Citizens Theatre Easter Academy
Mount Olympus School of Gods, Citizens Theatre Easter Academy 2016. Photo by Alex Brady
From 4th-9th April I led the 8-10s age group at Easter Academy at the Citizens Theatre. Our theme for the week was Ancient Greece and the group devised a short play called “Mount Olympus School of Gods” which was performed in the Circle Studio on Saturday 9th April to an audience of friends and family. You can find out more about the piece in this blog post or view some production shots on flickr.
Divided City – Renfrewshire
DIVIDED CITY, Citizens Theatre, Heriot and St Paul’s Primary SCHOOLS 2014. PHOTO BY ANGELA SMITH
Having worked on this large scale project with Citizens’ Learning from January 2014-March 2015 in North Lanarkshire, I was really pleased to return to the project in Renfrewshire. I directed another production of the primary schools’ version of Martin Travers and Claire McKenzie’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Theresa Breslin’s novel Divided City, this time with St Paul’s Primary, Foxbar and Heriot Primary. The P7 pupils from both schools performed at Heriot Primary on Tuesday 15th March.
The Rifles, south lanarkshire leisure and culture in association with citizens theatre, 2015. photo by alex brady.
Alongside Guy Hollands, I co-directed this new piece of theatre which was written by Martin Travers with new music by Claire McKenzie. Based on diaries and letters from soldiers in The Cameronian regiment during World War One, the show featured a cast of young people from the six Hamilton District High Schools and ran at Hamilton Town House from 5th-7th November.
As well as co-directing the production I also delivered outreach workshops to primary 7 pupils in the district who attended schools’ performances on the 5th and 6th November.
Scarfed for Life
Alongside Glen Dickson, I co-directed an abridged version of Scarfed for Life with a group of young people from the CUPI youth group in Greenhills, East Kilbride. The play was performed at East Kilbride Arts Centre in July 2015. Scarfed for Life was my second project with the group, having co-directed Move the Goalposts which was performed, also at EK Arts Centre, in October 2014.
Scarfed for Life, East Kilbride arts centre 2015. Photo by Glen Dickson.
It was a real privilege to return to Harlequin – Eastwood Theatre for Youth (where I started out as a shy 9-year-old) to direct their 2015 senior show. I had seen Loserville during its short London run and knew it would be a great choice for Harlequin. The production ran at Eastwood Park Theatre in March.
Loserville in rehearsal, Harlequin – Eastwood Theatre for youth. Photo by Barry Kyle.
I’ve been working with the Stonehouse Lifestyles Drama group weekly for around two years. At the start of 2015 the group performed their adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The performance is said to have been the best attended event that the centre have run. This was followed by an adaptation of A Christmas Carol in December 2015 and a production of Cinderella in June 2016.
The cast of macbeth, Stonehouse lifestyles 2015. Photo courtesy of South Lanarkshire Council.
Having previously worked with Strange Town Youth Theatre’s 11-14s to direct You Game by Natalie MacKinnon, I returned in Autumn 2014 to direct Cindy by Amy Drummond. Both plays were performed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
Cindy, Strange town Youth Theatre, scottish storytelling centre 2014. Photo by Paul Johnston (Coppermango).