Citadel Arts Group is a Leith based theatre company who, in normal times, work with older people to develop new plays. During lockdown, their projects of course had to go on hold, and they moved their playwrights group to Zoom, giving members the challenge of creating short audio scripts which would confront the reality of life under lockdown.
Six of these scripts, all written by people in their 70s, have been turned into audio plays with sound effects and music, and are available to listen to on www.citadelgoesviral.com. They are being released on Monday of each week, the first one having been on 6th July.
The contents of the plays vary from humour to sadness and frustration. I found the first one, a monologue called The Duchess of Kirkcaldy, interesting and very moving, but I have to admit I found the next two, both of which had several characters, more difficult to listen to, and I can’t help but feel they would work better with visuals rather than just as audio. Regardless of this, however, it is a testament to the great work that Citadel Arts Group do that they have come up with new ways to work together while unable to meet up, and have turned this into a positive learning experience for both the members and the staff.
Review by Lisa Sibbald
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