Written by Martin Travers & Jamie Livingstone
Performed by Creative Citizens
Following on from the success of this last year’s production Wid Ye Credit It? by Martin Travers, Creative Citizens will return to Tramway this year with a new play by Martin Travers and Jamie Livingstone – Sheriff Dick’s Swan Songwill be performed in T4 on 2nd – 4th March 2023.
Creative Citizens is a project that uses theatre and the creative arts to engage marginalised people who experience addiction, homelessness, mental health issues, the criminal justice system, and poverty.
The performers come from a variety of recovery and community projects throughout Glasgow and for some, this will be their first time on stage. Sheriff Dick’s Swan Song is jointly directed by Kate Black and Annmarie Strain with support from a team of Glasgow’s highly experienced theatre-makers, designers, and technicians.
Synopsis: Sheriff Dick is on the warpath. It’s his last day on the job, and the people of Glasgow are getting it. Full of yee ha! And haha! Dementia, witchcraft, slavery, energy prices, hen nights, and the typical mad family are all on trial – these are all in a day’s work at Glasgow’s Sheriff Court. In the usual Creative Citizens style, you’ll laugh, greet, and dance your way out of the theatre.
Process: the play is the result of a collaboration between the writers, Creative Citizens participants, and drama-based consultation workshops in various recovery and community projects in Glasgow. These workshops explored people’s criminal justice system experiences within their own lives and communities. All material gathered from the workshops was then given to the writers to work their magic.
Funders: Glasgow City Council’s Communities Fund with support from The Corra Foundation