Thursday, 27 May 2010

"Some shy, some crazy, some nervous, some bold"

The Community Company are not content with just one Grapes of Wrath poem, oh no. Here's Karen Caird's excellent poem about her experiences.


The ‘Grapes of Wrath’ and the rehearsal plan A logistical nightmare, for woman and man.
That woman and man, being Elly and Neil
Our directors, our captains, of this ship and its keel.
A cast of many, from young to old,
Some shy, some crazy, some nervous, some bold.
From prologue to end and scene twenty five, It’s a Goddamn wonder, that we’ll all survive.
Rosa keeps tabs, are you free are you not?
I can do Friday and that’s yer lot!
Some can do Monday and Thursdays are best, Tuesdays are out, oh, to hell with the rest.
We all pull together, filling in where we can, The story develops, bout crossing the lan’
The Joads, the Jalopy and the dust bowl curse, Ma, pa, the kids and a big empty purse!
There’s sadness and laughter and weakness and strength, A family united, to travel this length.
Dancing and singing to Scott and his band, Guitar and washboard, ukulele in hand.
We watch and we wonder, we prepare for our show, It opens this week. How will it go?
We’ve practiced each scene; we all know our bits, This Community Cast of the Wonderful Citz.

Karen Caird

Brilliant Karen...thanks! By the way, I added some extra photos to the Grapes of Wrath set on Flickr today. Check the out here.


Thursday, 20 May 2010

A Snapshot of Britain exhibition

As you probably know we ran a photography competition in the run up to One Million Tiny Plays About Britain. This received a brilliant response from the public. We had 123 entries, which can be viewed on our Flickr Group - Tiny Plays.

We managed to get permission from a bunch of the photographers to print and display their work at the theatre, so if you are coming along to see the show you will get the chance to peruse the exhibition.

Due to the nature of the show the exhibition is difficult to view beforehand, but don't worry, you will be able to take your time on the way out.

One Million Tiny Plays About Britain runs from 18 May - 5 June 2010.


Capturing the mood

The Grapes of Wrath is an epic family drama played out against the backdrop of 1930s Depression era USA. The production has captured this mood brilliantly and having just received some production photos, we're really happy that this has come through in the photos as well.

The show's Director Neil's first word was "sublime" on seeing the photos. Let's see if you agree...

In case you can't see this slideshow, you can see all the pictures on Flickr.

I've also just posted a wee video of one of the band practices on YouTube. This features Otti playing the saw!


Monday, 17 May 2010

An ode to The Grapes of Wrath

Our Community Company are an exceedingly talented bunch, they not only excel in acting, but as you'll see if you're coming to the show this week, also in music.

But their talents don't stop there; company stalwart Patricia, who is an avid writer, penned the following poem during the run up to The Grapes of Wrath:

Blind by the dust's choking,
We had to keep moving along.
A prayer in our heart we'd keep hoping
That the family'd survive and be strong.

Thousands of us travelled on nothing,
2,000 miles or more.
Just wanted the chance to be working,
Feed our country as we had done before.

Unlike the cattle that eat up our rich grazing land,
We were driven but we weren't fed.
Hundreds born along the way,
But much more of us starved and dead.

By Patricia Preston
(who is playing Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath).

The show runs for 5 performances only this week from Wed 19 - Sat 22 June. Here's a slideshow of some rehearsal photos to whet your appetite.


Tuesday, 11 May 2010

And the winner is...

Firstly, thank you so much to everyone who took part in our Snapshot of Britain photography competition. In the end we had 123 entries. Without further ado, I can announce that the winner is Moochin Photoman with this brilliant shot entitled "Sure the shap's round the corner":

© Moochin Photoman

The winners were chosen by a group made up of The Director, Cast and Stage Manager for One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, as well as the Citizens Theatre Marketing Team.

We were supposed to only choose 2 runners up, but couldn't quite agree. There were so many brilliant shots that encapsulated modern Britain. So in the end we opted for 3 runners up:

"These Are Our Lives" by TGKW


"Egilsay Mail Box" by fabio.sassi

© fabio.sassi

"Workies" by Naked_Dave

© Naked_Dave

All winners will be contacted directly to get their prizes. You can see the full slideshow of entrants here.

We are hoping to display as many entries as possible in the theatre during the run of One Million Tiny Plays About Britain. We hope you can come along and enjoy even more portraits of modern Britain.

Thanks again to everyone!!