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NEWS: CITIZENS THEATRE ANNOUNCES FULL SPRING 2018 SEASON LISTINGS

The Citizens Theatre has announced details of the final season to be presented at its home at 119 Gorbals Street before work commences on a major redevelopment of the iconic Glasgow venue.

Prior to the Citizens Theatre Company temporarily moving out of its premises next summer, it will mount a full spring programme ending in May 2018. The theatre will then stage work across Glasgow for the duration of its multi-million pound project to transform the Gorbals theatre. Further details on this project are available from citz.co.uk/press.

Following the announcement earlier this year of a co-production with HOME Manchester of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, the theatre has released full listings for this eclectic Spring 2018 season, which goes on sale today.

The Spring 2018 season will include:

  • Bold Girls: A timely revival of Rona Munro’s award winning play. Former River City star Deirdre Davis leads an all-female cast in this hilarious and poignant story of love, friendship and betrayal, set in working class Belfast against the backdrop of the Troubles.
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night: A seminal work of 20th century American drama, Dominic Hill directs Eugene O’Neill’s play about the struggles of the Tyrone family in a Citizens Theatre co-production with HOME Manchester.
  • A Night to Remember: As the Citizens Theatre Company prepares to temporarily move out of its Gorbal home, this community production takes audiences back in time to the building’s origins as the Royal Princess’s Theatre for an evening of variety set on one eventful night in 1918.
  • Andrea Dunbar’s landmark semi-autobiographical play Rita, Sue and Bob Too presented by Out of Joint, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Royal Court Theatre.
  • A full programme of innovative work will be presented in the intimate setting of the Circle Studio, following the success of The Macbeths and Lampedusa in autumn 2017.

 

 A Citizens Theatre production

BOLD GIRLS (Wed 24 Jan – Sat 10 Feb)

MAIN THEATRE
By Rona Munro
Directed by Richard Baron

Belfast in the early 1990s. Against a backdrop of gunfire and police raids, four women whose lives have been turned upside down by the Troubles carry on with everyday life. But what starts out as a riotous night out, leads to the spilling of some very sobering truths in the early hours. Packed with abrasive humour, Bold Girls is a story of love, friendship and betrayal.

Rona Munro, whose trilogy The James Plays – written for the National Theatre of Scotland – was a recent international hit, burst onto the scene in 1991 with this celebration of women’s lives in West Belfast.

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Company of Wolves present
ACHILLES (Tue 23 Jan – Sat 27 Jan)

CIRCLE STUDIO
Created and Performed by Ewan Downie

Glasgow theatre company Company of Wolves re-imagines the myth of Achilles in a heart-stopping solo performance by Ewan Downie.

Achilles tells the story of the greatest hero of the Greeks during the Trojan War: how his best friend is killed by the champion of the Trojans, his desperate grief, and his terrible vengeance.  A fusion of storytelling, dance and song, Achilles is a story of a man’s exorcism: a burning out of his vulnerability, his rage, and his humanity.

Supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland in association with Platform, Dance House and Citizens Theatre. This performance will be part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival in 2018 produced by Puppet Animation Scotland.

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Out of Joint, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Royal Court Theatre present
RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO (Tue 13 Feb – Sat 17 Feb)

MAIN THEATRE
By Andrea Dunbar
Directed by Kate Wasserberg

Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling each of them think they control.

Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play, written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an uncompromising future, both hungry for adult adventure.

Told with wicked humour, startling insight and a great ear for dialogue, Rita, Sue and Bob Too was adapted into a cult 80s film.

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Wonder Fools in association with Brunton Theatre present
549: SCOTS OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR (Tues 13 Feb – Sat 17 Feb)

CIRCLE STUDIO
By Jack Nurse and Robbie Gordon
Directed by Jack Nurse

  1. In villages, towns and cities across Scotland, 549 lives are gradually intertwining. People of contrasting backgrounds, ideologies and religions. Spurred on by their burning passion for equality and freedom, they will form the Scottish ranks of the Spanish Civil War’s legendary International Brigade.

This true story follows four miners from the streets of East Lothian to the valleys of Spain. They gave up everything they knew: for a land they did not know; for a people they had never met; and for a cause they believed was right.

549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War, a new play with songs and storytelling, is a timely insight into one of Scotland’s almost forgotten conflicts.

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Firebrand in co-production with The Byre Theatre and Heart of Hawick present
THE MATCH BOX (Tue 20 Feb – Sat 24 Feb)

CIRCLE STUDIO
By Frank McGuinness
Directed by Richard Baron

Firebrand present the Scottish premiere of a breathtaking new monologue by one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists, Frank McGuinness (Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme).

The ties that bind us can never be broken, and the shocking events that bring Sal to exile on a remote Irish island are as unexpected as they are brutal. Her compelling journey through grief, revenge and the temptations of evil begs only one question: what would you do if pushed to the very edge?

Based in the Scottish Borders, Firebrand tour award-winning contemporary theatre productions from writers such as Rona Munro, David Grieg, David Harrower and Lucy Prebble and present their first production at the Citizens Theatre.

Directed by Firebrand’s Director of Productions Richard Baron, who also directs Bold Girls at the Citizens this spring.

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A Citizens Theatre Community Production supported by Sky Arts
COME HELL OR HIGH WATER (Wed 21 Mar – Sat 24 Mar)

CIRCLE STUDIO
By Martin Travers
Directed by Guy Hollands

If it’s no broke – why try to Brexit?

An evening of new songs, interesting facts, light hearted banter, fake news and a cast of thousands (well – twenty five if the truth be told) looking at what it feels like to be living in Scotland now and knowing that Brexit means exit.

Come Hell or High Water is one of 50 new works commissioned by Sky Art’s Art 50 project, all on the theme of what it means to be British following the EU Referendum. In partnership with the Scottish Refugee Council.

