Friday, 29 January 2010

TV appearance for Dan and Andy

Actors Andrew Knott and Daniel Healy, were invited onto STV's evening magazine show, The Hour yesterday to discuss their roles as John Lennon and Paul McCartney in Backbeat. This was aired at 5pm, when frankly, most of us are still working, so here's the link to watch again.

They're the very first segment on the show, so just watch from part 1. If you stick with it, you'll hear Dan's gorgeous rendition of A Taste of Honey.


P.S. Happy birthday to Andy's daughter Rain from all of us at the Citz.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

What a week!

It's been a crazy week at the Citizens Theatre, the Backbeat cast and crew finally relocated to Glasgow. They've settled into their accommodation, figured out where the Gorbals is(!), and ploughed ahead with rehearsals.

After a hearty welcome drink on Monday night, some of the cast even stayed late to watch last night's Young Co. performance. Tonight, if you're in Glasgow, get down to McChuill's on High St for 9pm to hear the boys in the band perform a free practice gig. Then you can tell folk you've seen The Beatles!

The backstage team are currently working round the clock to get the auditorium ready for what's turning out to be a huge show. Our scenic artists are painting through the wee small hours and I've never seen so many sweaty men running round the building!

Audio/Visual Delights

In preparation for her role as iconic 60s photographer Astrid Kirchherr; Isabella Calthorpe has been snapping away throughout the London rehearsals. You can see her images on Flickr.

I have just got a couple of audio tracks from the show; the full band doing Roadrunner and a beautiful version of A Taste of Honey by Daniel Healy.



Finally you can check out some more behind the scenes footage of Alex and Daniel having a last minute pre-gig practice. See more videos on YouTube.

If you haven't got your tickets yet, you can call 0141 429 0022 or book online.


Tuesday, 26 January 2010

An evening of Neil LaBute plays - trailer

From 16-20 Feb, Dialogue Productions will be at the Citizens Theatre with their Triple Bill of Neil LaBute plays. Combining the premiere of his latest work - The Furies - with two previous hits Helter Skelter and Land of the Dead, this should be great night of contemporary American theatre.

Find out more.

Here's a sneak preview of the shows which will feature Stuart Laing (Eastenders), Patrick Driver (The Office) and Frances Grey (River City):


Thursday, 21 January 2010

Alan Bissett YouTube clip

Just found this clip of Alan Bissett in character as Moira from The Moira Monologues. Alan's double-bill of this play along with The Ching Room comes to the Citz in February.

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"The sort of scatalogically amoral attitude to drugs not seen since Trainspotting mania was at its height."

**** The Herald


Thursday, 7 January 2010

Hair today...gone tomorrow

For us yesterday was just another cold day at the office, but for actress Isabella Calthorpe, it was a very big day as she faced the hairdressers scissors to get her hair cropped short - for the very first time. All this in preparation for her big role as Astrid Kirchherr in Backbeat, which opens at the Citz on 9 Feb.

Isabella who is recognisable in glamourous London circles for her gorgeous long blonde hair, was fortunate enough to have the whole affair managed by top Vidal Sassoon, Creative Director, Mark Hayes. Boyfriend Sam Branson (son of Richard) has by all accounts lent his support to the dramatic cut.

Seriously boys...these things can be traumatic for us.

Well done lady, we think it's great!

This famous self-portrait of Astrid shows the likeness Isabella has achieved.

Photos: Rex Features


Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Backbeat cast

The cast for our World Premiere of Backbeat has been announced.

John Lennon's best friend, and original Beatles bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe will be played by RADA trained Alex Robertson. Taking on the role of John Lennon is original History Boy Andrew Knott, who is also recognisable as Dirtbox from BBC's Gavin and Stacey. Emerging Actress Isabella Calthorpe plays enigmatic German photographer Astrid Kirchherr. Paul McCartney is played by Scottish actor and talented musician Daniel Healy. The baby of the band, George Harrison will be played by Jamie Blackley, while original Beatles drummer Pete Best is portrayed by Oliver Bennett. Read the full cast press release.

Throughout December the band have been rehearsing, even squeezing in a small gig in London. Photographer Nobby Clark met the band to take some exclusive shots.