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 together. Our artistic interventions are designed to generate positive change and personal development.
In this section, you can find out more about our different projects for women, including our work with women experiencing homelessness, Tomorrow's Women, 218 Women's Service and the Silent Heroine's Disco.
Women Experiencing Homelessness
We deliver creative residencies in the homeless sector. This includes the Chara Centre and Elder Street projects run by Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership. A team of artists lead regular workshops for women including creative writing, performance skills, songwriting and costume making. The sessions culminate in two performances per year, devised and written by the women residing at the centres.
For several years we have delivered a creative residency at the Chara Centre. Weekly sessions lead up to a sharing. Past sharings have explored topics such as growing old disgracefully, future plans, strength, femininity, dating, midgy bites, wedding hats and bingo! Find out more about Chara Centre.
Our creative residency at Elder Street is a new project in partnership with the Chara Centre. Since the first session in February 2019 our weekly workshops have thrived, with enthusiasm from both the residents and staff. Find out more about Elder Street.
Through My Window
Through My Window is a project to support women during the Coronavirus pandemic. Many of the women we work with are digitally excluded and were especially isolated during lockdown due to poor health, poverty and/or loneliness. Socially distanced visits have helped reignite moments of creative connection and supported positive mental health. Find out more about Through My Window.
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. Our plays explore specific themes such as the criminal justice system, routes to positive change and relationships. Find out more about Tomorrow’s Women.
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 is designed to address issues with substance misuse, physical/mental health and other social needs including housing and childcare. We deliver a series of creative writing and drama workshops with the women and staff. Find out more about the 218 Women’s Service.
Silent Heroines’ Disco
The Silent Heroines’ Disco was an alternative audio and immersive theatre piece performed by an all-female cast. It was established by Rotterdams Wijktheater project Women Connected, a community arts network for women in Rotterdam. Find out more about Silent Heroines’ Disco.