Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Introducing The Citizens Dream Players

Six local amateur actors will be joining the Royal Shakespeare Company’s forthcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  

The Citizens Dream Players they will play the roles of the ‘Mechanicals’ when the production visits the Citizens Theatre between 29 March – 2 April 2016.
100 amateur actors from across Glasgow auditioned for the RSC in February 2015. From the wealth of Glasgow talent, The Citizens Dream Player have been formed. They will take on the roles of the 'Mechanicals', the under-prepared, yet loveable bunch of craftsmen and women who put themselves forward to entertain royalty at the end of the play.

Left to right: Bill Whiland (Snug, the Joiner), Emma Tracey (Starveling, the Tailor), David Scanlan (Quince, the Carpenter), Katy Thomson (Snout, the Tinker), Alistair Wales (Flute, the Bellows Mender) and Martin Turner (Bottom, the Weaver).
Bill Whiland, a former policeman has just started acting but it has always been a lifelong ambition to perform on stage.  
Glasgow born Emma Tracey is currently studying acting and performing at Glasgow Clyde College and has been acting since she was 10. 
David Scanlan from Paisley has been acting for four years and currently holds a BA in Commercial Music from University of Paisley. 
Both Katy Thomson and Alistair Wales began acting from an early age. Katy joined her local theatre group at age seven and Alistair has been acting since he was eight years old. Their roles as Flute and Snout will be the first time they have performed Shakespeare.  
Martin Turner has been acting in amateur productions for 40 years, the father of two has starred in A Midsummer Night’s Dream before as lover Demetrius and this will be his first time playing Bottom.

The group will perform alongside a cast of 18 professional actors and a professional creative team, led by RSC Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman.

A Midsummer Night’sDream: A Play for the Nation will visit 12 theatres in each region and nation of the UK between 17 February and 4 June 2016, and will involve 14 different amateur theatre companies.  In each theatre a different local amateur theatre company will play the Mechanicals, and local school children will take part as Titania’s fairy train.  
Tickets for A Midsummer Night’sDream are on sale now and available from or by calling the Box Office on 0141 429 0022.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Autumn season now on sale including a new musical featuring songs by Ricky Ross

We finish off our 70th anniversary year in grand style with a new musical written by Paul Higgins and featuring brand new songs by Deacon Blue singer and songwriter Ricky Ross. We're doubling up our helping of birthday cake to celebrate another historic anniversary with a trio of new productions inspired by the controversial, radical and risqué programming of the Close Theatre 1965 - 1973.

Clockwise from top left: Lanark, Progression 2015, Dragon, The Choir, Scarfed for Life.

The full autumn programme is now on sale and includes:

LANARK (14 – 17 August and 3 – 19 September)
A major new theatrical adaptation of Alasdair Gray’s most famous work. Lanark continues a collaboration between writer David Greig and director Graham Eatough which began with experimental theatre company Suspect Culture.

PROGRESSION 2015 (24 & 25 September)

Solar Bear take over the Citizens Theatre for two days of workshops, discussion and performance that celebrate theatre and performance that is accessible to deaf and hearing participants and audiences.

DRAGON (1 – 10 October)
A co-production between Vox Motus, National Theatre of Scotland and Tianjin Children’s Art Theatre, Dragon has won awards and critical acclaim for its extraordinary visual story, told without words, featuring puppetry, illusion and an original, rich orchestral score.

THE CHOIR (24 October –14 November)
The Choir is a funny, gritty but ultimately heart-warming musical play set in Wishaw about a group of strangers who come together, not always willingly, to sing in a community choir. Directed by Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill, written by Paul Higgins and features original songs written by Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross.

A programme of visceral, experimental and challenging work, rarely seen on the Scottish stage and inspired by the spirit and ethos of the original Close Theatre. Learn more about the Close in The Herald's interview with Artistic Director, Dominic Hill.

Lot and His God by Howard Barker (3 – 10 October)

A subversive re-telling of the ancient Old Testament tale of Lot and his wife and the fall of the city of Sodom. Directed by Debbie Hannan.

Striptease & Out At Sea by Słavomir Mrożek (17 – 24 October)
A double bill of surrealist drama with Vanishing Point founder and Artistic Director Matthew Lenton directing.

Vanya by Sam Holcroft (31 October – 7 November)
Fresh from his five-star production of Into That Darkness, Citizens Theatre Main Stage Director in Residence Gareth Nicholls directs an evocative response to Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.

RAPUNZEL (28 November –3 January)
Let down your hair! A funny, foolish, madcap festive show with a darkly mischievous side suitable for the whole family aged 6 and over.

Out of the building and on the road:
 SCARFED FOR LIFE (14 –22 August)
Citizens Learning take Scarfed For Life, a modern Scottish parable set against the backdrop of the first Celtic and Rangers clash of the season tours to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Òran Mór, Glasgow and Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock.

Fill your boots with fresh new theatre this autumn. You can save pounds for an extra ice cream at the interval on Family Tickets for Dragon and Rapunzel. Plus bag a bonus discount if you book for all the performances as part of Progression 2015 or Close Theatre Anniversary Season.

To book tickets for all the Citizens’ Autumn 2015 productions, and to find out more about the range concessions on offer, visit or call the Box Office on 0141 429 0022.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Not your average high school musical

The Dance School of Scotland return to the Citizens Theatre for its thirteenth year. Based in Knightswood Secondary School in Glasgow, the Dance School of Scotland provides free vocational training alongside a mainstream academic curriculum.

Photo by Andy Ross.

The school’s Musical Theatre students are bringing Godspell, by American lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz, to our main stage this month. First performed in 1971, Godspell is one of the iconic musicals of the decade. The show sets traditional hymns to modern music, with one of the songs, Day By Day, becoming a chart hit. The musical was so popular, a film version soon followed in 1973.

As well as contributing lyrics to a number of Disney animations, Stephen Schwartz created the phenomenal international hit, Wicked, an alternate view of the witches of The Wizard of Oz. But what remains most exciting about his early hit, Godspell, is as Stephen says “it is reinvented with each production.”

Thirty-five S5 and S6 pupils from the Dance School of Scotland will bring their own interpretation of the rock musical to the Citz under the direction of Graham Dickie in a brand new production. See how their preparations have been going in the video below.


10 - 13 JUNE 2015