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Lung Ha Theatre Company present
THREE SISTERS (Wed 28 Mar)
MAIN THEATRE
By Anton Chekhov in a new version by Adrian Osmond

Chekhov’s classic Three Sisters in a new version by Adrian Osmond. Presented by the award winning Lung Ha Theatre Company and The Sibelius Academy at the University of Helsinki.

A play of life, love, loss, dreams, whimsy, hope – real and false – of moving and of remaining where you are.

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Brite Theater present
RICHARD III (A ONE WOMAN SHOW) (Tue 10 – Sat 14 Apr)

CIRCLE STUDIO
A one woman show
Adapted by Emily Carding and Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir from William Shakespeare

Breaking new ground in Shakespearean performance, Brite Theater re-imagine Richard III as a one-woman show. The fourth wall is utterly obliterated as the audience takes on the roles of all the other characters at Richard’s party in this intimate, unpredictable and moving production. Richard wants to entertain you but will you survive?

First performed at the Prague Fringe 2015, Richard III has been thrilling audiences around the globe ever since, including in New York, Rome, Reykjavik and a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Citizens Theatre and HOME Manchester present
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Fri 13 Apr – Sat 5 May)

MAIN THEATRE
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Dominic Hill

One of the greatest American dramas of the 20th century, Eugene O’Neill’s hugely moving and personal Pulitzer Prize-winning Long Day’s Journey Into Night delves into the private lives and failings of a conflicted family, while revealing insights into his own upbringing.

The four members of the troubled Tyrone family each have their vice to dull their memories of their painful past and face their current trials Over the course of one devastating day at their Connecticut summer home the resentments of the family are exposed, pushing their bonds to the limit.

Dominic Hill will direct this co-production with HOME Manchester, who we previously partnered with to present Endgame in 2016.

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Broke Lad Present
MCLUCKIE’S LINES (Wed 25 Apr – Sat 28 Apr)
 
CIRCLE STUDIO
By Martin Travers and Martin Docherty

Life’s a Gamble!

Unemployed actor and compulsive gambler McLuckie waits nervously in a claustrophobic corridor of a Glasgow hospital. He’s expecting the phone call he’s been waiting for his whole life – what could go wrong? Place your bets!

Starring Martin Docherty who has previously appeared in Still Game, Rab C Nesbit, Dear Green Place, River City, Gary: Tank Commander, Father Brown and Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks. Marty Goes To Hollywood, a documentary featuring Martin as himself, won a New Talent Bafta in 2015.

£1.00 from every ticket will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Support

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Dundee Rep present
PASSING PLACES (Tue 8 May – Sat 12 May)

MAIN THEATRE
by Stephen Greenhorn
Directed by Andrew Panton

Passing Places is a hilarious road movie for the stage. Stephen Greenhorn’s much loved contemporary comedy has been described as a Scottish equivalent of Kerouac’s On the Road.

The story of two Motherwell lads going nowhere who are forced to escape the urban doldrums in a wornout Lada, and end up with their psychopathic gangster boss hot on their heels.

In this high-octane, fast-paced, physical new production, the Dundee Rep Ensemble showcase their storytelling talents, propelling you up Scotland’s west coast from Fort William to Thurso and everywhere in between on a hilarious journey of self-discovery.

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A Citizens Theatre Community Production
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (Wed 23 – Sat 26 May)

MAIN THEATRE
By Peter Arnott
Directed by Guy Hollands and Neil Packham

Exactly a hundred years ago in the Gorbals, as World War One draws towards its bloody close, audience and performers, soldiers and civilians, prepare for a big night out in the theatre to help them forget their troubles. But those troubles come right into the auditorium with them: Russia is in revolution, Ireland is on the point of Civil War, and this is the crossroads of a world in chaos on a night in the Royal Princess’s Theatre at 119 Gorbals Street that none of them will ever forget.

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Tickets for all the above shows are available now through citz.co.uk and Box Office 0141 429 0022

NEWS; CITIZENS THEATRE ANNOUNCES FULL SPRING 2018 SEASON LISTINGS

The Citizens Theatre has announced details of the final season to be presented at its home at 119 Gorbals Street before work commences on a major redevelopment of the iconic Glasgow venue.

Prior to the Citizens Theatre Company temporarily moving out of its premises next summer, it will mount a full spring programme ending in May 2018. The theatre will then stage work across Glasgow for the duration of its multi-million pound project to transform the Gorbals theatre.

Following the announcement earlier this year of a co-production with HOME Manchester of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, the theatre has released full listings for this eclectic Spring 2018 season, which goes on sale today.

The Spring 2018 season will include:

  • Bold Girls: A timely revival of Rona Munro’s award winning play. Former River City star Deirdre Davis leads an all-female cast in this hilarious and poignant story of love, friendship and betrayal, set in working class Belfast against the backdrop of the Troubles.
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night: A seminal work of 20th century American drama, Dominic Hill directs Eugene O’Neill’s play about the struggles of the Tyrone family in a Citizens Theatre co-production with HOME Manchester.
  • A Night to Remember: As the Citizens Theatre Company prepares to temporarily move out of its Gorbal home, this community production takes audiences back in time to the building’s origins as the Royal Princess’s Theatre for an evening of variety set on one eventful night in 1918.
  • Andrea Dunbar’s landmark semi-autobiographical play Rita, Sue and Bob Too presented by Out of Joint, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Royal Court Theatre.
  • A full programme of innovative work will be presented in the intimate setting of the Circle Studio, following the success of The Macbeths and Lampedusa in autumn 2017.

A Citizens Theatre production
BOLD GIRLS (Wed 24 Jan – Sat 10 Feb)

MAIN THEATRE
By Rona Munro
Directed by Richard Baron

Belfast in the early 1990s. Against a backdrop of gunfire and police raids, four women whose lives have been turned upside down by the Troubles carry on with everyday life. But what starts out as a riotous night out, leads to the spilling of some very sobering truths in the early hours. Packed with abrasive humour, Bold Girls is a story of love, friendship and betrayal.

