Thursday, 29 May 2008

4 stars for Liar "achingly lovely fairytale harmonies"

The Herald has given Liar a terrific 4 stars:


"If I said that this joint production by TAG and Sounds of Progress would work brilliantly on radio, I'd want everyone involved to take it as a compliment. Because even though the acting is spot on, Liar itself has all the true strengths of potent storytelling."


"The first sound we hear is singing. The cast arrive on a surge of such achingly lovely fairytale harmonies. "

You can buy tickets online or call 0141 429 0022.

Hx

N.B. All photos by Eamonn McGoldrick

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Little Otik - the inside scoop!

Hiya folks,

If you haven't seen this visual feast yet we hope that this wee snippet of chat with some of the actors may give you a taste of what you are missing and an insight in the wonderful weird world of Little Otik.

Cx

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Friday, 23 May 2008

4 stars for Sound of My Voice

The Herald newspaper today gave Sound of My Voice a glowing 4 star review.

Jeremy Raison’s adaptation of Ron Butlins 1987 novel is the first time this piece has been brought to the stage. Speaking of Billy Mack, The Herald described

“a sinewy, knife-edge performance, offset beautifully by Rebecca McQuillan as Mary”

Photo by Eamonn McGoldrick.

This “unrelentingly furious affair”, shows one week of “a life in freefall” due to alcoholism. The Stalls studio has a very limited capacity, so grab your tickets now and don’t miss this brilliant opportunity to get up close and personal with fine actors in a stunning piece of theatre.

Hx

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Liar, Liar, pants on fire!

It's a busy week for us all here at the theatre, with three shows opening in the one week. It's a really exciting time for us all and great to have so many talented actors and musicians in the building at one time (although, you need to get to the canteen sharp at lunchtimes or you'll miss out!) .

Liar - which previews on Saturday - is a brand new commission from up and coming playwright Davey Anderson and is his first work for children and young people. We sneaked into rehearsals earlier this week to see how they were getting on.
This is from a scene called The Bullies...

Photos all by Eamonn McGoldrick.

Cx

Sound of My Voice - sneak preview

Sound of My Voice opens tonight in our smallest studio space - it's a great experience as you are up-close and personal to the actors in this intimate setting!

Here are a few rehearsal images from earlier this week to whet your appetite....
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Friday, 9 May 2008

Life Less Ordinary For A Rare Breed of Thespian


Herald critic Neil Cooper talked to Sandy Grierson from Little Otik last week about his work as Artistic Associate with Vanishing Point Theatre Company. Read the full article here on the Herald website. Sandy (pictured above left) plays the father to Otik in the play which opens here at the Citz on 21st May.

"I loved it, totally loved it"

In todays' edition of The Herald, there is a follow-up feature article about Debbie Findlay who was one of the leading characters in They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

You can read it here. I'm not sure how long this link stays live, so if you get the chance read it today!! Well done Debbie!

Hx

Little Otik - a baby is born in rehearsal

Some strange sounds have been emanating from our main rehearsal room this week as Vanishing Point Theatre Company bring to life the surreal story of Little Otik. Now the two week fit-up has begun on stage and it is already taking shape with dark gauzes, twisted branches, bizarre puppets and ten tonnes of dirt all making it look very interesting! It is definitely becoming one of our most highly anticipated shows of the season. Here's a snapshot of some moments in the rehearsal room...




The show opens in just 2 weeks time - 21st May.
You can book your tickets now by calling the box office on 0141 429 0022 or book online at www.citz.co.uk

This is one you will want to look back on and say 'I was there'.
Ax

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Horses Reach Finishing Post!

Three weeks have past since the final performance of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? and I just wanted to post a reflection on the process. There is so much to say but I’ll start with…this project was the most challenging to date and indeed the one I’m most proud of… I’m sure I’ve said that before!!


The five weeks of rehearsal and performance were an incredible journey as I’m sure many of the 40 strong cast would testify. I remember the first week ending on such a high as if nothing could go wrong. Certainly, most of the time, there was a wonderful feeling of support and creativity in the rehearsal room. We danced with Linda and Elly, we ran races in slow motion, we took part in a workshop led by visitors from Sweden, we changed dance partners many times, we laughed a lot, we struggled, became tired, got angry with each other and applauded when Sally sang with the band and George got his trumpet out!


I was impressed by the commitment of so many members of the company, there were a few who I thought would never see it through to the performance but I was happy to be proved wrong. Community Company and YOUNG Co. regulars were strong but the newcomers from Turning Point, blew me away and I hope they are as proud of what they achieved as Elly and I are…we miss them but hope they take whatever they got from the experience and move on positively. Thank you to all who contributed. I know none of us will ever forget the rehearsals, our costume, the fabulous set, the lighting, the music, our words and most of all the feeling of what we achieved in those five weeks…Watch this space for the next Community Company event…

Neil Packham
Community Drama Director
all photos by Tim Morozzo