"The shows I have chosen for 2019 are both a response to the current media debates regarding empowerment and equality for women, and what I feel is the most exciting and ambitious work that we should be presenting to audiences in Scotland." Dominic Hill
The Citizens Theatre has announced three new shows by women playwrights in its 2019 season, putting women characters – and therefore women actors – centre stage.
Citizens Women will be dedicated to showcasing the extraordinary and wide-ranging talent of professional and community theatre-makers and the power of performance to transform lives.
The season will include Nora: A Doll House, a radical retelling of Ibsen’s classic text by Olivier Award-winning Stef Smith, The Duchess (of Malfi) adapted and directed by Zinnie Harris, Fibres, a new play about the Clydeside asbestosis crisis by Frances Poet in co-production with Stellar Quines, and What Girls Are Made Of, the true story of Cora Bissett’s rollercoaster journey from the girl she was to the woman she wanted to be.
The Citizens is committed to diversity in all areas of its work. However, we have developed an expertise and reputation working with vulnerable women in Glasgow. In 2019 we will give a platform to the inspiring stories and journeys of the remarkable female participants we engage with through our Learning work.
Since 2012, the Citizens Learning team has delivered a creative residency at the Chara Centre, a residential service supporting women who are experiencing homelessness. A team of artists lead weekly multi-artform sessions which include creative writing, performance skills, songwriting and costume-making, culminating in performances devised and written by the women residing at the Centre.
The Citizens Young Co. provides opportunities in acting, writing and devising for young people aged 18-22. In 2019 they will present two shows that will tour to secondary schools. Working in partnership with Sense Over Sectarianism, Scarfed For Life written by Martin Travers will be directed by Lauren Mitchell, a former Young Co. member. Empty - a piece devised by the company that explores social and emotional pressure in teenage relationships - is the second part of Scratched Love (Young Start: National Lottery Funded), the first part of which was written by Catriona McNicoll during her time with the company.
"Over the years, our projects and performances have shown that women that we work with are capable of truly astonishing and inspiring journeys, making themselves better placed to step forward into self-determined life paths filled with positivity, and hope." Elly Goodman
Find out more about the shows from the playwrights below: