Friday, 27 February 2009

Only When I laugh...

Hot on the heels of Charlie Lawson and Emma Cunniffe, we will have yet more telly faces gracing our boards this month, as Jack Shepherd, from TV's Wycliffe and more recently the feature film The Golden Compass, brings his wry new comedy to the Citz.

A fond homage to the variety acts that Shepherd remembers from his childhood, it also features Nicky Henson (fresh from a stint in Eastenders as Jack Edwards) and Jim Bywater (best known as Mr Trimble).

For a full interview with Jack Shepherd on his first experiences of the music hall click here .

To book call 0141 429 0022 or online at


Thursday, 26 February 2009

Exclusive interviews with the creative team behind Edward Gant....

When Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness opens next week it brings a world of adult fairytales, recreated in a series of mystical locations – both real and abstract! Below are a few words from the people whose creative vision has brought these extraordinary stories to life:


How did you come across the script?
I worked with Anthony as assistant director in Plymouth in 2002. When we started rehearsal there was no script, when we finished there was. We would tell stories and discuss issues in rehearsal that have fed into the work. I can still remember the initial seeds of the ideas forming from apparently unconnected anecdotes.

What made you want to stage this show?
It combines the things I love in live performance. It is incredibly funny, deeply irreverent and strangely moving. Also it is a piece that many people have never seen before.

What inspiration will you be drawing on for the piece?
The most inspiring elements of any play should be the script and the actors. They will be the main sources. In design terms we have looked at lots of Victorian images and tried to view the world from that perspective. The colonial, empire proud, showman and his troop.

What is the most challenging aspect in bringing this show to the stage?
Some of the stage directions are extreme and take a lot of inventiveness. But the main challenge will be to make it funny and moving. They do not always go hand in hand without a fight.

Would you ever compare this production to a “freak show?”
Never. In Gant’s own words...
'But what I bring you now is no mere Freak Show. You will gasp, yes, and you will marvel and you will see your share of grotesquerie. But the deformities on show this evening are not the deformities of the frame, but those of the heart and mind.'

Will there be a lot of music involved in the production? If so, what kinds?
Yup. Lots of incidental underscores and a couple of numbers. All in the period. All apparently played within the world of the play.

Who is your favourite of Gant’s characters?
The Oyster, named Martine.

What makes Edward Gant such an amazing character?
His confidence in what he does. And ultimately his human vulnerability.


Where has your design inspiration come from?
I looked a lot at Victorian Theatre and Magic, Fairground Art and The Circus. ‘…Gant’ is an intoxicating blend of all of these forms of entertainment. On a wider scale, I looked at old maps and astrology – the shapes and forms that are associated with these subjects and how they could fit in with the structure of a Victorian proscenium arch theatre.

Was it challenging to design a show that involves such bizarre characters and situations?
Every brief has its own challenges – sometime those that require the least are often the hardest and most laborious. The joy of ‘Gant…’ is that the Designer is allowed to run riot, be indulgent, relish the extravagance of the period and have fun! Perhaps that’s what is challenging about it – you don’t know when to stop.

Edward Gant...' opens tonight at The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. We are the only Scottish venue for this touring show. For more info on the show click here or to book tickets call 0141 429 0022 or online at

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Roll Up! Roll Up!

Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness will be coming to town in just a few weeks time, with a freakshow of the heart and mind. Witness a series of bizarre and beautiful theatrical vignettes telling the stories of, amongst others; Sanzonetta, the Pimple-Faced Girl; the mystical Ranjeev the Uncomplicated; and the terrifying Phantom of the Dry.

Edward Gant has a eminently recognisable cast including Emma Handy, who is a regular lead character in Wire in the Blood and has appeared in Vincent in Brixton and Iris, and Simon Kunz whose numerous TV appearances inlcude Al Murray’s Personality Disorder, Green Wing, Spaced as well as film credits that inlcude Woody Allan's MatchPoint and Four Wedding and a Funeral. Between then the rest of the cast also boast appearances in Doctor Who, Prime Suspect and Mike Leigh's Topsy Turvy!

We've got some shots below from rehearsals and if that's not enough to intriuige you, then I dont know what will!!


For tickets call 0141 429 0022 or go online at

A trip to the hairdressers

Keltro hairdressers on Gorbals Street, had some very interesting visitors recently, when they let the marketing team of the Citz descend with Educating Rita stars Charles Lawson and Emma Cunniffe for a press photocall. The cast kindly re-created the iconic hair cut scene from the play.

Thank you to both Emma and Charlie for their patience and a special thanks to all the staff (and clients) in Keltro who let us invade the salon!


Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Fringe First winner - Paperweight opens tonight

Tonight the fantastic Fringe hit Paperweight comes to the Citizens Theatre. This sell out show from the Edinburgh Festival 2008, will be at the Citz from 17-21 February.

This is the absurd story of two men trapped in mindless office jobs (something which may resonate with many!). An almost silent comedy this show is well worth checking out. It has received 4 stars from The Metro, Scotsman, Financial Times and Herald.

