Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Great Scottish Run - road disruptions

Weekly Drama Classes recommence this weekend. On Sunday 2 September, the Great Scottish Run will be happening in Glasgow and as such there are a lot of road disruptions to be aware of in planning your journey to us.

I have snapped the relevant official info from Great Scottish Run, so you can figure out how your journey is affected. Please note that parking elsewhere and walking to the Citz is likely to be the best option.

Don't forget to leave extra time getting here or collecting!

Favourite Scottish Characters

A recent Tam O'Shanter competition in our enews asked subscribers to tell us their favourite Scottish characters from stage and screen. The list of initial entries threw up a whole host of great names including a few heroes from real life.

It was such a nice varied bunch, we thought we'd some of the list for you to see.

WHO WOULD YOU PICK? Let us know.

Elizabeth Gordon Quinn (as my mum would say 'She's all fur coat and nae knickers!)
Mrs Doubtfire
Amy Pond from Dr Who
Lady Macbeth when played as strong  female, with own career ambitions, using Macbeth and others around her as her toys of destruction
Rab C. Nesbitt because he always made my Scottish parents laugh when I was growing up in Cheshire.
Dr Finlay
Magrit from The Steamie
Suzy Kettles from Tutti Frutti
Sir Harry Lauder
Peter Mullan
Chris Guthrie from Grassic Gibbon’s “Sunset Song”
Para Handy (played by Roddy McMillan)
Billy Connolly
Danny McGlone (Robbie Coltrane of the Majestics)
Gregory from Gregory's Girl
Johnny Beattie
Mr Clockerty from Tutti Frutti
Private Frazer from Dads Army
Merida from “Brave”
Father Chambers (Gerard Kelly) from Ae Fond Kiss

Gerry Mulgrew's Tam O'Shanter comes to the Citz fresh from Fringe glory from 11-15 September. Click on the show to find out more and read reviews.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Citz next stop for Fringe sensation

You may have noticed that we’re taking a break from the Fringe this year; if you’ve not had the chance to head through to Edinburgh to soak up the festival atmosphere, fear not as a slice of the festival will be coming to the Citz in September.

We’ve been checking out the rave reviews of Gerry Mulgrew’s revamped version of Tam O’Shanter from the Fringe and we can’t wait to see this hilarious, rowdy musical reinvention that has wowed Festival audiences.

“...this rollicking, joyful (cautionary) tale is a rambunctious masterclass in Fringe revelry.” Big Issue ★★★★★

Boisterous, bawdy and brimming with energy, the show celebrates Robert Burns’s work and the ‘bletherin’, blusterin’, drunken blellum’ we all know and love. Expect to get caught up in the show’s infectious enthusiasm!

“Gerry Mulgrew's all-singing all-dancing production subsequently proves as intoxicating as the liquor that fuels the hapless Tam...” The Herald ★★★★

So, if like Tam you enjoy a rip-roaring night out then this raucous and riotous production may be the one for you this autumn.

Check out the Tam O’Shanter page for more reviews.

Tue 11 – Sat 15 September

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Autumn Post Show Discussions

So far, we have two confirmed Post Show Discussions planned for the Autumn. We love letting our audiences in on the theatre-making process, plus this season you get to meet the real-life inspiration for the incredible true story of Glasgow Girls.

So, why not stay after the show for some fascinating chat and the chance to pose your own questions.

Thu 11 October
Our Creative Learning Officer, Louise Brown, will lead a discussion with the Assistant Director of Medea, delving into the fascinating process involved in bringing a new version of a Greek Classic to the stage. 

Main Auditorium
Free with a ticket for the show

Thu 8 November
An opportunity to meet some of the real Glasgow Girls on which the production is based and hear an expert panel explore some of the issues in the show and answer questions from the audience. With input from the Scottish Refugee Council and Glasgow Girls director Cora Bissett.

Main Auditorium
Free with a ticket to see the show

DISCOVER more about all of our productions, through workshops, pre and post show discussions, films, photos and resources. More info

Friday, 3 August 2012

Festival hits return to the Citz

The Edinburgh Fringe kicks off today, but we are taking a break from the festivals this year.

We've had a great run in recent years including Yellow Moon, The Sound of My Voice, The Girl in the Yellow Dress and The Monster in the Hall.

In September, we're pretty excited to welcome the return of David Greig's two super-slick festival hits to the Citz; the National Theatre of Scotland will present our productions of Yellow Moon and The Monster in the Hall from 6-22 September.

If you've not seen these shows before, they were both written to be performed in an intimate studio space by 4 actors and pretty much no props or set. Both shows have scooped awards, toured internationally and generally blown audiences away!

Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee is a modern Bonnie and Clyde tale about two teenagers on the run

"Outstanding…leaves you feeling as though you’ve watched a full-length road movie, with added intimacy and intensity." 
The Scotsman ★★★★★ on Yellow Moon

The Monster in the Hall is a low budget indie comedy musical about a girl on the verge of a nervous breakdown played out by four actors and a big fat motorbike which goes vrrooommm.

"a tightly drilled ensemble, passionate, playful and yet serious, gripping us one minute, cracking us up the next, before melting our hearts”
The Guardian ★★★★ on The Monster in the Hall 

On Sat 8, 15 and 22 September the two shows will both be performed on the same evening.

SEE BOTH FOR £20 - includes the double-bills or individual performances booked on separate nights. Call Box Office 0141 429 0022 or book online.

In the meantime, if you are heading through to the festival, despite the Citz not being there, our Artistic Director has been working with young actors on an exciting musical for the Fringe.

Dominic Hill is directing The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's One Company Productions in Stephen Sondheim's "Company" at C venues from 1-27 August. Book on the EdFringe website.

Here's a wee clip from YouTube of some of the tunes from rehearsals:
Company in 1 Minute - Band Call

Photos by Tim Morozzo