New Citizens Theatre production for young people, Maud’s Map, to launch in two Glasgow schools
- New show for young audiences will perform in two Gorbals primary schools in late March 2023.
- Based on a book by Jen Edgar, Maud’s Map is a new play for children aged 5-10 years about harnessing inner strength.
- The play will be directed by Head of Creative Learning Catrin Evans and performed by Rosalind Sydney and Taylor Goodwin.
- A series of workshops are currently being delivered to explore the production’s themes of emotional literacy and confidence in the run up to the performances.
- Part of the Citz Creative Learning team’s Gorbals Schools residency, an eight-month artistic residency in the local Primary Schools.
The Citizens Theatre will bring the magic of live theatre into the classroom this March, with pupils at two Gorbals primary schools set to enjoy a brand-new production created especially for younger audiences.
Maud’s Map, a richly imaginative show based on a book by theatre-maker Jen Edgar, will be performed for pupils at St Francis' Primary School and Blackfriars Primary School in the Citizens Theatre’s home neighbourhood of the Gorbals. Created and presented with a full professional team, the show addresses the power of self-belief as a young person, and the big feelings and emotions that sometimes come with growing up.
Maud and her Mum are explorers, pioneers beyond compare. They are curious, courageous and together they make a seemingly unstoppable team. Until one day Maud wakes up feeling a little different than usual, with a new heaviness sitting inside her. Unable to ignore it and scared about letting down her mum, especially since they both lost her dad, Maud decides to strike out on her own and find the source of this bad feeling.
Taking in a journey through wild landscapes, emotions, questions and discoveries, Maud discovers how to harness her inner strength and heal the hole that’s in her heart. Packed with visual imagination and whimsical design, Maud’s Map encourages every young explorer to be brave and map out the world that’s living in them.
Led by Citizens Theatre’s Head of Creative Learning Catrin Evans as Director, Maud’s Map will be performed by celebrated children’s theatre-maker RosalindSydney and Taylor Goodwin, recently seen in the Tron Theatre’s acclaimed all-female production of The Tempest. The show will feature set, costume and puppet design by Jenny Booth and sound design from Niroshini Thambar, and will also feature evocative puppetry created by Ailie Cohen.
Ahead of the production Primary 4 pupils at the schools will have the chance to directly contribute to the show, working with the schools team led by Carly McCaig and Zephyr Liddell, and the show's creative team to create unique performances, props, and sound pieces that will form a part of the performances in March. The show will also form part of a wider classroom resource, with pupils enjoying creative workshops exploring the show’s themes of emotional literacy and confidence.
Writer and Movement Director Jen Edgar said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled that Maud’s Map has found a home at the Citizens Theatre. Maud started life as a picture book which I wrote and illustrated in 2020. It was Catrin Evans, Head of Creative Learning at the Citizens Theatre, who saw a theatrical potential in the story which I hadn’t. She asked me to adapt the book into a play, and I immediately accepted the challenge. Bringing the story to life with the fantastic creative team has been a dream come true. It’s a privilege to share Maud’s Map with the children in the Gorbals community. My hope is that Maud will entertain and inspire all of the children and grown-ups who come to meet her.”
Maud’s Map is the culmination of the Citizens Theatre’s Gorbals Primary Schools residency – an exciting new engagement project which has seen the company’s Creative Learning team take up residence in two local schools, St Francis' Primary and Blackfriars Primary, between September 2022 and March 2023.
The project has seen teachers and more than two-hundredP4 and P7 pupils benefit from in-school creative workshops led by the Citizens Theatre team, helping to inspire confidence in performing arts, from drama skills to communication.
Pupils have also been able to directly take part in two new productions including Maud’s Map and 2022family Christmas show Red Riding Hood, for which the P7 classes created a special curtain raiser performance, working alongside professional theatre teams and performing for their schools, friends, and family. More than 600 pupils from the wider school community will also have attended performances of each show. It has also been an opportunity for local young people to engage with the work of the entire Citizens Theatre team, from creatives to wardrobe, sound, and marketing.
The Primary Schools residency is a key touchstone of the Citizens Theatre’s ‘homecoming’ plans, helping to forge and enrich connections with local Gorbals and Southside neighbours, ahead of the company celebrating the return home to its iconic Gorbals venue when the redeveloped Citizens Theatre opens in 2024.
Catrin Evans, Citizens Theatre Head of Creative Learning and Artistic Director of Maud’s Map said:
“I loved Maud’s Map from the moment I read it - it's exactly the sort of story that I want us to offer young people - full of heart, emotional depth and plenty of silliness and hope. It has been a joy to work on it with our talented creative team and cast. Jen Edgar has created such relatable characters for the school children in the Gorbals and the show has huge long-term potential. This Citizens Theatre residency is such an important part of building our relationships with our neighbours and across communities. It is great that the workshops are already underway. We look forward to welcoming these young people into our building when we reopen next year.”
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Written by Jen Edgar Directed by Catrin Evans
Performed by Taylor Goodwin and Ros Sydney.
Movement direction by Jen Edgar.
Set, costume, and puppet design by Jenny Booth.
Composition and sound design by Niroshini Thambar.
Puppet Design and Consultation by Ailie Cohen.
Lighting design by Stuart Jenkins.
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Citizens Theatre is Glasgow’s major producing theatre and one of the leading theatre companies in the UK. It is internationally renowned for ground-breaking theatre productions and a pioneering programme of participatory and community work. It is led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill who is regarded as having “a talent for classical drama which is genuinely world class.” (Daily Telegraph) and Executive Director, Alex McGowan. The theatre presents bold new interpretations of classic texts alongside new writing. It is firmly rooted in its local Gorbals community at the heart of Glasgow’s cultural and creative offering, while maintaining a national and international outlook.
The company’s Victorian home in the Gorbals is currently closed while it undergoes a major redevelopment. This is the first comprehensive, integrated redevelopment of the building since it opened in 1878. The project will transform the experiences of audiences, participants and performers and secure the future of one of Scotland’s most iconic buildings and leading producing theatres. It is due to re-open in 2024. More information: citz.co.uk
Participation and Community Engagement at the Citizens Theatre
The Citizens Theatre’s participation and community engagement programme is at the heart of the company’s work to engage people from all walks of life with the theatre. For over two decades, a pioneering range of projects, productions, workshops and classes have connected people with the artistic programme and with each other. It provides the opportunity to develop life skills, increase wellbeing and make positive change through practical participation in the creative life of the theatre. The regular programme of work includes an in-house youth programme; ensembles for young adults; play-reading workshops; a weekly drop-in community drama group for adults; specifically designed projects with schools, prisons, homeless units and community groups across Glasgow and the surrounding areas; large scale community productions; and actor and director internships, training and apprenticeships. Reflecting its roots, the programme places a particular emphasis on connecting with groups and individuals within the Gorbals and wider Glasgow Southside community.Return to Press