Rona Munro, whose trilogy The James Plays – written for the National Theatre of Scotland – was a recent international hit, burst onto the scene in 1991 with this celebration of women’s lives in West Belfast.

________________________________________

Company of Wolves present
ACHILLES (Tue 23 Jan – Sat 27 Jan)

CIRCLE STUDIO
Created and Performed by Ewan Downie

Glasgow theatre company Company of Wolves re-imagines the myth of Achilles in a heart-stopping solo performance by Ewan Downie.

Achilles tells the story of the greatest hero of the Greeks during the Trojan War: how his best friend is killed by the champion of the Trojans, his desperate grief, and his terrible vengeance.  A fusion of storytelling, dance and song, Achilles is a story of a man’s exorcism: a burning out of his vulnerability, his rage, and his humanity.

Supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland in association with Platform, Dance House and Citizens Theatre. This performance will be part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival in 2018 produced by Puppet Animation Scotland.

________________________________________

Out of Joint, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Royal Court Theatre present
RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO (Tue 13 Feb – Sat 17 Feb)

MAIN THEATRE
By Andrea Dunbar
Directed by Kate Wasserberg

Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling each of them think they control.

Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play, written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an uncompromising future, both hungry for adult adventure.

Told with wicked humour, startling insight and a great ear for dialogue, Rita, Sue and Bob Too was adapted into a cult 80s film.

________________________________________

 

Wonder Fools in association with Brunton Theatre present
549: SCOTS OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR (Tues 13 Feb – Sat 17 Feb)

CIRCLE STUDIO
By Jack Nurse and Robbie Gordon
Directed by Jack Nurse

  1. In villages, towns and cities across Scotland, 549 lives are gradually intertwining. People of contrasting backgrounds, ideologies and religions. Spurred on by their burning passion for equality and freedom, they will form the Scottish ranks of the Spanish Civil War’s legendary International Brigade.

This true story follows four miners from the streets of East Lothian to the valleys of Spain. They gave up everything they knew: for a land they did not know; for a people they had never met; and for a cause they believed was right.

549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War, a new play with songs and storytelling, is a timely insight into one of Scotland’s almost forgotten conflicts.

________________________________________

Firebrand in co-production with The Byre Theatre and Heart of Hawick present
THE MATCH BOX (Tue 20 Feb – Sat 24 Feb)

CIRCLE STUDIO
By Frank McGuinness
Directed by Richard Baron

Firebrand present the Scottish premiere of a breathtaking new monologue by one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists, Frank McGuinness (Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme).

The ties that bind us can never be broken, and the shocking events that bring Sal to exile on a remote Irish island are as unexpected as they are brutal. Her compelling journey through grief, revenge and the temptations of evil begs only one question: what would you do if pushed to the very edge?

Based in the Scottish Borders, Firebrand tour award-winning contemporary theatre productions from writers such as Rona Munro, David Grieg, David Harrower and Lucy Prebble and present their first production at the Citizens Theatre.

Directed by Firebrand’s Director of Productions Richard Baron, who also directs Bold Girls at the Citizens this spring.

________________________________________

A Citizens Theatre Community Production supported by Sky Arts
COME HELL OR HIGH WATER (Wed 21 Mar – Sat 24 Mar)

CIRCLE STUDIO
By Martin Travers
Directed by Guy Hollands

If it’s no broke – why try to Brexit?

An evening of new songs, interesting facts, light hearted banter, fake news and a cast of thousands (well – twenty five if the truth be told) looking at what it feels like to be living in Scotland now and knowing that Brexit means exit.

Come Hell or High Water is one of 50 new works commissioned by Sky Art’s Art 50 project, all on the theme of what it means to be British following the EU Referendum. In partnership with the Scottish Refugee Council.

________________________________________

Lung Ha Theatre Company present
THREE SISTERS (Wed 28 Mar)
MAIN THEATRE
By Anton Chekhov in a new version by Adrian Osmond

Chekhov’s classic Three Sisters in a new version by Adrian Osmond. Presented by the award winning Lung Ha Theatre Company and The Sibelius Academy at the University of Helsinki.

A play of life, love, loss, dreams, whimsy, hope – real and false – of moving and of remaining where you are.

________________________________________

Brite Theater present
RICHARD III (A ONE WOMAN SHOW) (Tue 10 – Sat 14 Apr)

CIRCLE STUDIO
A one woman show
Adapted by Emily Carding and Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir from William Shakespeare

Breaking new ground in Shakespearean performance, Brite Theater re-imagine Richard III as a one-woman show. The fourth wall is utterly obliterated as the audience takes on the roles of all the other characters at Richard’s party in this intimate, unpredictable and moving production. Richard wants to entertain you but will you survive?

First performed at the Prague Fringe 2015, Richard III has been thrilling audiences around the globe ever since, including in New York, Rome, Reykjavik and a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

________________________________________

Citizens Theatre and HOME Manchester present
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Fri 13 Apr – Sat 5 May)

MAIN THEATRE
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Dominic Hill

One of the greatest American dramas of the 20th century, Eugene O’Neill’s hugely moving and personal Pulitzer Prize-winning Long Day’s Journey Into Night delves into the private lives and failings of a conflicted family, while revealing insights into his own upbringing.

The four members of the troubled Tyrone family each have their vice to dull their memories of their painful past and face their current trials Over the course of one devastating day at their Connecticut summer home the resentments of the family are exposed, pushing their bonds to the limit.

Dominic Hill will direct this co-production with HOME Manchester, who we previously partnered with to present Endgame in 2016.

________________________________________

Broke Lad Present
MCLUCKIE’S LINES (Wed 25 Apr – Sat 28 Apr)
PRESS NIGHT: WED 25 APR 7.30PM
CIRCLE STUDIO
By Martin Travers and Martin Docherty

Life’s a Gamble!

