Wednesday, 31 March 2010

A week of Russian theatre

This week we are presenting two very different plays by Russian writers, as part of Springboards, our collaboration with the RSAMD. Below are slideshows of images for the shows.

Plasticine is a mesmerising odyssey into the lower depths of present-day Russia.

Three Sisters is an epic family saga. One of Chekhov's most loved plays.

Both shows run until Sat 3 April.


Monday, 22 March 2010

Morecambe wins at Oliviers

As you may have spotted Morecambe won Best Entertainment at last night's prestigious Olivier Awards in London. Beating Derren Brown in the same category, writer Tim Whitnall joked in his speech that his competitor “Derren Brown did predict that Morecambe would win so thank you, Derren”. He went on to credit director Guy Masterson who “gave us all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order” and star Bob Golding who “has achieved one of the greatest performances I have ever seen in the West End”. But finally, it was “to Eric and Ernie that I dedicate our success”.

The show comes to the Citizens Theatre from 25-29 May. Here's a trailer for it, from its time at the Duchess Theatre.

You can see a full list of the winners from the Oliviers on The Stage.


Tuesday, 16 March 2010

The story and music of Chet Baker opens tonight

A Funny Valentine opens tonight at the theatre and runs until Saturday. This production from follows the intriguing story of talented jazz man Chet Baker. Here are a couple of clips from the show to whet your appetite.

Find out more about Chet Baker on BBC music. You can also hear producer Mike Maran talk about the show on today's Radio Cafe show on BBC Radio Scotland (from 1.15pm)...or listen again on iPlayer.


Des Clarke - at the Citz tonight

Check out Scottish star Des Clarke's many talents:

You can catch his big Homecoming at the theatre for our second night of comedy and mirth. He will be accompanied by former Scottish comedian of the year Scott Agnew and The Sketch Group "How do I get up there".


Monday, 15 March 2010

Rachel Corrie TalkBack announced (Tues 16 Mar)

To mark the 7th anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s death, tomorrow (Tue 16 March), we are holding a TalkBack in the Circle bar after the show.

This TalkBack is an open forum which will allow audiences past, present and future to participate in discussion arising from the play. Please come if you have questions about the production, the play or the themes of My Name Is Rachel Corrie. If you have a view point to share this is very welcome provided you are also prepared to hear other positions.

To take part, please come to the Circle bar straight after the show (about 9.30pm, if you are joining us only for the discussion).


Thursday, 11 March 2010

A week to make you lol

Next week we host a busy week of shows from the Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

We have Stewart Lee, Des Clarke, Chris Addison, Jenny Eclair, Shappi Khorsandi and Tam something to satisfy most comedic tastes.

I thought I'd point you in the direction of a few videos and articles that may help you decide if any of this is for you.

Hear Shappi Khorsandi talk about her early years in the Times Online, published last Sunday.

If you're on Twitter, you can follow @mrchrisaddison and @shappikhorsandi to get updates straight from the horse's mouth (no disrespect intended!).


Friday, 5 March 2010

Truly moving theatre

I thought I'd post a wee blog entry from my personal perspective. I saw Mairi Phillips perform My Name Is Rachel Corrie last night and was blown away. This is Mairi's debut one-woman show at the Citizens Theatre and what a debut!

Irrelevant of your political opinion, the fact that this play is made up entirely of Rachel's own words taken from journals, emails, web postings, answer-machine messages and letters, can't fail to move you. An incredibly articulate person, Rachel's words are frequently prophetic, often witty and always heartfelt. This brilliant portrait of a young girl and its account of a painful conflict is well worth watching.

This is also Ros Philips' Directorial debut at the Citizens and in the challenging space of the Stalls Studio, with an audience on two sides, Ros more than excels.

My Name Is Rachel Corrie is on until 20 March and is selling fast...bring tissues!


See more photos on Flickr.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Getting to know Rachel

It's been an enlightening and at times upsetting journey delving into the story of Rachel Corrie, but for both Ros Philips (Director) and Mairi Phillips (Actor) it's been a challenge they've enjoyed. We know that the conflict which forms the backdrop to this production is extremely contentious and understand that tensions are likely to run high surrounding it.

I grabbed a quick chat with Ros and Mairi to find out more about their perspectives on the production.

We're delighted to be Pick of The Week in the Sunday Herald, Sunday Times and Scotsman. This show has a very limited capacity, just 45 seats per night. So if you think it's something you'd like to come to, I'd recommend booking early.

My Name Is Rachel Corrie
Previews 2-3 March
Then runs 4-20 March