The Birds

Citizens Young Co. present

THE BIRDS

By Aristophanes
In a version by Stephen Greenhorn
12 – 14 May

Following last year’s sell-out run of Southside Stories, the Citizens Young Co. are returning to the Citizens’ Circle Studio with cheeky comedy, The Birds by Stephen Greenhorn based on the classic Greek play by Aristophanes. Running in the Circle Studio from 11 – 14 May, The Birds complements Citizens Theatre’s Greek inspired Main Stage production This Restless House based on the ancient trilogy The Oresteia.

Widely considered to be Aristophanes comic masterpiece, The Birds tells the story of two cunning Athenians who persuade the birds to build the utopian city of ‘Skylarkadia’ in the sky, blockading the Olympian gods and installing themselves as new deities. Stephen Greenhorn has created a bold, lively and uproarious version of the classic. Greenhorn is best known as creator of River City, Sunshine on Leith and episodes of Doctor Who.

Launched in 2005, the Citizens Young Co. has performed a very broad range of work - including Shakespeare, new writing, Buchner, devised performances, Scottish travellers’ tales and commissioned plays - in venues as varied as the Royal National Theatre, Glasgow City Chambers, secondary schools across Glasgow and in its home in the Citizens Theatre.

Last year the company celebrated their tenth anniversary with a production entitled Southside Stories exploring the vibrant culture of the Govanhill community in a piece of verbatim theatre. Young Co were specially selected from youth drama groups from across the UK to take part in the inaugural Chrysalis Festival in 2015 where they performed Southside Stories. The festival was launched by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland to showcase emerging talent from across the country and was hosted by the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. 

Citizens Young Co. provides opportunities in acting, writing and devising for young people aged 18 – 22, affording them a unique insight into the world of professional theatre-making by offering a range of opportunities throughout the year to be part of the wider creative life of the Citizens Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now and are available by calling the Citizens Theatre Box Office on 0141 429 0022 10am – 6pm Monday – Saturday, or by visiting the Citizens’ website citz.co.uk

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For more information, interviews and images, or to request tickets, please contact Claire Lowney, Marketing & Communications Officer claire@citz.co.uk 0141 418 6232.

LISTINGS

Citizens Young Co. present

THE BIRDS

By Aristophanes
In a version by Stephen Greenhorn
Dates: Thursday 12 May – Sat 14 May 2016 7.30pm (Circle Studio)
Matinee: Saturday 14 May 2.30pm
Tickets: £2 - £10
£10 full price / £6 concessions

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