Tuesday, 24 June 2008

My time as an extra on Romeo and Juliet

Three members of the Citizens Community Company recently featured as extras in Scottish Ballet's amazing production of Romeo and Juliet. Fran wrote a blog for us about her time in the show:

Being an extra with Scottish Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet was a living breathing dream, where I met the most beautiful, graceful people.

To see these dancers performing from rehearsals to performance nights, but the most magical moment for me was when waiting in the wings - with beautiful music surging into my mind - I watched the shadows of the dancers on the wall, unseen to the paying public’s eye. A moment that led me to dance with their shadows (which loomed twenty feet high) and to watch all of the other extras dancing too.

I am so, so grateful, Edinburgh, I loved it! I saw Greyfriar’s Bobby, was in and out of every charity shop with my friend and fellow extra Alan. We walked the mile, saw the castle, photographs galore.

Next Glasgow – what else can I say, I lived the living breathing dream all over again. Capped off with meeting Scotland’s First Minister Mr Alex Salmond.

Photos by Andrew Ross (courtesy of Scottish Ballet)

Thank-you to the Citz and Scottish Ballet. It was a therapeutic pleasure being an extra with you…one I will remember for the rest of my life, not forgetting all the new friends I made there. Thank you!

Frances Rose Kelly.


P.S. We're going to try and get hold of some of Fran and Alan's Edinburgh pics!

Free theatre tickets for a whole year?

Sounds too good to be true? Well, it's not and all for the time it will take you to write 150 words on a play you've watched and send it off.

The Theatrical Management Association is looking for enthusiastic theatregoers to serve as regional panellists for its annual Theatre Awards. The TMA Theatre Awards celebrate the achievements of artists and companies based throughout the UK.

Successful applicants will be entitled to a pair of complimentary tickets for each eligible production in their area during the judging year which runs from 1st September 2008 to 31st August 2009 - but there are only 140 positions available so if you fancy it, dont delay! The deadline for completed application forms is 31st July 2008.

For more information and application forms click here.
Good luck! Cx

Monday, 16 June 2008

CATS Award success!

We here at the Citizens donned our gladrags last night for the annual Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland. The ceremony this year was held at Oran Mor and was attended by a wide variety of actors, directors, designers, techs and marketers from all over Scotland.

The Citizens Theatre's production of ANGELS IN AMERICA, produced with Headlong Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith, was nominated in five categories - Best Female Performance (Kirsty Bushell as Harper), Best Design, Best Technical Presentation, Best Director (Daniel Kramer) and Best Production.

Kirsty Bushell as Harper in Angels in America. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Amy Manson was also nominated for Best Female Performance for her role as Stepdaughter in our co-production of SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR, with Royal Lyceum Edinburgh and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Amy Manson and Ron Donnachie in SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR. Photo by Richard Campbell.

I'm delighted to tell you that the Citz team brought home the gong for Best Technical Presentation, collected by our Head of Production Chris McDougall (although not actually collected due to the award suffering a mishap on the way to the ceremony!) and Amy Manson was the winner in her category for Best Female Performance.

Congratualtions to Amy and to all our backstage team who work incredibly hard and put in long, long hours to make sure that everything you see on stage is the very best it can be!

We would also like to extend congratulations to the other winners, all of which make up the rich tapestry that is theatre in Scotland.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Reflected glory

If you're a fan of new writing and like to keep up to date with all that's fresh and exciting in theatre, then you should join us this Friday and Saturday night for Reflections on the River.

Members of the Citizens' YOUNG Co. have been mentored over the past few months by professional writer Peter Arnott. Six brand new works by fresh young talent will be staged as rehearsed readings in the Stalls Studio this weekend (7.30pm each night).

All tickets are a fabulously affordable £3. Call 0141 429 0022 or book online.


Award win for marketing.

On Friday the Citizens' Theatre was recognised for it's achievements in marketing and audience development at the annual GaGAs. These awards run by Glasgow Grows Audiences (GGA) formed the culmination of GGA's conference, hosted by Janice Forsyth.

Alison Martin, Marketing & Communications Manager for the Citizens' was presented with the "Audience Development Leadership Award". She shares this award with her former colleague, Jane Donald from Glasgow Concert Halls. Congratulations to both. A much deserved accolade!

The Citizens' Theatre was also nominated in the "Audience Development Pioneer Award" for the Family Audiences project which has been improving the venue's facilities and attracting children and young people into the building.

The marketing team would like to thank all who have supported this work, in particular Susie Ironside, who has been an invaluable asset over these last few months.


Monday, 2 June 2008

Let it SHINE!

Well, the sun may not be shining outside but inside here at the Citizens' there's plenty of bright and colourful characters to be found!

Tomorrow see's the first of week long run of shows aimed at the wee folk in your life, as well as there being plenty of activities in the foyer to them busy beforehand while you grab a cuppa and relax!

Here's a snippet of what people are saying about the shows so far...

NEXT DOOR (Sat 7 June - 2.30pm)
'The music is delicious, subtle without being over-complex... Vestergaard and Jorgensen whip up a gorgeous 45-minute love-story that focuses on older people, but has a lilting narrative energy that anyone in search of a soulmate will recognise.' THE SCOTSMAN *****

THE WOLF AND THE GOAT (Tues 3 June - 10.30am & 1.30pm)
'From the moment Davide Doro checks his cuffs and flashes a smile... the audience of six-year olds is already giggling... [an] adorable, superbly acted two-hander' THE HERALD ****

MY HOUSE (Wed 4 June - 1.30pm/ Thurs 5 June 10.30am & 1.30pm)
The show lasts just half an hour but it's atmosphere of exploration, wonder and recognition is enthralling and to judge by the excited response of some of the 18 month olds in the front row, it hit their tiny blossoming imaginations in exactly the right spot.' THE SCOTSMAN ****

Plus our own brand new show, LIAR, and a classic from former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo, AESOP'S FABLES.

We hope to see you there!