I'm going tonight and can't wait!


Monday, 16 February 2009

A great start to the week

We were delighted to read two fantastic 4 star reviews this morning for Educating Rita, which opened on Friday to a packed house at the Citizens Theatre. Spontaneous applause punctuated a great night. Both The Herald and The Metro agree that both Emma and Charlie are on top form in Willy Russell's immaculately written classic. The Herald said:

“Coronation Street stalwart Charles Lawson puts in a strong performance as disillusioned lecturer Frank, earning laughs…but in the play's quieter moments capturing the conflicting emotions of a man in crisis.”

“Emma Cunniffe is both utterly charming as the fledgling student Rita, a chattering bundle of nervous energy and determination, and also convincing as the self-assured young woman who eventually discards that name.”

You can book your tickets online or call 0141 429 0022.

Photo by Eamonn McGoldrick

If you've already seen Rita, or just fancy a night in this Friday (20th), make sure you tune your telly to STV (or ITV1) at 9pm to see The Citz feature as a location for some psychic goings-on in Taggart.

We're reliably informed that the episode "Cold Reader", in which the theatre features, is due to be aired this Friday, although I can't find mention of it yet on the Taggart homepage.


P.S. You can see DS Jackie Reid (Blythe Duff), on stage at the Citz in the latest NTS production Be Near Me from 25 March - 4 April...If that's not exciting enough, she's co-starring with none other than Emperor Palpatine (Iain McDiarmid) from Star Wars!

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

My Clydeside Valentine Photos

As a sneak preview to My Clydeside Valentine, which opens tonight, here are a few photos. Click here for more info.

Photos by Tim Morozzo


Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Charles Lawson on STV's The Five Thirty Show

Charlie Lawson, who will appear in Educating Rita when it opens this Friday, was on last Friday's Five Thirty Show on STV. To hear the inside scoop on working at the Citz, Educating Rita and of course, Corrie - all staight from the horses mouth - you can watch again here.

Photo by Eamonn McGoldrick

If you haven't got your tickets yet, it's not too late - call 0141 429 0022 or go online at


Thursday, 5 February 2009

Educating Rita: in rehearsal

Hi everyone,

It's just one week to go until Educating Rita opens and we've managed to get a few snaps of the cast in rehearsal for you. You'll probably recognise both faces below - Charlie Lawson a.k.a. Coronation St's Jim McDonald and Emma Cunniffe who, amongst other things, was in Jimmy McGovern's The Lakes for the BBC.

Photos by Eamonn McGoldrick.

Book your tickets online for Educating Rita here or call 0141 429 0022.

My Clydeside Valentine Soundtrack

Next week's show from the Citizens Community Company has a soundtrack to rival Pulp Fiction...OK, it's not quite Quentin Tarantino standard, but we think it's pretty good.

May You Never John Martyn
When a Man Loves a Woman Percy Sledge
I Wanna Know What Love Is Foreigner
Good Morning Heartache Billie Holliday
The Look of Love Dusty Springfield
Are You Lonesome Tonight? Elvis Presley
Hound Dog Elvis Presley
Love is a Many Splendoured Thing Henry Mancini
Close To You The Carpenters
It Must Be Love Labi Siffre
Loving You Minnie Ripperton
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose Robert Burns
I Can’t Get No Satisfaction Rolling Stones
Copacabana Barry Manilow
Shang-a-Lang Bay City Rollers
Love is in the Air John Paul Young
My Funny Valentine Elvis Costello

I had planned on creating a public playlist on iTunes, but apparently you have to own all the tracks and I just don't think I can bring myself to purchase Shang-a-Lang. Although admittedly I do already have Barry Manilow in my collection!

If this lots grabs you, just wait til you see the show!


Wed 11 - Sat 14 February 2009

Be Near Me trailer

In March and April this year, the National Theatre of Scotland's touring production of Be Near Me will come to the Citizens Theatre. This co-production with Donmar Warehouse will run from 25 March - 4 April.

Celebrated Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars) has adapted, and stars in this stage version of the book by Andrew O'Hagan. Here's a trailer to whet your appetite:


Wednesday, 4 February 2009

A Valentines treat

If you haven't noticed already, next Saturday is St Valentine's Day. If you haven't planned anything yet for your loved one, then we have the perfect show for you. My Clydeside Valentine runs from 11-14th February in the Circle Studio.

This is the Community Company's first show since their sell-out Wicked Christmas 3. Delivered in a similar format, the evening consists of theatre and song interwoven in a variety of scenes that will make you laugh and cry.

In typical Community Company style, the offerings are diverse and set the perfect tone for a fine night of entertainment. Plus another guest appearance from cult Glasgow character "The Wee Man" should result in much hilarity!

If you've never seen a Community Company show and want to know what they're like, read A View From The Stalls' review of Wicked Christmas.

There are shows each night at 7.30pm but a special late night show on Saturday at 9.30pm, giving you plenty of time to book a nice romantic meal.

Call 0141 429 0022 to book.