50P TICKETS UP FOR GRABS FOR THE HIT SCOTTISH MUSICAL GLASGOW GIRLS
Thursday 13 February 2014
For immediate release
Bargain hunting musical fans should make their way to the Citizens Theatre on Saturday 15 February to pick up a 50p ticket for the return of the hit Scottish musical Glasgow Girls. Running from 20 February – 8 March 2014 , Glasgow Girls is the first event of Culture 2014, part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.
100 tickets across 10 performances will go on sale at 10am on Saturday 15 February. The only way to secure these rock-bottom priced tickets is in person at the theatre, with tickets limited to two per person. 50p tickets for Glasgow Girls are only available on the morning of the sale and must be paid for in cash.
Based on true events which took place in 2005, Glasgow Girls is an empowering story of seven teenage girls who took on the Scottish Government when their friend and her family were detained and faced deportation, igniting a hugely vocal and powerful campaign which captured the imagination of the media. This musical based on their story received its world premiere at the Citizens Theatre in 2012.
With original songs from the diverse talents of the musical creative team which includes electronic grime from Patricia Panther, reggae-dub from Scots-Asian Rapper Sumati Bhardwaj (MC Soom T) and folk/rock from Cora Bissett and the Kielty Brothers, their inspirational story is brought to life with energy, humour and a huge beating heart!
Cora Bissett says “I am delighted that Glasgow Girls is coming back to the Citizens Theatre and the city it originated from, especially during such an important year, when Glasgow is hosting the Commonwealth Games. It feels incredibly fitting and timely to remount this show which celebrates the diversity of people, and the brave and passionate community spirit which characterises Glasgow in the 21st century, during a year which seeks to showcase and celebrate the culture of Scotland.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Background to 50p tickets
The Citizens Theatre has a longstanding reputation for presenting world-class performances of classic texts at its Gorbals home at a fair price. The Citizens Theatre directorship of Giles Havergal, Phillip Prowse and Robert David McDonald were renowned in the 70s and 80s for their entrepreneurialism. However, their innovations and risk-taking not only include the famous choice of programme but in a whole series of experimentation including pricing and marketing. In the early 70s the theatre operated a tiered pricing structure, with tickets ranging from 40p to
£1.10, but in 1976 a new 50p ticket price for all seats was introduced (25p for students and a free preview on the Thursday before the Friday opening). To put 50p in context, in 1976 the average
weekly wage for a man was £70 and £45.30 for a woman. A loaf of bread was 19.2p and a pint of beer 32p. 50p tickets were re-instated in February 2012, with 100 tickets offered at 50p for Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.
As well as its 50p ticket initiative, the Citizens offers a wide range of affordable tickets. All tickets for performances on Tuesdays are priced at £12 and preview performances at £8. Local Gorbals residents can also enjoy performances at the Citz for only £2, with a range of other concessions available for registered unemployed, young people, senior citizens and groups.
2. Glasgow Girls is presented by National Theatre of Scotland, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Citizens Theatre, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd. and Pachamama Productions in association with Merrigong Theatre Company (Australia)
3. The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme launched in July 2013 and is a national celebration with two strands: Culture 2014 and Festival 2014.
Culture 2014 is an unprecedented national programme of extraordinary new work by world- leading and emerging Scottish and international artists. It will be intimate and epic, intense and life-affirming. Stories will be told of individual lives and communities, special places and moments in time. These come together in one programme, creating a journey throughout Scotland that frames and celebrates the Games.
Festival 2014 is a massive Games- time celebration in Glasgow running alongside the sporting action, transforming the city from 19 July to 3 August with an invigorating mix of entertainment, culture and enjoyment filling the streets, spaces and stages of Glasgow.
The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is an opportunity for the whole of Scotland to get involved in the Games. From grassroots celebrations to large scale projects: the aim is for every community in Glasgow and Scotland to celebrate and benefit from this historic event.
The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland.
National Theatre of Scotland, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Citizens Theatre, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd and Pachamama Productions, in association with Merrigong Theatre Company (Australia) present
Inspired by a true story
Conceived for the stage and directed by Cora Bissett
Book by David Greig
Music and Lyrics by Cora Bissett, Sumati Bhardwaj (Soom T), Patricia Panther and the Kielty Brothers
Musical Direction & Arrangements by Hilary Brooks, Associate Musical Direction by Jon Beales, Set Design by Merle Hensel, Lighting Design by Lizzie Powell, Sound Design by Fergus O’Hare, Choreography by Natasha Gilmore
Cast includes: Callum Cuthbertson, Roanna Davidson, Karen Fishwick, Myra McFadyen, Stephanie McGregor, Joanne McGuinness, Amaka Okafor, Patricia Panther, Juliana Yazbeck.
Dates: Thursday 20 February – Saturday 8 March, 2014 at 7.30pm (no performances Sundays and Mondays
Press Night: Friday 21 February, 7.30pm
Preview: Thursday 20 February at 7.30pm
Matinees: Saturday 1, 8 March at 2.30pm
Audio described: Wednesday 26 February at 7.30pm
Captioned: Saturday 1 March at 2.30pm
British Sign Language: Friday 7 March at 7pm
Tickets: £12 - £19.50
Previews £8 | Tuesdays £12 in partnership with The List
50p Tickets | 10 tickets, 10 performances on sale at 10am Saturday 1 February.
NB – 50p Tickets must be bought in person at the theatre, cash only.
Age: Recommended for 12+
Post show discussion: Tuesday 4 March - explore issues raised in the show with director Cora Bissett.