Thursday, 24 September 2009

Shakespeare Shortz - time's running out

With only just over a day left, we are hoping to see a last minute flurry of submissions for Shakespeare Shortz. We would like you to record a wee clip of you "doing some Shakespeare". Don't worry about making this a big production. It's more about the taking part.

If you are having trouble uploading, just email Helen.

Here are a few recent submissions:

To take part, go to Shakespeare Shortz and just click post video response.


Friday, 18 September 2009

Citz enewsletter Sept 09

If you are signed up to our e-mailing list you will recently have received our September enewsletter. If you're not, you can see a copy online here.

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Friday, 11 September 2009

Second week at the Citz

Hi, I'm Mairi, the new trainee actor at the Citizens. I just thought I'd write a wee bit about how I got here, and what I've been up to so far...

In June I was coming to the end of my third year at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and I heard that the Citizens was looking for a graduating drama school student to work at the theatre for twelve months. I applied as soon as I heard, and after a couple of auditions (one in London, and one up here) I was offered the job. I was (and still am) over the moon to be given this opportunity, and after moving all my belongings back up to Scotland, and settling into my sister's flat, I am now at the end of my second week at the theatre.

I can't believe I've been here for a fortnight already, the time has flown by. In my first week I watched the Young Company rehearse for the Rosey Project, which I understand went down extremely well when they performed it last week at Hampden. I've also seen rehearsals for Lend Me Your Ears, which I loved being part of, and really can't wait to meet the rest of the cast next week.

As I'll be playing Bianca in Othello, and one of the step sisters in Cinderella, I was invited to a couple of the production meetings. It has really struck me how much work goes into the shows before the actors even have their first read through, how much careful planning goes on, and how hard everyone has to work together to ensure everything runs smoothly.

I've just had a call from Elaine in Wardrobe about measurements , so I'm going to have to nip up and see her now, will write again once rehearsals have begun for Othello...

Cheers, Mairi x

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Fringe fun comes to an end....

August… one month, two awards and seven 4 and 5 star reviews - not bad going!

On Sunday our Edinburgh fringe run of acclaimed show The Sound of my Voice came to a close, but it ended on a high with Billy Mack scooping the Best Actor award from The Stage for his moving portrayal of Morris Magellan.

This followed hot on the heels of Michele Gallagher picking up a Little Devil at the previous weekend's The Herald Angels award ceremony, awarded for demonstrating the true spirit of the old adage 'the show must go on' when she stepped into the role only six days before the show previewed! (Read her blog below).

Michele and Billy at the Angels' ceremony.

During the run we were delighted to receive a gaggle of 5 star reviews from Three Weeks, Onstage Scotland and the British Theatre Guide as well as 4 star reviews from Edinburgh Guide, AlltheFestivals, Fest and The List.

The cast and crew have all had a fantastic time and are now enjoying a well earned rest. Thankyou to everyone who came along to support us through in ‘the other city' - if you saw the show we'd really love to know what you thought, to tell us just click here.