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It Should Be Me Up There

Community Production

In March 2011, the Citizens Community Company travelled to Rotterdam to take part in the prestigious International Community Arts Festival.

‘It all started when my addictions got me into trouble with the law, I had two choices: go to jail or do something about my recovery. This is the story of how I ended up in the theatre.’

At the heart of the Gorbals in Glasgow - where remnants of an era of economic deprivation now stand alongside expensive modern apartments - a 133-year-old theatre has become a place where people feel a sense of belonging and have the desire to challenge themselves.

It Should Be Me Up There! featured the journeys of everyday people drawn from all walks of life - some of whom have struggled with alcohol and drug dependencies, mental health problems or long-term unemployment - 
and explored why they took the personal risk of performing in front of hundreds of people and what difference doing so has made to their lives.

This piece of theatre celebrated their stories. It was a candid, personal and life affirming, told with uncompromising honesty and Glasgow’s uniquely wry humour.

Citizens Community Company perform in the International Community Arts Festival


  • Spring 2011

Citizens Community Company
It Should Be Me Up There!
World Première

Thu 31 March, 8.30pm
Zuidplein Theatre, Rotterdam

Read Neil’s blog from the International Community Arts Festival.

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Listen to Community Drama Director, Neil Packham talking about It Should Be Me Up There:


Photos by Kees Deenik.