150 Glaswegians On Common Ground this summer

A cast of over 150 Glaswegians brought together by the Citizens Theatre will be joined by First Nation storytellers from Canadian Theatre company Debajehmujig to create a landmark outdoor event taking place in the Gorbals from 25 – 31 July 2014 as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

The Citizens Learning team have recruited the biggest community cast to date including performers, musicians, choir members and volunteers supported by a professional creative team to present five performances in the Gorbals Rose Garden which will be free to audiences.

On Common Ground is a celebration of Glasgow's distinctive cultural identity and the changing face of the Gorbals and an insight into the history, traditions and beliefs of the Debajehmujig Storytellers, a theatre company based in Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island, Canada. On Common Ground will explore the universal themes of community, family, and the natural world using music, song and live theatre.

Each evening, audiences will gather in the Citizens Theatre foyer to find out more about life on Manitoulin Island through exhibits, music, and arts and crafts. There will then be a 300 strong procession of audience members through the Gorbals with live performances and music lining the route to the Gorbals Rose Garden. There performers, a live band and choir will perform On Common Ground in a specially-built fully accessible performance area.

This large scale community event is the vision of a dedicated professional creative team including Co-Directors Elly Goodman, Neil Packham and Debajehmujig Artistic Director Joe Osawabin, Designer Janis Hart (promenade, puppets, set), Music Director Karen MacIver and Choir Manager Shelly Coyne with costumes designed by Anna Cocciadiferro and the Citizens foyer installation by Neil Haynes.


25 – 26 and 29 – 31 July 2014, 6.30pm 
Audio Described and BSL interpreted performances: 29, 30, 31 July
Tickets: Free, but must be booked in advance
Telephone: 0141 429 0022
Online booking:
In person: Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, G5 9DS. 10am – 6pm, Mon – Sat and to 8pm on performance evenings