All of us at the Citizens Theatre were sad to hear the news this week of the death of theatre director Amanda Gaughan.
|Amanda Gaughan. Image from Playwrights' Studio Scotland
Amanda was at the Citizens as a Trainee Director in 2011- 12, when she worked on Dennis Kelly's After the End and Roman Bridge by Martin Travers. She recently worked again with Martin on Annville, his new play in Scots and English which was presented at the Citizens Theatre, and at New Lanark and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Amanda also directed a number of productions for the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh and the National Theatre of Scotland.
Martin Travers, our Learning Producer, said this of Amanda: "Amanda Gaughan was creatively fearless. She had a fiery desire to make great work and had a gift for understanding the all too human relationships in plays that make theatre dramatic and emotionally charged. She was a rare and precious talent. A Scottish female director that could deliver big plays onto main stages but was also brilliant when developing new writing – she could cut a new play like a jeweller cuts stones. We’ll miss her laugh and we’ll miss her smile and her energy and passion for life and theatre-making."
Everyone at the Citizens Theatre is thinking of Amanda's friends and families, and remembering the time that Amanda spent with us.