Unemployed actor and compulsive gambler McLuckie waits nervously in a claustrophobic corridor of a Glasgow hospital. He’s expecting the phone call he’s been waiting for his whole life – what could go wrong? Place your bets!

Starring Martin Docherty who has previously appeared in Still Game, Rab C Nesbit, Dear Green Place, River City, Gary: Tank Commander, Father Brown and Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks. Marty Goes To Hollywood, a documentary featuring Martin as himself, won a New Talent Bafta in 2015.

£1.00 from every ticket will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Support

________________________________________

Dundee Rep present
PASSING PLACES (Tue 8 May – Sat 12 May)

MAIN THEATRE
by Stephen Greenhorn
Directed by Andrew Panton

Passing Places is a hilarious road movie for the stage. Stephen Greenhorn’s much loved contemporary comedy has been described as a Scottish equivalent of Kerouac’s On the Road.

The story of two Motherwell lads going nowhere who are forced to escape the urban doldrums in a wornout Lada, and end up with their psychopathic gangster boss hot on their heels.

In this high-octane, fast-paced, physical new production, the Dundee Rep Ensemble showcase their storytelling talents, propelling you up Scotland’s west coast from Fort William to Thurso and everywhere in between on a hilarious journey of self-discovery.

________________________________________

A Citizens Theatre Community Production
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (Wed 23 – Sat 26 May)

MAIN THEATRE
By Peter Arnott
Directed by Guy Hollands and Neil Packham

Exactly a hundred years ago in the Gorbals, as World War One draws towards its bloody close, audience and performers, soldiers and civilians, prepare for a big night out in the theatre to help them forget their troubles. But those troubles come right into the auditorium with them: Russia is in revolution, Ireland is on the point of Civil War, and this is the crossroads of a world in chaos on a night in the Royal Princess’s Theatre at 119 Gorbals Street that none of them will ever forget.

________________________________________

Tickets for all the above shows are available now through citz.co.uk and Box Office 0141 429 0022

 

NEWS: CITIZENS THEATRE TO PRESENT WORK ACROSS SCOTLAND DURING TRANSFORMATIVE REDEVELOPMENT

Citizens Theatre confirmed today (Tuesday November 21) it will move out of its historic home in the Gorbals in June 2018 for two years while the theatre undergoes a £19.4 million redevelopment.

Thanks to a partnership with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life, audiences and Citizens Learning participants will still be able to enjoy Citizens Theatre’s ground breaking productions and inspiring education and community work at Tramway and Scotland Street School Museum. The Citizens also intends to collaborate with other Glasgow venues, as well as taking its work further afield across Scotland, during the period of closure.

The building, which is leased by Citizens Theatre Company from Glasgow City Council, needs to close to allow builders to move on-site to undertake the essential building works that will transform its Victorian theatre into a 21st century building fit for purpose. The new building has been designed by architectural practice Bennetts Associates and the theatre will re-open to the public in autumn 2020.

The first Citizens show to be produced at Tramway will open in September 2018 and the Citizens Learning team will run their wide range of activities, including drama classes for all ages, from Scotland Street School Museum. The theatre’s administrative team will also move into backroom office space at this venue.

In addition, the theatre’s production facilities will move across the road from the theatre into the former Skills Academy building, which is owned by City Building/Glasgow City Council, in Laurieston.

Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, said: “The Citizens Theatre building is about to embark on the biggest changes to its physical structure in its 139 year history. This latest stage in our £19.4 million redevelopment project presents an exciting opportunity for a number of key landmark cultural organisations to work together in Glasgow. Our shared history of innovation and creativity makes it a great opportunity to collaborate with them.

“We hope our audiences and participants will find our offer thrilling and appealing, as they follow us on our journey, as we temporarily move out of the theatre and present an exciting programme of work from different venues across the city.”

Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support the transformation of one of Scotland’s iconic cultural institutions.

“The Citizens Theatre is rooted in the local community and it is absolutely fitting that while the venue is being refurbished, its ambitious programme of live theatre, creativity and learning, will continue across our venues, inspiring audiences from near and far.”

The theatre recently launched its ‘We Are Citizens’ public fundraising campaign which will inspire, engage, and encourage others to help raise £1.6 million for the building redevelopment.

NEWS: RELAXED PERFORMANCES OF CHRISTMAS SHOWS AT THE CITIZENS THEATRE

In an effort to ensure that its shows are accessible to all, the Citizens Theatre will once again host Relaxed Performances for its two Christmas shows: Cinderella and One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas.

In addition to a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, Relaxed Performances offer freedom of movement within the auditorium, adjustments to sound and lighting on stage and in the auditorium, and a quiet room that can be visited at any point during the performance.

Relaxed Performances are open to anyone who would benefit from a more laid back environment when visiting the theatre. This could include people with an autistic spectrum or communication disorder and their families.

Building on the success of Relaxed Performances during last year’s festive season, these events involve all departments within the theatre: from cast members, the creative team, technicians, to front of house staff, who all work together in order to make for an experience that is as welcoming as possible.

Trained Citizens Theatre staff will also be on hand in order to help patrons make the most of their visit to a Relaxed Performance event.

Relaxed Performances of Cinderella take place on Wed 13 Dec at 10.30am & 7pm.

A Relaxed Performance of One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s show for 3-6 year olds in the Circle Studio, is already sold out.

In recent years leading theatre venues across the UK, from Shakespeare’s Globe to the Royal National Theatre, have developed Relaxed Performances in partnership with The National Autistic Society.

Box Office Manager, Denise Differ, said

“We know that lots of people come back to the Citizens Theatre every year at Christmas thanks to the warm and friendly atmosphere of our building, and the welcome they receive from our staff.”

