Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Happy 80th Rena!

Today is a very special day. The inimitable Rena Hood is celebrating her 80th birthday today. Rena, who has been a member of the Community Company for the last 8 year years is a joy to have around the building and everyone at the Citizens Theatre would like to wish her a very Happy Birthday and thank her for all her hard work and creativity as part of the Community Company!

Photos by Tim Morozzo


Monday, 26 January 2009

Sub Rosa sold out

This is a quick note to let you know that Sub Rosa our gothic promenade show around the bowels of the Citz has now completely sold out. For those who have been lucky enough to see it, or those who are lucky enough to have got tickets for this week it'll come as no surprise that this show has secured fantastic reactions from audience and press alike.

The last few days have brought a 5 star review from The Scotsman and another couple of 4 star reviews from The Guardian and Financial Times.

Blogging reviewers A View From the Stalls called it "quite simply, magnificent."

Some of our reviews are available online. Here's a few links:
The Guardian
The Scotsman
Financial Times
A View from the Stalls
The Herald

Well done to David Leddy, his excellent team and everyone at the Citz.


Thursday, 22 January 2009

Free Creative Writing Workshop on Saturday

This Saturday at the Citizens Theatre you are invited to join us for a free creative writing workshop with avant-garde theatre-maker David Leddy. The workshop will run from 1-4pm. It is free but ticketed, so phone 0141 429 0022 to book your place.

David is the writer and director of Sub Rosa (5 stars Metro/4 stars Herald) - currently on at the theatre. He is based in Glasgow and specialises in work that combines dramatic new writing with elements of live art and site-specific performance. Outside Scotland his work has been shown in London, Amsterdam, Boston, Buenos Aires and Delhi. He is the first person in Scotland to complete a practice based PhD in theatre and his work is studied on various undergraduate courses in the UK. Recent work includes the highly acclaimed Home Hindrance, performed for six people each night in Leddy’s own home, and the sell-out Susurrus, where audiences followed a map around Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens and listened to the piece on headphones. He was recently a recipient of the Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship for writers as well as a fellowship at the Global Arts Village in India, where Sub Rosa was written.

Louise Ludgate in Sub Rosa photographed by Tim Morozzo

We hope you can make it along to work with one of the most exciting writers in Scotland.


Five stars for Sub Rosa!

Opening night came and went, with a flurry of drama not only onstage but also off, in the form of a fire alarm! However, it seems this didn't spoil the enjoyment of the good ladies and gentlemen of the press - here's the verdicts already in:

David Leddy's gothic promenade piece around off limits nooks and crannies of the Citz always promised to be something special, and so it proves.
Metro *****

A tremendous cast of six, conjure up a guignol* of crime dipped in a theatricality that unerringly lures us in.
The Herald ****
(View full review online here )

* Ed note: Apologies if I'm the only one, but I had no idea about the reference to guignol, so for those of you in the dark like me... Def: an entertainment with horrifying dramatic intent. This comes from the French version of Punch and Judy and Guignol is the character name for their 'Punch'. It is also the name of a theatre in Paris, 'Grand Guignol'.

Photo by Tim Morozzo.

It's such a cliche to say that tickets are 'selling fast' but they really are in this case, so dont delay in getting yours! Call box office on 0141 429 0022 or go online at

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Sub Rosa - hot ticket!

Sub Rosa previewed last night to a sell-out audience - well, seven audiences actually! With seven performances a night and just 15 audience members in each tour this is a truly up-close and personal theatre experience.

Tickets are selling fast, with over half of our shows completely sold out, so if you've been swithering about getting yours then dont put it off any longer - book now!

We'll have a full selection of production images soon but in the meantime here's a few images as a teaser....

Cora Bissett and Angela Darcy as Mille and Dillie Merkeley in Sub Rosa.

David Magowan as Vaclav, the strongman, in Sub Rosa.

Photos by Tim Morozzo.

Remember - for tickets call 0141 429 0022 go online at

Friday, 16 January 2009

The New Not New - Manipulate

Some of you may have caught The New Not New during its first airing as a work in progress last year at the Citz. This beautiful and rather haunting show created by Ailie Cohen and directed by Guy Hollands, will feature as part of Puppet Animation Scotland's Manipulate Festival.

The New Not New will be at the Traverse Theatre as part of Snapshots : Creation & Play - "a cabaret, a scratch, a smorgasbord of beautiful, challenging and thought-provoking visual performance".

(based on "Ragtime" a short story by Anais Nin)
Traverse Theatre
7 February 2009, 9.30pm
Book online

To whet your appetite, here's the trailer for the festival:


Photos by Tim Morozzo

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Nightschool new term starts on Monday 19th

As I sit here in a busy Citz foyer for the first day of term for Kids @ Citz and Teenagers @ Citz, I thought I should post to remind you that Monday 19th will be the first day of the new term for Nightschool - our adult drama classes.

Both Level 1 and Level 3 are sold out, but I'm reliably informed that there are currently 3 spaces left in Level 2. Places are available to both returning participants and newcomers. The content will be brand new and hence previous Level 2 participants are very welcome to join us for some more drama fun.

Nightschool classes let you try your hand at acting using many of the fantastic texts from the Citizens repertoire. If you would like to join us, call 0141 429 0022.


Monday, 5 January 2009

A gothic start to the new year - Sub Rosa

All good things must come to an end, and with the Wizard of Oz finishing its fantastic run, we are delighted to say that over 23,000 people came to see the show and watch Dorothy on her adventure through Oz. We loved the show, as we hope, did you. Thanks to all who came along.

With the new year under way, we are already plunged head first into preparations for the new season. Brand new season brochures for January to June 2009 are available now from the theatre and distribution stands across the city.

Our first show of 2009 couldn't be more different than The Wizard of Oz. Sub Rosa is David Leddy's gothic victorian promenade show - taking you to the deepest darkest corners of a "disused" theatre. We sat through the excellent cast's first read through this morning and this one is absolutely not for the faint-hearted!

This co-production with David's Fire Exit, is a haunting, mournful, darkly comic (and at times graphic) story of murder and intrigue involving a motley crew of sopranos, chorus girls, strongmen and wig-makers.

This is sure to be one of the most haunting events ever to grace the Citizens Theatre. With only 15 spaces available for each performance it would be wise to book early. The show will run from 19-31 January with 8 performances per night (starting between 7-9.20pm). You can call 0141 429 0022 or book online.


Cast Includes: Cora Bissett, Angela Darcy, Louise Ludgate, David Magowan, Alison Peebles and Finlay Welsh.