MY COUNTRY - A NEW COLLABORATION WITH NATIONAL THEATRE OF GREAT BRITAIN.
Created in collaboration with the Citizens Theatre and seven other UK arts organisations in association with Cusack Projects Limited
MY COUNTRY; A WORK IN PROGRESS
a new play directed by Rufus Norris
in the words of people across the UK and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy
Tue 28 March – Mon 1 April
The National Theatre has collaborated for the first time with the Citizens Theatre to create a new play inspired by the recent EU Referendum. The views of people from across the UK, including Glasgow, have been interwoven by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and will be presented on stage at the Citizens Theatre from 28 Mar – 1 Apr, beginning the production’s UK tour following dates in London.
In the days following the Brexit vote, a team from the National Theatre of Great Britain spoke to people nationwide, aged 9 to 97, to hear their views. In a series of interviews, they heard opinions that were honest, emotional, funny and sometimes extreme. These testimonials are blended with speeches from political leaders to create a new play by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, and directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris.
Of the collaboration, Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre said, ‘I have never known a time when people are so engaged, angry, frustrated or excited about what it going on in the world. It feels like the referendum voted unleashed these feelings. The Citizens Theatre has a duty to respond to these events – to offer a platform for debate and argument and to create opportunities for imagining, understanding and listening to differing opinions. That is why I’m so thrilled that we are part of ‘My Country’. We are at the heart of a Glasgow community - this will be a chance to listen to that community and to other voices from all across the country.’
Cast for My Country; a work in progress includes: Seema Bowri, Cavan Clarke, Laura Elphinstone Adam Ewan, Penny Layden, Christian Patterson and playing the voice of Caledonia, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama alumnus Stuart McQuarrie.
Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, said, ‘One of my ambitions for the National Theatre is to make it truly national and through collaboration, embrace the creativity and opinion around the UK. The Brexit vote unleashed a host of questions about our country, way beyond the issue of Britain’s role in Europe. It articulated a deep disaffection. Those elements provoked a need and opportunity to create a piece of theatre that responds to that palpable sense of frustration and disillusionment. Art has always responded to what is happening now and it’s what I hope we achieve with My Country.’
The production is created in collaboration with eight UK arts organisations in association with Cusack Projects Limited. Join the conversation at: @NationalTheatre #MyCountry
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NOTES TO EDITORS
THE NATIONAL THEATRE
The National Theatre is dedicated to making the very best theatre and sharing it with as many people as possible. We produce productions on the South Bank in London each year, ranging from re-imagined classics to modern masterpieces and new work by contemporary writers and theatre-makers. The National’s work is seen on tour throughout the UK, in London’s West End, internationally (including on Broadway) and in collaborations and co-productions with theatres across the country.
Across 2015-2016, the NT staged 34 productions and gave 3,134 performances in the UK and internationally. The NT’s award-winning programme had a UK audience of 2.5 million, 700,000 of which were NT Live audiences.
The Clore Learning Centre at the NT is committed to providing programmes for schools, young people, families, community groups and adult learners, including the nationwide youth theatre festival Connections and playwriting competition New Views. In 2015-2016, we engaged with over 181,000 participants through the NT Learning events programme. Further, over 2,200 secondary schools have signed up to the free streaming service, On Demand. In Schools since its launch in September 2015.
The Citizens Theatre is an iconic venue and theatre company based in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. It has been one of Scotland’s flagship producing theatres since 1945 and celebrates its 70th anniversary in its Gorbals home in 2015. Fondly known as the Citz, it is led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill.
Within a beautiful Victorian auditorium that dates from 1878, the Citizens presents a world-class, contemporary repertoire based on bold new interpretations of classic texts. As its name suggests, it places a strong emphasis on work that can enhance and transform the lives of citizens of all ages, cultures and social backgrounds through performance and participation that everyone can access.
For the latest information on all Citizens Theatre shows, learning and participation activity and the upcoming building redevelopment project visit citz.co.uk
MY COUNTRY; A WORK IN PROGRESS
Following its run at the National Theatre, My Country; a work in progress will tour to the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Derry Playhouse, Liverpool Playhouse, Home, Manchester, Leicester Curve, the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, Strike a Light Festival, Gloucester, the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Birmingham Rep, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Theatre Clwyd, the Rozabaal in Amsterdam as part of the Holland Festival, Cambridge Arts Theatre and the Theatre Royal, Stratford East in London.
For more information, interviews and images, or to request tickets, please contact Louise Dingwall, Marketing & Press Officer email@example.com 0141 418 6232. Production images will be available to download from the Citizens Theatre flickr feed flickr.com/citizenstheatre
Created in collaboration with the Citizens Theatre and eight other UK arts organisations in association with Cusack Projects Limited
My Country; a work in progress
Words by Carol Ann Duffy
Directed by Rufus Norris
Tue 28 March – Mon 1 April
Seema Bowri (East Midlands), Cavan Clarke (Northern Ireland), Laura Elphinstone (North East), Adam Ewan (South West), Penny Layden (Britannia), Stuart McQuarrie (Caledonia), Christian Patterson (Cymru)
Tue 28 Mar – Mon 1 Apr 2017 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 1 Apr 2.30pm
Press Night: Tue 28 Mar 7.30pm
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