been blogging about their experiences.
You can read the entries in full on the TAG blog.
Thursday, 13 November 2008
The photographs that appear in the paper are always very beautiful and glamorous but we thought you'd like to see what really goes on at these things - mostly, a lot of waiting about in the cold!
Say cheese everyone! Alongside our own Dorothy, the line up includes Mother Bruce from the Tron, Cinderella from The Kings and The Snow Queen from the Arches.Dorothy and Cinderella get up close and personal with Santa!
Dorothy aka. Helen McAlpine takes time out from posing to give a quick interview for Glasgow City Marketing Bureau's podcast!
Holding the jackets is an inevitable part of a marketeers role - as demonstrated here by Alison, Marketing Manger here at the Citz.
And even after all the hard work is done - the girls (and Toto) still have time to pose for one last picture...
P.S. To find out more or to buy tickets click here!
Thursday, 6 November 2008
One important element of this exchange is that some members of our Community Company will visit Sweden in early May 2009 and perform there, this is thrilling and will make a fantastic contribution to the Community Company's 10th anniversay celebrations. A group from there, will visit us in June, we'll work together and create a piece of theatre to be shown at the end of our week together. We are calling this connection the "Braw Partnership" as "braw" is a Swedish word that translates to "good" and that's just braw!
The conference was very interesting, attended by theatre practitioners from all over the country, quite amazing how the seminar on our work, including the showing of the documentary, Shooting Horses was appreciated. Community drama is apparently a new concept in Sweden and our practice is now revered and will be talked of throughout many theatres in the country. Which gave us renewed confidence and pride in our work.
Also speaking at the conference was Eugene van Erven, from Utrecht, who has researched community theatre around the world, a very well informed man and someone I hope to meet again, maybe in his home town, to witness their work.
Socially we also had a good time with our new friends but the drink is expensive and still no sign of an IKEA...Now it's back to work with the Community Company and Wicked Christmas 3...can't wait...we'll be singing the Jingle Bells before we know it!
Monday, 3 November 2008
A NOVEMBER DAY, a charming piece of puppetry for 10-15 year olds, takes us on a journey through the lives of two brothers during the time of World War I. Thingumajig Theatre's timeless fable runs until Wednesday 5 November. Find out more/Buy tickets
Theatre Absolute's ZERO by Chris O'Connell is a chaotic, fast and furious production which takes an explosive and anarchic stare at the ethics of torture and the curse of censorship. Thursday 6 - Saturday 8 November. Find out more/Buy tickets
"The Reflections journey began almost a year ago when the Citizens Young Co. conducted writing workshops with Peter Arnott of the Playwright's Studio. A basic insight into writing for the stage followed, but the project for me didn't fully get under way until next spring. In the middle of rehearsals for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? I happened to mention to Neil Packham that I had written a script for the Young Co. project, but hadn't really done anything with it since. In his usual encouraging and enthusiastic way Neil said to submit it, go for it, get involved. I did. And almost a year since the first writing workshops began, I was sitting in the audience watching five new plays performed in a beautiful set to a paying public..."
Click here to read the rest of Eleanor's fantastic article - a great insight into the experience of writing your first play and watching it being produced...well worth a read!
photo by Iain G Farrell...more here
TAG produces all of the Citz work for children and young people, which includes Citizens Young Co. You can read more Young Co. news on the TAG blog. Here's a link to all recent Young Co. posts.
Thursday, 30 October 2008
"a powerfully intricate and broodingly intense affair"
The Herald ****
"...laugh-out-loud funny as well as threatening...Quality stuff all round."
The Times ****
"The Caretaker retains not only its elliptical strangeness but also its ability to resonate with the times"
Daily Telegraph ****
The List ****
All three actors - Tam Dean Burn, Robert Hastie and Eugene O'Hare - give great performances in this Harold Pinter classic.
Get closer to the action by viewing a slideshow of images (by Pete Le May) from the show below.
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Here's a selection to whet your appetite!
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Here's a video of some photographs we managed to capture in the rehearsal room to give you a flavour of the show...
The show previews on Wed 22 & Thu 23 October, opening officially on Fri 24 October. You can book tickets online now or call the box office on 0141 429 0022.
All photos by Richard Campbell
Friday, 17 October 2008
All photos by Tim Morozzo.
Friday, 3 October 2008
St Enoch is sponsoring this year's Christmas show THE WIZARD OF OZ and so to celebrate this fact Dorothy was on the site to lay a yellow brick in the foundations, as part of St Enoch's £100 million re-development.
Centre manager Susan Nicol was on hand to help out!
And then... we had a bit of fun on Buchanan St!!!
In true Glaswegian style, shoppers barely batted an eyelash at our antics!
Photographs by Richard Campbell
Thursday, 2 October 2008
photo by Anne Binckebanck
Hurry as only a few remain!
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
The New Not New is a 15 minute visual theatre short by puppeteer, Ailie Cohen, based on selected writings by Anais Nin and directed by Guy Hollands. This event is free but ticketed and commences at 7pm each night next week from Tuesday to Saturday.
If you're popping along to see Don Juan (4 stars Herald) or Follow Me, why not come a little earlier to check out The New Not New. This show is recommended for 15+.
Here are a couple of rehearsal photos to whet your appetite.
Monday, 8 September 2008
A charismatic lover or a dangerous monster? You decide! Don Juan previews on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th September, opening for its full 3 week run on Friday 19th September. BOOK NOW.
Friday, 5 September 2008
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
A fascinating story, this provided the perfect introduction to Guy Masterson's new production of FOLLOW ME by Ross Gurney-Randall and Dave Mounfield, which is coming to the Citizens this autumn. FOLLOW ME tells the story of Ruth Ellis - the last woman to be hanged in Britain and Pierrepoint the "ultimate professional" who hanged her.
As grim a tale as this may sound, it probes the innermost feelings of an utterly fascinating profession and is sure to make a powerful piece of theatre. Both The Herald and Scotsman have given this show 4 stars, so click FOLLOW ME to find out more.
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Chris on the summit
Auguille di midi
glacier ice climb