Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Press Reaction to The Girl in the Yellow Dress

Press and public reaction to The Girl in the Yellow Dress has been making its way to us from South Africa, and all is looking good.

Here are just a few of the comments we've spotted so far:

“it has you holding your breath to avoid missing the next moment.”
Cue, South Africa

“exquisitely written, performed and directed...a joy to watch”
Cue, South Africa

“This is a production that will satisfy and stay with audience members long after the lights have dimmed as the echoes of wisdom, humour and insight carry far into the night.”
Cue, South Africa

Read full review at Cue Magazine

"a brilliant, fascinating, dramatic and very clever production"
Read full review at artSMart

“One can’t help but think “very clever indeed” - communication beyond language, universal message, and a world beyond words.”
Herald, South Africa

“Though the play unearths the philosophical and psychological dimensions of love and sex, the narrative also serves as an allegory for relationships between the West and Africa. This is embodied not only in the differing racial and cultural identities of the two protagonists but the teacher-pupil dynamic, which speaks of the unequal power relations between the two conflicted cultures”.
Sunday Independent, South Africa

Photos of Marianne Oldham and Nat Ramabulana by Ruphin Coudyzer

Our Edinburgh Fringe shows at the Traverse Theatre are selling well and with initial reactions like these, we're keeping our fingers crossed that this will continue. If you are hoping to catch it at the festival, you should probably book early. If you can't make it to Edinburgh, you could wait until the Autumn to see it here at the Citizens. Info on both venues is available on our website.


Monday, 28 June 2010

Sub Rosa returns for Edinburgh Fringe

The Citizens Theatre is associated with more than one show at the Edinburgh Festival this year. David Leddy is remounting his award-winning Citizens co-production, Sub Rosa. This labyrinthine gothic tale is a striking and innovative piece of promenade theatre.

Re-created in association with the Citizens, David has transferred his play to the Masonic Lodge that is - Hill Street Theatre in Edinburgh. With a srtrictly limited capacity, we'd advise booking early. This is definitely one you'll be telling your friends about for quite a while.

Photography of original production at the Citizens, by Tim Morozzo.

A late-night gothic Victorian promenade for small audiences in a Masonic lodge, by award-winning 'theatrical maverick' (Financial Times) and 'site-specific genius' (Scotsman). A haunting, darkly comic tale of yet another chorus girl burning to death. Meet Flora McIvor and witness her meteoric rise to power in a corrupt music hall. Bloodthirsty coup or red velvet revolution? The management is getting away with murder...

"Haunting ... magnificent ... stunning" ***** (Scotsman)
"Ravishing ... chilling ... exquisite" **** (Guardian)
"Tremendous ... vivid" **** (Herald)
"Style, suspense, panache" ***** (Metro)
"Compelling ... brilliant ... cunningly seductive" **** (Financial Times)

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Thursday, 24 June 2010

Bard in the Botanics

The eagle-eyed amongst you, may have noticed Bard in the Botanics productions nestling in amongst our ticketing listings. That's because we act as the Box Office for this excellent annual Shakespeare festival.

Now in its 8th year, Bard in the Botanics presents at least 3 of Shakespeare's great plays in the outdoors (yes, that's right, I did say Scotland). The shows are presented in The beautiful surroundings of Glasgow's Botanic Gardens in the West End.

This year you can choose from:

Wed 23rd June - Sat 10th July
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Thurs 24th June - Fri 9th July
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Wed 14th July - Sat 31st July
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Tues 20th July - Sat 31st July
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“When Shakespeare's poetry is leaping off the page in such a gorgeous setting, then audiences can hardly fail to have a good time“
The Scotsman

Apart from Summer Academy for 4-15s throughout July and The Girl in the Yellow Dress at the Traverse throughout August, we are not promoting other shows at the Citizens until September, so we'd highly recommend getting along to Bard in the Botanics...especially if you're yet to experience this now classic Glasgow event.

You can buy tickets by phone (0141 429 0022) or in person at our Box Office, or online using the links above. Tickets can be purchased on the door (i.e. at Botanic Gardens), but there are no guarantees of availability.


Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Gorbals Fair 2010

Every year the Citz gets involved in the Gorbals Fair, our local community day of celebration. This year we had a stall in the St Francis Centre where you could pick up info about the coming season and our Gorbals Card.

Members of the Community Company borrowed costumes from Carnival Arts and grabbed attention as they took part in the parade.

They later sang in The St Francis Centre, making good use of the practice and great tunes they learned for The Grapes of Wrath.

You can see more pictures of the Citz at the The Gorbals Fair 2010 in this Flickr slideshow (all pics by Iain G Farrell).


Wednesday, 16 June 2010

The Girl in the Yellow Dress

The Girl in the Yellow Dress Rehearsals are well under way in South Africa. The team relocate to the UK at the end of July before the big launch at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Actors Marianne Oldham and Nat Ramabulana. Photo by Ruphin Coudyzer.

We spotted this great article in What's On SA, about the show. If you can make it along to the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh between 5-29 August, we'd love to have your support. Otherwise you can catch it in Newcastle from 6-19 Sept (we'll let you know when this is on sale) or back at the Citizens Theatre from 21 Sept - 9 Oct.

"Originally inspired by Ovid’s story Echo and Narcissus and psychoanalytic writings on narcissism, The Girl in the Yellow Dress is set in contemporary Paris and deals with the exchanges between Celia, a beautiful English teacher in her late twenties, and Pierre, her younger French-Congolese pupil."

Tickets for the Festival and the Citizens are on sale now:

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
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Box Office 0131 228 1404

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
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Box Office 0141 429 0022

I've posted a wee slideshow of some rehearsal pictures. You can also see these on Flickr.