News from North of the Border

Sandra Giorgetti

Citizens Theatre and Untitled Projects are collaborating to offer a mid–career theatre director a two-year residency.

The programme centres on career and professional development and includes relevant research visits, support to study and stage large-scale classic plays and mentoring from Stewart Laing and Dominic Hill, the artistic directors of the two companies.

The residency will come to a close with the participant directing a classic play on the main stage of the Citizens Theatre as part of the venue's season of work. This paid part–time position also involves working on theatre operations and programming.

Applications may be made by directors who have been working in professional theatre anywhere in Scotland for at least five years and who have directed at least three fully-staged productions.

Other news from The Citizens includes details of its Spring 2014 season.

Dominic Hill is to direct the Scottish première of Stephen Jeffreys’s The Libertine and a new production of Strindberg’s classic play Miss Julie adapted by Zinnie Harris, which opens in February, followed by the previously reported return of hit musical Glasgow Girls at the end of the month.

The West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Lemn Sissay's adaptation of Benjamin Zephaniah’s Refugee Boy visits in March, but the new year opens with Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit Ciara, an award-winning monologue starring Blythe Duff, and Filter’s radical re-interpretation of Twelfth Night directed by Sean Holmes, artistic director of Lyric Hammersmith.

Glasgow hosts the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Citizens will be celebrating with a community project, On Common Ground, an outdoor performance piece and Sports Day, a revue devised by some of Scotland’s leading playwrights and songwriters with a cast of non-professional performers from across the city.

Scottish Opera's revival of Dominic Hill’s production of Verdi’s Macbeth forms part of the 2014 Year of Homecoming celebrations.

Amongst the line up for the Glasgow International Comedy Festival are Miles Jupp, Shappi Khorsandi, Rory Bremner and Ruby Wax. There is also comedy for the younger generation with James Campbell Comedy For Kids (recommended age range is six and over).

Theatre company Vanishing Point, in collaboration with National Theatre of Scotland, presents a new biographical piece of Scottish artist Ivor Cutler using his music, prose, poetry. The Beautiful Cosmos is created by Vanishing Point artistic director Matthew Lenton, Sandy Grierson and James Fortune.

Also from the National Theatre of Scotland and part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme comes The Tin Forest, in association with Scottish Youth Theatre.

Celebrating Glasgow’s industrial past and creative future, this project was inspired by the book by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson; it sees a phased community project on a vast scale which will take over the South Rotunda on Clydeside, then playing across Glasgow and the world thanks to the involvement of international practitioners.

On the programme will be a seven-day festival created by international young theatre makers, an immersive puppet experience and visual art installation, site-specific events devised by four ex-industrial communities (railways, shipbuilding, steel and aircraft components), and the works of a specially commissioned international performing company of 90 young theatre makers from the 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

Simon Sharkey, Associate Director at the National Theatre of Scotland, says, “Having been all over Scotland, making large-scale, site-specific event theatre with the most wonderful communities, it is unbearably exciting to bring our 'Theatre without Walls' to my home city.

"I can’t wait to engage with the communities of Glasgow and connect them to the Commonwealth by retelling their story and re-imagining our future in the world, with them.”

The Tin Forest has performances at the South Rotunda on Glasgow’s Clydeside during July and August. The site-specific community performances take place throughout June in Springburn, Govan, East End and Southwest.

For Citizens Theatre and Untitled Projects, completed application forms must be submitted by 20 January. Further information is available from the Untitled Projects web site www.untitledprojects.co.uk/opportunities.