Thursday, 26 February 2015

A Rum and Vodka tour of Dublin

While Director Stephen Darcy and actor Martin Donaghy get ready to unleash Rum and Vodka onto the Circle Studio stage you can familiarise yourself with our bespoke Rum and Vodka tour of Dublin. Hilarious, shocking and poignant in equal measure, Rum and Vodka is the story of an ordinary young man and his three-day alcohol-fuelled rampage around Dublin. Written by multi-award winning playwright Conor McPherson, the work sparkles with an energy, wit and brutal honesty that prefigures the playwright’s later successes including an Oliver Award for Best New Play for The Weir and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for The Night Alive

Click on the link below to begin your 3 day misadventure through the pubs and late bars of Dublin. You can retrace each day's staggered journey from bar to bar. 

One young man and a three day binge around Dublin.
If you are still alive at the end of the tour make sure you come and see the one-man production which opens next week and runs from March 5-7 in our Circle Studio.  

Rum and Vodka 
plays in the Circle Studio 5 - 7 Feb

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The real life story behind 'The Slab Boys' through the A. F. Stoddard Carpet factory Archive

As part of the research for The Slab Boys, our designers and backstage team enlisted the help of the University of Glasgow Archives, which hold the Stoddard-Templeton Collection - a huge archive from James Templeton & Co. Ltd. and Stoddard International plc., two of Scotland’s most significant and influential carpet designers and manufacturers.

In this blog post, Rachael Egan, from University of Glasgow Archive Services, shares some of the interesting anecdotes and stories from the collection.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Faking it: A beginner's guide to the difference between fakes and forgeries

Moira Jeffrey writes about the complex, confusing and divisive world of art forgery - the bread & butter of Fire Exit's Long Live The Little Knife, in the Circle Studio 24 - 28 Feb.

What is a forgery? Is it the same as a copy or as a fake? How can you tell a forgery? And why on earth do art forgers do it? These are questions that have vexed art historians, connoisseurs, and philosophers for generations. In more recent years, the question of how the public and the experts come to recognise and value authenticity have come to preoccupy popular psychologists.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Artificiality and Authenticity in Long Live the Little Knife

Fire Exit are taking Long Live the Little Knife  by David Leddy on the road again for a fourth time following sell-out success across the country. The show opens its latest tour at the Citizens Theatre from Tue 24 - Sat 28 February in our Circle Studio. Fire Exit were last at the Citizens with Sub Rosa, their site-specific piece revealing some of the secrets backstage of a Victorian theatre.

A dynamic, absurd and uplifting theatre piece about forgery, castration and blind drunkenness, there's a wealth of articles on Fire Exit's website about Long Live the Little Knife, the art world, the nature of forgeries and the inspiration for the play. 
Long Live the Little Knife publicity image by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The Boys Are Back in Town!

John Byrne's The Slab Boys is set in a Paisley carpet factory and we can't wait to bring this funny, poignant and vivid story back to the west coast!

The Slab Boys is a coming-of-age story that is recognised around the world and a modern piece of Scottish theatre history.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Q & A with Filter Co-Artistic Director Ollie Dimsdale

As we prepare to welcome back the anarchic Filter Theatre Company with another radical interpretation of a Shakespearean classic, we thought it was the perfect time to delve into the 'heat-oppressed' brain of Ollie Dimsdale. Ollie, Filter's Co-Artistic Director, talks about their unique approach to Shakespeare with their production of Macbeth

Filter impressed Citizens Theatre's audiences in 2014 with their unique take on Twelfth Night

Q&A with Macbeth Composer Tom Haines

Filter Theatre and Tobacco Factory Theatres’s production of Macbeth, opened at Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol in September 2014. Central to this radical new version of Shakespeare’s gripping tragedy is the music, composed as part of the rehearsal process by Composer Tom Haines and performed by Musician Alan Pagan and the rest of the Macbeth cast. Using new technology and a fascinating array of weird and wonderful instruments, the music is both acoustically and aesthetically captivating. Tom Haines discusses the role of music in this new production

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Humbug or Humdinger?

The critics have seen A Christmas Carol directed by Dominic Hill and the verdict is in, but what did they think?
Cliff Burnett as Scrooge. Credit Tim Morozzo

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Want to Perform With the Royal Shakespeare Company?

We've begun our search to find the best of Glasgow’s untapped theatrical talent to take part in a landmark production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2016 by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Citizens Theatre to mark 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death.

In Spring 2016 the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will tour the UK with a new production of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In each theatre, the professional cast will be joined by non-professional actors from the local area playing theatre’s most famous amateur company the Mechanicals, led by one of Shakespeare’s best-loved roles, Bottom. Amateur actors in Glasgow are invited to audition to join the cast for the production’s performances in the city, taking to the iconic Citizens stage as well as travelling to Stratford-Upon-Avon to perform at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.