RSAMD and The Citizens Theatre in Unique Collaboration

This March two of Scotland’s most iconic cultural organisations, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Citizens Theatre, will collaborate in a unique partnership that will allow performance/theatre students to learn their craft alongside seasoned professionals.
Springboards is a new and ambitious long-term collaboration to provide vocational education and training. Final year students from the RSAMD will collaborate with professional designers, directors, actors, stage managers and technicians at the Citizens Theatre to create two productions – Three Sisters and Plasticine.
Vice Principal of the Academy, Professor Maggie Kinloch, said: ‘I am delighted that we are reinforcing our relationship with the Citz.  We have a shared history that no others can claim. This partnership demonstrates that both the Academy and the Citizens are at the heart of the cultural wellbeing of Scotland.  It is partnerships like this that enable us to train a new generation of artists for Scotland and beyond.’
In the Main Theatre, Guy Hollands (Joint Artistic Director at the Citizens) and a cast of fifteen will bring energy and vitality to a new interpretation of Three Sisters, one of Chekhov’s masterpieces. One year after the death of their father, three sisters living in a small provincial town dream of escaping to Moscow to find a life worthy of their intellect and station.
Director Guy Hollands said, ‘Chekhov’s Three Sisters continues to endure more than 100 years after it was written because it is deeply revealing about a range of human relationships which are universally recognisable.  The play is uncompromising and yet compassionate and continues to intrigue and amuse audiences wherever it plays.
‘This is an exciting project and it’s great to work with so many enthusiastic young people. At the Citizens we are convinced that practical hands-on experience within a professional theatre environment is invaluable to the development of people entering the industry and we’re delighted to be working with the RSAMD to further our commitment to this vision.’
Vassily Sigarev’s controversial play Plasticine is directed in the Circle Studio by Adrian Osmond. Teenage outcast Maksim lives with his grandmother in a shabby apartment. Trapped in an urban chaos, he gets in more trouble than he can handle.  His only retreat is into a private universe that he moulds from plasticine and out of which springs a final act of reckless courage.
Adrian Osmond said:‘Plasticine delves into the raw underbelly of life in contemporary Russia, but in many ways I think that the story, with its violence and chaos, is universal to countless urban environments, including our own. Plasticine explores a world that much of the audience may not have had personal contact with. But that seems to be the essence of the experience it provides – it gives voice to people that aren’t represented often in our theatres, people that sometimes we wish didn't exist.
‘In the intimacy of the Circle Studio, Plasticine should be an intense and immediate experience. Some people may feel uncomfortable – it’s like you’ve taken a wrong turning, headed down an alleyway that’s darker than you expected.  But I think that’s one of most vital gifts that theatre can provide – an insight into experiences and emotions that reach beyond one's own daily life. It may be awful to behold, but it can also be necessary and rewarding.’
The collaboration aims to develop a unique model of conservatoire performance training, as students move from full time education into the world of work, which will make a significant contribution to Scotland’s creative and technical production skills-base. The agreement now provides the Academy with more varied training opportunities for its students.

For further information, press ticket, interview and picture requests please contact:
Cat McNaught, Marketing & Communications Officer – Citizens Theatre
0141 418 6233 / 
OR Katie Bell, Media Relations Department – RSAMD
 0141 270 8387 /
1. Drama at the Academy and the Citizens Theatre both spring from the vision of James Bridie. He founded the Citz in 1945 followed by the College of Dramatic Arts at the Academy in 1950.
2. In the pilot year of Springboards, 42 final year students will collaborate with professional directors, designers, actors, stage managers and technicians to create productions.
Plasticine earned Vassily Sigarev the Evening Standard’s Most Promising New Playwright Award.
4. Adrian Osmond studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge as a Choral Scholar.
He was winner of an inaugural Arches Award for Stage Directors, Staff Director at Scottish Opera and Intern Director on the Royal Opera House’s Young Artist Programme. He has performed with the ENO and RSC. He is Artistic Director of SweetScar Theatre Company. Recent directing credits include 4:48 Psychosis (Sweetscar/ Cumbernauld Theatre / Tramway), Sweeney Todd (LG Arts Center, Seoul), Tir Nan Og and Forbidden Fruit (Oran Mor).


Citizens Theatre and The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Guy Hollands
Main Theatre
Tue 30 March – Sat 3 April, 7.30pm
£10 full price, £7 all concessions
Tuesdays: £7 all tickets

PRESS NIGHT: Tue 30 Mar, 7.30pm
Citizens Theatre and The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
By Vassily Sigarev
Translated by Sasha Dugdale
Directed by Adrian Osmond
Circle Studio
Wed 31 March – Sat 3 April, 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 full price, £7 all concessions
Recommended for age 18+ due to language and sexual content.  
PRESS NIGHT: Wed 31 Mar, 7.30pm 


Monday, Mar 15, 2010

Contact: Katie Bell
Phone: 0141 270 8386