Tuesday, 29 November 2011

In rehearsal - a Director's-eye-view

Guy Hollands continues his photo-blogging from the Hansel and Gretel rehearsal room. It's first preview this weekend!


More photos from behind the scenes:
In rehearsal 1
In rehearsal 2

Friday, 25 November 2011

In rehearsal - more snapshots

Some more behind the scenes Hansel and Gretel snaps from Director Guy Hollands:

David Carlyle and Gemma McElhinney enjoying rehearsals

Jim Sturgeon enjoying not been trapped in a cage.
Inspired by Mr Hollands, here's my contribution. I spotted this up in wardrobe:

See more of Guy's snapshots.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Programme Design Winner!

A huge thank you to everyone who entered this year's primary schools' programme design competition - for Hansel and Gretel. Below are the 6 finalists.

The Winner - Emma Hay (from St Barbaras) was chosen by a panel made up of Guy Hollands (Director), representatives from Glasgow Dine Around (show sponsors) including Ryan James from The Buttery and Natalie Maynard from Malmaison Brassarie; as well as Cat McNaught (Marketing Manager).

Her design will grace the cover of every programme for this year's Christmas show. Well done Emma!
WINNER: Emma Hay (10) St Barbaras PS
Laila Begum (9) Ibrox PS
Anna Campbell (10) St Conrads PS
Katie McGowan (11) St Barbaras PS
Caley McGuinness (p6) Ibrox PS
Louise Paterson (10) St Bartholomews PS
Book a Glasgow Dinearound £15.95 dinner throughout November and be entered into a competition to win a VIP family day out. More info.

He hasn't forgotten about us!

OK, I admit that must be one of the cheesiest blog post titles I've ever written, but I couldn't resist. For those of you who aren't on Facebook, you'll not have seen the rather wonderful praise we received recently from none other than Simple Minds' frontman Jim Kerr.

"In Glasgow I always try to get to the Gorbals and the Citizen's Theatre. During my teenage years I was almost as passionate about the "The Citz" as I was about going to rock concerts. Good to see that the great work continues and the present "A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg" is testimony to that. The building has much charm and an atmosphere of the type that I miss. Small venues? Hmmm. Now there is a thought?"

Jim Kerr
Simple Minds Official Facebook Page

Thanks Jim!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

In rehearsal - snapshots

A theatre is a fascinating place to work. We are privileged to see lots of interesting and often, quite strange things in the course of our daily lives. Throughout the year, it's not unusual to walk past giant sweeties, suits of armour, a hot air balloon basket, a jalopy, a fat suit or any number of crazy props and costumes backstage.

During rehearsals for Hansel and Gretel, Director Guy Hollands will be snapping some of the things that catch his eye.

Inpired by this rich creative environment and armed with our favourite photographic app Hipstamatic, we'll be posting some random backstage shots to give you a flavour of what we see behind the scenes.

We hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Opening night is over...but the work has just begun

Ever wondered what happens once a show opens? We don't just sit back and put the feet up (that goes for marketing & production). Assistant Director Richard Lavery blogs about the show from his perspective behind the scenes: 

The play has opened. Audiences have poured in and poured back out. Reviewers have scribbled notes and typed up opinions. Congratulatory glasses have been toasted, clinked and downed. A Day in the Death of Joe Egg has opened to a fantastic wave of press and intense audience debate. As it did in 1967, right here in the Citz.

 As you can imagine the work doesn’t stop on press night. The team go from the spread out and relaxed in comparison work of rehearsals to the concentrated and pressured work of performance. With everyone from stage management, lighting, flying, sound and the actors now arranging their days to a very specific deadline. With each day no longer having any margin for error, as there is only one chance a day to get the job right or all the prep has gone for nothing.

During the run it is a difficult and finely balanced thing to keep the performance exciting and fresh for each new audience every night. So for the actors there is a constant reappraisal of the work that has been done, going on every night. At the same time the director or assistant director is watching and tweaking the show to refine it, making it stronger the further into the run the show goes.
And as you may imagine tweaking a solid show can be very difficult and dangerous. As you constantly risk ruining the show with the wrong suggestion at the wrong time and throwing the whole show off-kilter. By changing the smallest thing one actor does, it can ripple out and either throw the other actors off or change the meaning of a whole section of the play. It’s the most exciting and infuriating thing about theatre, it’s always live, always changing and always teetering on the edge of disaster! That’s of course were the skills of the team come in to keep the show getting better.

We’re now in the last week of the show and the pressure is on for us to make the audiences last chance to see A Day in the Death of Joe Egg here as fantastic as we can. I’ve no doubt that it will be.

Assistant Director

Until 12 November
This is the very last week of Joe Egg, so there's only 5 more chances to see the show. Call 0141 429 0022 or book online.