Pupils from Blackfriars Primary in the Gorbals joined the stars of the Citizens’ Christmas show, Pinocchio, on stage with Kirsty Parry of urban regeneration venture company Urban Union.

Urban Union has supported the Citizens Theatre since 2017. The Citizens’ Gorbals home, currently undergoing a major redevelopment, is a stone’s throw from Urban Union’s Laurieston Living development.

Blackfriars Primary have been supported to attend the production thanks to the generosity of audiences to the Citizens’ 2018 Christmas production A Christmas Carol. Audiences donated £20,021 to the theatre’s Pay it Forward campaign, supporting more than 2,000 young people and community groups to attend in 2019.

Citizens Theatre Artistic Director, Dominic Hill, said:

“We’re very grateful for the continued support from Urban Union. Their sponsorship helps us to continue delivering high-quality festive entertainment to audiences in the Southside while our Gorbals building undergoes redevelopment.

We were also overwhelmed by the generosity of our audience who last year completely exceeded our campaign targets. Many young people will be experiencing the magic of theatre for the first time this Christmas, and we’re asking our Pinocchio audience to show the same generosity again this year.

Urban Union, said:The Citizens Theatre sits just yards from our Laurieston Living development and plays such an important role in the local community. We are committed to supporting the arts within the area and take great pride in our partnership with the Citz.”

Founded in 2011, Urban Union creates revitalised communities through building new, high quality, affordable homes, including the Laurieston Living development in the Gorbals area of Glasgow and their latest development at Shawbridge Street in Pollokshaws.Urban Union previously sponsored the Citizens Theatre’s productions of A Christmas Carol (2018) and Trainspotting (2017).

Those attending Pinocchio will be able to make a donation to the 2019 Pay It Forward appeal at the end of each performance at Tramway.Alternatively, patrons can opt in to donate when booking tickets, or make a one off donation online here.

Dominic Hill added, “Even the smallest donation can make a big difference and I thank all of our audiences for supporting this year’s appeal.”

Pinocchio opens on 7 December and runs until 4 January. Tickets start at £9 for children and £15 for adults and are available to buy from the Citizens Theatre box office or 0141 429 0022.

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