The Grapes of Wrath Media Release
By John Steinbeck
Adapted by Tim Baker
Sponsored by Scott and Co.
The Citizens Theatre Community Company returns to the main stage this Spring with its production of The Grapes of Wrath. Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s epic American novel about the Great Depression is given new life by a 40-strong community cast, in a timely production about human resilience in the face of economic exploitation.
This production will see regular members of the Company, drawn from every age range and walk of life, joined by first-time actors from Turning Point, Scotland - a rehabilitation service for people with alcohol and drug addictions, mental health and learning disabilities.
Driven from their home, the Joad family make the monumental trek westward to California, joining thousands of other migrants in search of land, jobs and dignity. Seduced by the prospect of a new life they invest everything they have in the journey. Their hopes rise and crumble as they struggle to survive the crossing - California may not be the promised land after all.
The Grapes of Wrath will be the Community Company’s third large-scale production on the main stage, following on from productions of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? and Ice Cream Dreams. It is the philosophy of the Citizens Theatre that these performances are fully supported by the professional production team to ensure production values of the highest standard.
Also appearing is professional actor Mairi Phillips, currently Actor Intern at the Citizens Theatre, in the role of Rose of Sharon. Since taking up post Mairi has appeared in three Citizens productions; as Bianca in Othello, wicked step-sister Vanity in Cinderella and in the title role of the acclaimed one-woman show, My Name is Rachel Corrie.
The cast will be accompanied by an eight piece band, led by Musical Director Scott Twynholm. Scott is a songwriter/ musician from Glasgow and his music has appeared in numerous films including Vanilla Sky and Palme d’Or nominated The Edukators. The band, made up of cast members, includes a saw player, baglama (Turkish lute) and cajón (percussion box), alongside the more traditional fiddles, guitars and ukulele. They will perform a mix of original and traditional songs, inspired by Woody Guthrie.
Joint Artistic Directors, Guy Hollands and Jeremy Raison said: ‘The Grapes of Wrath is part of the Citizens Theatre’s ongoing commitment to provide rewarding theatre experiences to the widest possible range of members of our community. Time and again we see the life-changing potential that these projects can have for their participants. The Citizens Theatre offers many opportunities to engage with our Learning activities which underpin our commitment to inspire people to make positive choices in their lives.’
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NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Scott + Co have a particularly dominant position in the enforcement, recovery and investigations marketplace in Scotland. It is a professional partnership with a strong reputation for service delivery and excellent performance. This reputation has been built on the back of an unrivalled blend of centralised and decentralised services and a total commitment to quality management. The business continues to expand through service excellence, reputation management and key acquisitions. Scott + Co have previously sponsored projects that combine social action and artistic innovation, including the OutWrite programme with the Traverse Theatre and Polmont Young Offenders Institute.
2. This is the Citizens’ third collaboration with Turning Point Scotland. Formed in April 1999, Turning Point Scotland was established for the provision of rehabilitation services for people with alcohol and drug addictions, mental health and learning disabilities.
3. The Actor Intern position is supported by The Robertson Trust.
4. Songs from the show, performed by the Community Company can be heard recorded on Audioboo on the Citizens Theatre blog - http://citizenstheatre.blogspot.com/2010/04/cool-as-folk.html
CITIZENS COMMUNITY COMPANY
In 2009 the Citizens Community Company celebrated its 10th anniversary. The company is made up of around thirty permanent members aged from 22 to 80, from all walks of life; living, learning or working in Glasgow. Members include those working part time, retired, at college, on benefits or in recovery. The company is free to join and no previous theatre experience is required. The group brings people together of different abilities and backgrounds to develop new skills, grow confidence and ultimately take part in performance projects. The Community Company usually produces one large-scale performance project per year along with a range of seasonal shows.
Anybody living, learning or working in Glasgow and the surrounding area who has an interest in joining the company (you needn’t have any experience of acting) should contact Neil Packham on 429 5561 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Directors: Neil Packham and Elly Goodman
Designed: Neil Haynes
Musical Director: Scott Twynholm
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
Citizens Community Company
Wed 19 – Sat 22 May, 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 22 May, 2.30pm
Prices: £10 full price (concessions available)