Projects for Women
The Citizens Theatre has a long history of working with women’s groups in the community.We generate a safe space within which women can explore issues that impact their lives, so reinforcing a shared female commonality. Our artistic interventions are designed to generate positive change and personal development.
Over the last five years the Citizens Learning team have delivered a creative residency at the Chara Centre, a residential service supporting women who are experiencing homelessness. A team of artists lead multi-art form sessions for women every week which include creative writing, performance skills, song writing and costume making which culminate in two performances per year, devised and written by the women residing at the centre.
Stories and music have a huge role in the creative programme at the Chara Centre. By sharing our stories and life experiences through the power of drama and music, our work encourages group members to reconnect with play as an adult.
Past shows have explored topics such as growing old disgracefully,future plans, strength, femininity, dating, midgy bites,wedding hats and bingo!
"Being with this group has taught me how to be me again, great time with good people thanks."
"This group has allowed me to escape my problems. The Citz team put a smile on a lot of people’s faces at the centre."
"I’ve really enjoyed coming to the Citizens group, it has helped my confidence and to open up more about my feelings."
The C Word magazine
A more recent addition to our creative programme is a weekly editorial group which produces THE C WORD – a magazine written, designed and created by the women and the Citizens Theatre team. Our aim has been to develop a magazine that communicates to women in a creative way and holds not only useful contact information, but also has a wider appeal, including shared personal stories and life experiences.
Ultimately, we wanted to evoke a sense of solidarity and a voice within the homeless community. The magazine would also equip the contributors with a chance to expand their IT, journalism and design skills.
THE C WORD is a bi-annual publication with six issues so far, and is distributed to Women’s Services throughout the city.
The Citizens Theatre gratefully acknowledges funding for the creative programme from:
"Thanks for inviting me along to THE C WORD magazine launch. This is a beautiful centre, with incredibly warm, friendly staff. The magazine is a stroke of genius. It’s professional, it’s important, it’s even just lovely to hold in your hand! What the Citz staff achieve here is just inspirational. It was fantastic to meet the women who have made all this possible." - Shelly Coyne – National Review of Arts and Homelessness in Scotland.
For many years we have worked in close partnership with Women's Services, Tomorrow’s Women a multi-agency Community Justice Centre which supports women who are at high risk of re-offending and who have multiple needs. We offer a year round creative programme working towards performances at the Citizens Theatre. Our plays explore specific themes such as the criminal justice system, routes to positive change and relationships.
Past projects have enabled us to work closely with Prison Officers on secondment from their roles within Scottish Prison Service and have taken part in performances at the Citizens Theatre.
The Citizens Learning team are delivering a year round creative residency with participants and staff members. Each week, Women take part in workshops based at the centre in the Gorbals and have recently recorded an album of original songs created in the songwriting sessions.
The group are also involved in creative writing, drama and costume making sessions.
"I loved doing the play I didn’t think I would be able to do it, but with the support of the women we did it together. Well done to us all. Thank you to the Citizens for having us." - Tomorrow's Women participant
"Fantastic performance, great message for all cast, hugely positive and enthusiastic for the women involved delighted for everyone for overcoming so many barriers and challenges." - Audience member
"Was very impressed to hear of the time and commitment the girls put into the show. The camaraderie between the cast was evident. The show put out a very positive message for community throughcare." - Audience member
"Going to the theatre got me out with the other lassies rather than sitting in the house where I sometimes feel lonely and isolated.I couldnae normally afford to go to the theatre so this is a great opportunity for me - I thoroughly enjoyed it." - Tomorrow's Women participant
218 Women’s Service
The 218 service is a Turning Point Scotland service that takes a person-centred approach in dealing with issues that women offenders face. The programme at 218 is designed to address issues with substance misuse, physical/mental health and other social needs including housing and childcare.The service deals with women who have current criminal justice involvement and a range of complex needs.
The Citizens Theatre is currently delivering a series of creative writing and drama workshops with the women and staff at 218 Service.
All groups are regular patrons at the Citizens Theatre and with the support from the Paul Hamlyn fund ticket scheme, have been able to enjoy high quality productions at the theatre.
"Just wanted to let you know that all our women thoroughly enjoyed Trainspotting. Some of the women had never been to the theatre before so it was a great experience. For the ones who had seen the original film they thought the play was better. The ice-cream also went down well. Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity. It was a great night and so good to give the women new experiences." - Practitioner at Turning Point Scotland