“The Relaxed Performances allow us to extend that welcome to those for whom a traditional theatrical experience can be overwhelming. There will still be the same high quality of storytelling, and plenty of the theatrical magic that makes Christmas at the Citz so special.”

School groups and families are particularly welcome, and the Citizens Theatre encourages anyone who wishes to discuss access requirements further to contact Denise Differ, Box Office Manager: 0141 429 0022 denise@citz.co.uk 

NEWS: NEW PRODUCTION OF LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT AT THE CITIZENS THEATRE

The Citizens Theatre today announces a new co-production with HOME, Manchester as part of the Gorbals theatre’s Spring 2018 season. Long Day’s Journey Into Night will play at the Citizens Theatre from 13 April – 18 May 2018, with tickets available from today.

One of the greatest American dramas of the 20th century, Eugene O’Neill’s hugely moving and personal Pulitzer Prize-winning Long Day’s Journey Into Night delves into the private lives and failings of a conflicted family, whilst revealing insights into the playwright’s own upbringing.

The Citizens Theatre’s Artistic Director Dominic Hill will direct this production, and will be joined on the creative team by regular collaborators Designer Tom Piper (Hay Fever, Endgame, The Libertine, Hamlet and King Lear) and Lighting Designer Ben Ormerod (Oresteia: This Restless House, King Lear, Hamlet).

Rehearsing and opening at the Citizens Theatre, the production will play at co-producers HOME, Manchester from 9 – 26 May . The Citizens Theatre previously partnered with HOME on its production of Endgame in 2016, featuring Coronation Street stars Chris Gascoyne and David Neilson.

Tickets at the Citizens Theatre are available for sale from the Citizens Theatre’s website citz.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 0141 429 0022.

NEWS: Casting announced for Citz Cinderella

Glaswegians young and old can expect a fun and lively re-telling of this classic fairytale, with plenty of the hallmark ingredients that have earned the Citizens Theatre a reputation for unique Christmas shows.

Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill – alongside his frequent collaborator, composer Nikola Kodjabashia – will bring his inimitable style to this production, deploying a handpicked ensemble cast to present this familiar story of magic and true love, with a twist.

Peter Collins, whose comic performances have been at the heart of the theatre’s past two Christmas shows, returns to the company for his third festive season in a row. Peter’s most recent appearance at the Citizens was in Dominic Hill’s highly acclaimed production of The Oresteia: This Restless House (2017).

Also returning to the Citizens stage for Cinderella is Irene Allan, whose performance as the Witch in Hansel & Gretel (2016) was described by the Daily Record as “utterly fabulous.” This year, she takes on the role of Cinderella’s stepmother.

Caroline Deyga, in her Citizens debut, is expected to wow audiences with the voice and spirit that saw her jointly nominated for ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ at the Olivier Awards 2017, as part of the eight-strong cast of the award winning Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour (NTS).

She will be joined by fellow Citz debutant Hannah Howie who, alongside Deyga, will bring her ‘strong comic timing’ (The Stage) to the production as one of Cinderella’s ugly sisters.

As part of the theatre’s commitment to nurturing new talent, the Citizens is putting its two Actor Interns Nicholas Ralph and Sinéad Sharkey centre stage for this production. Nicholas’s internship is funded by the Robertson Trust.

The company is also delighted to welcome to the stage Jatinder Singh Randhawa, who will be taking a break from the Citizens Theatre’s front of house team. Jatinder recently graduated from North Lanarkshire College with a BA in Acting.

The cast is completed by actor and physical theatre practioner Malcolm Shields, who brings over two decades of experience on stage and screen to this production. Last year Malcolm made a memorable cameo in Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake and first appeared at the Citz as Franco Begbie in the theatre’s landmark 1994 adaptation of Trainspotting.

Family tickets for Cinderella start from £33.50 for a family of three to £77.50 for a family of five.

Dates: Tuesday 28 November 2017 – Sunday 31 December 2018

Tickets: Adult £22.50 – £14.50 Child £12.50 – £8.50 Family Tickets available by telephone bookings or in person at the theatre

GROUP BOOKINGS One additional free ticket with every 10 tickets booked

SCHOOLS GROUPS All performances £8.50

YOUTH GROUPS £10 standard, £11 peak

ADULT GROUPS (10 or more) Buy 10 tickets and get £2.50 off each ticket

FAMILY DAYS Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec 10am – 12pm £6.50 per person A fun workshop for 6-12 year olds and their adult companion exploring the story and characters of Cinderella.  Get up close to costumes and props from past Christmas shows and tread the boards of our main stage!

RELAXED PERFORMANCES 13 Dec 10.30am & 7pm Adult: £15 Child: £8.50 Particularly suitable for those with an autistic spectrum condition or additional sensory or communication needs.  Please note there will be some alterations to lighting and sound effects and a relaxed attitude towards noise and movement at this performance.

CONCESSIONS  £3 off full price tickets for Senior Citizens, Disabled and Students £5 Gorbals Card (max 4 tickets) & Unemployed

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: ANNVILLE: A POWERFUL AND HEARTBREAKING TRUE VICTORIAN TRAGEDY IN SCOTS at CITZ

In November 1883 one of Scotland’s greatest untold tragedies reached its bloody conclusion in Annville House in Kirkfieldbank just outside Lanark. Glasgow University student Willie Brown, sick with Milk Fever, returns to Annville House to recuperate. His cousin, music teacher Charlotte, cares for him as he struggles to recover. As winter descends on the valley tempers and jealousies crack and shatter like ice on the Clyde.

The Citizens Theatre reading will be followed by a post-show discussion about the Scots language of the play and women’s rights and duties in nineteenth century Scotland; hosted by the playwright, novelist and director with guests Professor Kirstie Blair and Doctor Michael Dempster.

Based on the novel THE FLOURISH by Heather Spears
Directed by Amanda Gaughan

October 6th: Citizens Theatre, Glasgow @ 2pm
October 7th: Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh @ 1pm
October 8th: Institute for the Formation of Character, New Lanark

Watch the play being streamed on facebook live from the Citizens Theatre on Friday 6th of October.

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NEWS: Citizens Theatre receives grant from Theatres Trust

The Citizens Theatre has received a grant from the Theatres Trust to carry out the first major clean of an historic part of its iconic auditorium in the Category B listed building’s 140-year history.

The building at 119 Gorbals Street now home to the Citizens Theatre was built in 1876 and opened as Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1878. While many of the original features of the building’s historically-significant Grade Category B listed auditorium have been preserved and restored, an enclosed dome area above the space has not been touched since the theatre first opened.

This summer, thanks to a generous grant from the Theatres Trust, a specialist cleaning team from Balmore Contracting Ltd. has been engaged to carry out the first extensive clean of the dome to remove 140 years’ worth of dust and debris.  Highly experienced in cleaning historic and fragile spaces and difficult to access areas, Balmore have previously won contracts for specialist cleaning at Stirling Castle.

As a result of the cleaning, theatre staff and contractors will have easier access to the space, allowing any future maintenance work to be carried out quickly and effectively.

General Manager Lesley Davidson who is overseeing the project said, “I’m extremely grateful to the Theatres Trust for their support for this project. Our staff have worked closely with Balmore to ensure that the fabric of our building is cared for while this work has been carried out. I’m delighted that we’ve taken this step to care for our theatre’s heritage.”

Launched in April 2012, the Theatres Trust Small Grant Scheme makes awards to theatres across the UK that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities. Theatres Trust today announced six recipients of the tenth round of awards from its UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme, including the Citizens Theatre. The other recipients are Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol; Criterion Theatre, Coventry; Farnham Maltings; Acorn Theatre, Penzance; and The Bear Pit, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The Citizens Theatre will soon begin a £19.5 million theatre redevelopment project, the first comprehensive redevelopment of the historic building, with work expected to begin in Summer 2018.

NEWS: A SEASON OF POWER, VIOLENCE AND REVENGE AT THE CITIZENS THEATRE THIS AUTUMN

Today the Citizens Theatre announces its Autumn 2017 season including plays from different ages and countries focusing on the very personal consequences of absolute power, violence and revenge. The season of ancient and modern plays that respond directly and indirectly to the world today goes on sale Tuesday 16 May at 10am.

The Autumn 2017 season will include:

  • Oresteia: This Restless House at Citizens Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival, a thrilling story of murder and revenge focussing on three women who are forced to confront the consequences of their acts of violence, presented in association with National Theatre of Scotland;
  • Faithful Ruslan: The Story of a Guard Dog, an allegorical tale of the end of the Stalinist regime based on real-life events, a co-production with Belgrade Theatre Coventry;
  • The Macbeths, a radically cut adaptation of Shakespeare’s play in the Circle Studio exploring the corrosive effect of power, directed by Dominic Hill;
  • Rona Munro’s Bold Girls, an exhilarating and funny celebration of four Belfast women set in the 1990s, directed by Dominic Hill;
  • the return of 2016’s critically-acclaimed, sold-out production of Harry Gibson’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting at Citizens Theatre and King’s Theatre Edinburgh;
  • the acclaimed Actors Touring Company production Living with the Lights On, one man’s honest account of living with mental health difficulties;
  • Adam Barnard’s funny and heart-felt Buckets, presented by the Citizens Young Co.;
  • the Scottish premiere of Anders Lustgarten’s Lampedusa, the story behind the headlines of the ongoing refugee crisis on a small Italian island;
  • National Theatre of Scotland’s Adam and Eve, two new productions exploring two extraordinary lives in transition, created by a team of leading Scottish and UK theatre artists including Cora Bissett, Chris Goode and Jo Clifford;
  • and two new festive productions: Stuart Paterson’s Cinderella, directed by Dominic Hill and an original show for 3-6 year olds One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas, directed by Guy Hollands and presented by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Artistic Director, Dominic Hill introduces the new Autumn 2017 season: “At the Citizens, we believe that plays and stories originally created in the past have the power to shed light on our lives and society, and that great literature can speak to us over the centuries. In particular, the theatre has always been effective at dissecting the violent aftermath of tyranny and the abuse of power.

I’m delighted to be bringing back Zinnie Harris’ reworking of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, which will also be presented at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival. Acclaimed at its premiere last year, this is an epic theatre event which takes its audience on a wild, disturbing but always gripping journey that ultimately leads to forgiveness and reconciliation.

Faithful Ruslan: The Story of a Guard Dog is an extraordinary satire on Stalinist Russia seen through the eyes of a guard dog.  An international creative team will work to deliver a unique, visceral and very funny show. It’s very much a modern ‘Animal Farm’ for the world of Trump, May and Putin.

Where Faithful Ruslan and Oresteia engage with the world today indirectly but forcefully, Anders Lustgarten’s 2015 Lampedusa will bring us right up to date. The play connects an Italian former fisherman who now collects the dead bodies of washed-up migrants to a Chinese-British student in Leeds who is forced to work for debt collectors. Lustgarten’s play, receiving its Scottish premiere at the Citizens, is deeply engaging and relevant, and is a moving celebration of humanity.

My first show in the Citizens’ Circle Studio, The Macbeths, adapted from Shakespeare’s play, will focus on the relationship of the killer couple and its disintegration following an act of murder which at first binds them together and then destroys them.

We’ll welcome two touring companies to the Citizens this season: our friends at National Theatre of Scotland with two new groundbreaking productions, Adam and Eve, both timely and theatrical explorations of the complexities and challenges facing trans people today and Actors Touring Company for the first time with their production Living with the Lights On.

And as Brexit and recent events once again bring back to mind past troubles in Northern Ireland, we thought it was a perfect time to revive Bold Girls. Originally written for 7:84 in the 1990s, it launched the career of leading Scottish playwright Rona Munro.”

Judith Kilvington, Executive Director added: “Oresteia: This Restless House perfectly encapsulates Dominic’s tenure so far as Artistic Director at the Citizens Theatre and it’s perfect that we’ll be taking the work to the Edinburgh International Festival as we mark his fifth year as artistic leader of the Citizens. I am delighted to see the return of Trainspotting, a show that appealed to people from all walks of life when we presented it last year, and I’m pleased that it will extend its reach to audiences in Edinburgh this year. The Citizens Theatre is committed to engaging with as inclusive a range of people as possible in the creative life of the theatre and breaking down barriers to engagement with the arts. I am personally very pleased to welcome back the National Theatre of Scotland with work by and for the trans community and Actors Touring Company for the first time with their production, Living with the Lights On, which speaks openly and honestly about living with mental health difficulties.”

The Citizens Theatre’s Autumn 2017 season is on sale now.

Tickets are available through citz.co.uk and Box Office 0141 429 0022

ORESTEIA: THIS RESTLESS HOUSE

MAIN THEATRE

15 – 17 AUG

31 AUG – 9 SEP

A Citizens Theatre production in association with National Theatre of Scotland

By Zinnie Harris

Directed by Dominic Hill

Zinnie Harris’ compelling, thrilling and blistering drama about three women who are forced to confront the consequences of their acts of violence returns in 2017 to the Citizens Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival.

A father’s horrifying sacrifice of his daughter sets in motion a cycle of bloody revenge. Murder and madness ensue, testing the loyalties of his remaining children and propelling them to the edge of reason. With a powerful cast performing live music on stage, Oresteia is an exhilarating and contemporary take on an ancient Greek drama that has survived two and a half thousand years.

Premiered at the Citizens Theatre in 2016 as a trilogy of plays, and now presented as one epic theatrical event, this trailblazing new work was nominated for Best New Play at the 2016 UK Theatre Awards, and was awarded Best New Play at the 2016 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

Oresteia: This Restless House will also be staged at Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh International Festival from 22 – 27 August. For more information, visit eif.co.uk

Recommended for 16+

ADAM AND EVE

MAIN THEATRE

13 – 16 SEP

A National Theatre of Scotland production

Two productions exploring two extraordinary lives in transition, created by a team of leading Scottish and UK theatre artists including Cora Bissett, Chris Goode and Jo Clifford.  A theatrical exploration of the complexities and challenges facing trans people, using an innovative intertwining of personal testimony, storytelling, composition and digital media.

ADAM

13, 15 & 16 SEP

Written by Frances Poet

Conceived for the stage and directed by Cora Bissett

If you are born in a country where being yourself can get you killed, exile is your only choice.

Adam is the remarkable, true story of a young trans man having to make that choice and begin his journey. From Egypt to Scotland, it charts Adam’s fight across borders and genders to find a place to call home.

In a world first, Adam features a 120-strong, international world digital choir of trans individuals from across the globe which has been uniquely integrated into this remarkable multimedia production.

Adam has been conceived for the stage by Cora Bissett, who previously brought the real life story of the Glasgow Girls to the Citizens’ stage.

Recommended for 14+

EVE

14 – 16 SEP

Written by Jo Clifford and Chris Goode

Directed by Susan Worsfold

Eve tells the story of a child raised as a boy, when she knew all along that was wrong. That child grew up to be one of the 10 outstanding women in Scotland in 2017. What does that do to our understanding of what it is to be human in times of revolutionary change?

With trans rights again under threat, legendary playwright, performer, father and grandmother Jo Clifford tells a story both gentle and passionate, intimate and political, to remind us that the journey towards our real selves is one we all need to make, wherever it leads us.

FAITHFUL RUSLAN: THE STORY OF A GUARD DOG

MAIN THEATRE

20 SEP – 7 OCT

A Citizens Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and KP Productions Ltd. co-production

A play by Helena Kaut-Howson

Based on the novel by Georgi Vladimov, translated by Michael Glenny 

When Josef Stalin dies in 1953, the inhabitants of prison camps across Russia are liberated. Prisoners, guards and guard dogs are all free to go home. Loyal Ruslan follows the Master’s final order and abandons his post in search of a new leader.  An extraordinary satire on Stalinist Russia seen through the eyes of a guard dog, this is a modern ‘Animal Farm’ for the world of Trump, May and Putin.

Based on real life events, the novel by Georgi Vladimov and translated to English by Michael Glenny has been adapted for the stage by Polish director Helena Kaut-Howson, whose adventurous, passionate and imaginative productions have led to her being named one of the top directors in the UK. With movement by Marcello Magni, co-founder of theatre company Complicite.

THE MacbethS

CIRCLE STUDIO

27 Sep – 14 Oct

A Citizens Theatre production

Adapted from the play by William Shakespeare Directed by Dominic Hill

At the heart of Shakespeare’s darkest play is a disintegrating marriage. This new adaptation using a radically cut-down version of the text brings the focuses on the relationship between one of the most famous killers in literature and his ambitious wife.

Returning from battle, Macbeth hears a prophesy emboldening him to murder and betray. Compelled by his equally ruthless wife, Macbeth ignores his creeping sense of guilt and hopelessness and attempts to hasten the hand of fate, unwittingly ushering in the downfall of them both.

This production has been specially created to be performed in the intense and exposed atmosphere of our Circle Studio, directed by Dominic Hill.

TRAINSPOTTING

MAIN THEATRE

18 OCT – 11 NOV A Citizens Theatre production

By Irvine Welsh Adapted by Harry Gibson Directed by Gareth Nicholls

It’s back! After a sell-out run in 2016, Trainspotting returns to the Citz this autumn by popular demand.

Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud seek life through the point of a needle in this coarse, intense and hilarious rollercoaster ride through the heroin-hinterlands of Thatcher-era Leith based on Irvine Welsh’s cult novel. Gareth Nicholls’ production honours both the iconic novel and Danny Boyle’s famous film adaptation, while creating a new piece of theatre about urban alienation and young lives under pressure.

LIVING WITH THE LIGHTS ON

CIRCLE STUDIO

20 & 21 OCT

An Actors Touring Company production

By Mark Lockyer

Hilarious, touching and utterly bonkers. Actor Mark Lockyer shares his gripping true story of an actor living life on the edge, from his on-stage meltdown as Mercutio at the Royal Shakespeare Company to his fiery relationships and ultimate recovery.

Mark Lockyer trained at RADA. For the last 30 years he’s been at the National Theatre, RSC, Old Vic, Young Vic and the Royal Court working with Ken Campbell, Mark Rylance and Sam Mendes.

BUCKETS

CIRCLE STUDIO

1 – 4 NOV

A Citizens Young Co. production

Directed by Neil Packham

The Citizens Young Co. present a bucket full of wry, emotive, funny and heart-felt stories spanning sickness and health, sadness and happiness and pose the universal question: how do we deal with the fact that time always runs out?

The Citizens Young Co. provides opportunities in acting, writing and devising for young people aged 18 – 22.

LAMPEDUSA

CIRCLE STUDIO

8 – 18 NOV

A Citizens Theatre production

By Anders Lustgarten

The Italian island of Lampedusa lies in the Mediterranean between Sicily, Tunisa and Libya. Once, fisherman Stefano made a living here. Now, he uses his fishing boat to collect the bodies of drowned migrants from the sea. In the UK, Chinese-British student Denise is forced to go door to door for a payday loan company to finance her degree, meeting grinding poverty and racist prejudices as well as small acts of charity.

Telling the stories of human kindness behind the headlines, Lampedusa was a sell-out during its premiere run at Soho Theatre in London in 2015, and receives its Scottish premiere at Citizens Theatre this autumn.

CINDERELLA

MAIN THEATRE

28 NOV – 31 DEC A Citizens Theatre production

By Stuart Paterson

Directed by Dominic Hill

It’s nearly time for the ball, and Cinderella is working her fingers to the bone in the cold and dark kitchens thanks to her cruel and greedy step-sisters’ nasty tricks. Luckily, Cinderella has the help of some new friends, and a little magic, to help her get to the ball and win the heart of the Prince. But will she realise her heart’s true desire lies closer to home?

Dominic Hill brings his trademark theatrical style to this twist on a classic fairytale. Full of silliness, slapstick, live music and fun, this is the perfect choice for families looking for alternative festive entertainment this Christmas.

ONE MORE SLEEP ‘TIL CHRISTMAS

CIRCLE STUDIO

7 – 31 DEC A Royal Conservatoire of Scotland production

Created by Guy Hollands and devised by the company

It’s the night before Christmas, and seven excited siblings are tucked up together cosy in bed. But who can sleep when Santa’s on his way? Maybe singing some festive carols will help – but only if they don’t wake Mum and Dad!

Citizens Associate Director Guy Hollands creates a new fun-filled festive show for 3 – 6 year olds in the intimate setting of our Circle Studio

BOLD GIRLS

MAIN THEATRE

24 JAN – 10 FEB

A Citizens Theatre production

By Rona Munro Directed by Dominic Hill

Belfast in the early 1990s. Against a backdrop of gunfire and police raids, four women whose lives have been turned upside down by the Troubles, carry on with everyday life. But what starts out as a riotous night out, leads to the spilling of some very sobering truths in the early hours.

Packed with abrasive humour, Bold Girls is a story of love, friendship and betrayal.

Rona Munro, whose trilogy The James Plays – written for the National Theatre of Scotland – was a recent international hit, burst onto the scene in 1991 with this celebration of women’s lives in West Belfast.

Tickets for all the above shows are available now through citz.co.uk and Box Office 0141 429 0022

REVIEW: The Gorbals Vampire – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Above the Gothic gatehouse of one of Glasgow’s cities of the dead, the Southern Necropolis, the sky flames red from the fiery furnaces of the nearby Dixon Blazes Iron Works. Hundreds of local children, from toddlers to teens, armed with stakes and knives, storm the graveyard in search of a vampire, not the highly romanticised version of modern times, but a seven foot, iron-toothed killer of two young boys. It’s 1954, it’s Glasgow’s Gorbals and it really happened…well…

Inspired by local myths and bogey man stories, and fuelled by US horror comics, an urban legend is born – The Gorbals Vampire.

There are “two wee empty chairs” at the back of a Gorbals’ primary school class, Chinese whispers in the playground escalate into full-blown hysteria as the “creative thinking” kids debate the fate of their two school pals. Night after night until the sun goes down, the pint-sized vigilantes return to hunt their man, and only the rain and the intervention of local headmasters puts an end to the marauder’s madness.

What would have been consigned to the local archives gained worldwide media coverage and a backlash against the American horror comics that were gaining popularity in the country. This mass indignation also spawned the 1955 Children and Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act, laws still in force today.

National treasure in the making, Johnny McKnight has not only created a work filled with humour, it is also a work cleverly and subtly interwoven with a social commentary on tenement life in Glasgow in the fifties – the overcrowding, neglect and social injustice, how this section of the city was unloved and unlistened to. This was the hardest part of town, and in the eyes of the police, if they were cowering indoors frightened of a 7-foot vampire then they weren’t on the streets bothering them.

The community cast of over 50 players makes the stage throb with life against the brilliant set design of Neil Haynes and the wonderfully atmospheric lighting of Stuart Jenkins, all enhanced by Kim Beveridge’s subtle but highly effective video projections – you can almost feel the metal tang in the air from Dixon Blazes.

This is a glorious celebration of Glasgow and what it means to be Glaswegian – when the chips are down, the community pulls together as one, the city’s divisions are forgotten and the people unite in a common cause.

A real gem of a production.

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