20 Years of Community Theatre at The Citz

The Citizens Theatre is a leading producer of community theatre productions.

Since 1999, the Citizens Theatre has regularly invited non-professional performers from all walks of life to take to our famous stages and be a part of our story.

Since that first production, we have gone on to produce 50 community productions, from full-scale plays on the main stage to intimate shows in the circle studio. Participants have also taken part in international festivals in Edinburgh, Sweden and Rotterdam.

As well as sold-out productions with large non-professional casts, the weekly drop-in group, Community Collective, is a central component of the Citizens’ Community Theatre work.

Highlights from the past 20 years of community theatre at the Citizens include Ice Cream Dreams in co-production with TAG Theatre Company in 1999 which was the first main stage production; Temptations of Tam in 2012, a co-production with Scottish Opera; A Night to Remember which marked the final performance by the community company before the Citizens Theatre building closed for redevelopment and On Common Ground, a major participatory event with Debajehmujig Storytellers performed as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. On Common Ground was awarded the Glasgow Life Award for the most creative contribution for realising the ambition of Festival 2014.

In 2019, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of that production by looking back at some of the most memorable performances given by our community casts. Click here to go on a walk down memory lane with our timeline of key events. 

We’re also inviting you, as a participant, audience member or colleague, to share your memories.

If you are interested in taking part in the Community Collective, a weekly drop-in drama group, please contact Neil Packham, Community Drama Director or call 01414186244.

Community Collective is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund