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Welcome to Citadel Arts Group



We work with people of all ages to create theatre and collect living memories of older people. We bring the past to life, create surprises in the present, and bring hope for the future through the Arts.


Citadel engages with people of all ages. Our audiences include older people, school pupils, community and marginalised groups. We provide opportunities for up-and-coming actors. Our writers are mainly older people from all walks of life.


We believe that live theatre can tackle challenging topics, educate, amuse, help strengthen communities and bridge the generation gap.


Liz Hare - Director Citadel Arts Group


Living Memory book launch at the Seagrove Centre.

Rae gets a drawing by a St Ninian's pupil inspired by her story. 


and Vanessa Nias


Age Scotland Partnership Award


In Oct 2014 in the Scottish Parliament, Citadel Arts Group and the Volunteer Centre in Dalkeith were delighted to receive Age Scotland's Partnership Award for a successful project collecting memories from people living with dementia. 


The older people also experienced live drama and met local school children with whom they shared their stories. Project leader Cecilia Rose created a play based on these memories and the school children performed this at the memory book launch. The award was accepted by Mags Burns, Cecilia Rose and Brenda Marr.






























WOMEN AT WORK, Citadel's latest living memory project was held in Jameson Place Shelter Housing, a Port of Leith Housing Association (POLHA) centre where we have lots of old friends. It was our 4th and largest POLHA project and focused on the fascinating and varied work memories of 11 women from Leith. This was a joint project with Edinburgh Art Festival and inspired by the Dazzle ship moored in Leith docks. Many of the Dazzle designs, painted onto our ships in WWI to confuse the enemy, were produced by women, and Ciara Phillips' original commissioned design for the Leith ship is called 'Every Woman'. A lovely book of the work memories was launched on 11 Jan in Jameson Place with pupils from the nearby Gaelic School presenting the women with portraits and illustrations of their stories.


For more information  on the book launch click on the link below.




  WW1 Dazzle Ships

In September, 2016, a trial reading of a new project, researched and written by Alan Mountford, based on the World War 1 dazzle ships, took place.  The reading was in Leith's Thomas Morton Hall with Trinity P4 pupils and tenants from the Port of Leith Housing Association Sheltered Housing.


They all enjoyed a draft of an early scene, random arts giving will support the project to develop a play about the WW1 Dazzle ships for Leith Festival 2017 and we are seeking further funding. This is a joint project with Edinburgh Art Festival.















Contact Us  



Leith Drama Team has its

very own page

Click Here


Citadel Publications

Copies can be ordered of

the living memory



Hermitage Court Memory Book


Leith Hospital Recalled (8.00)


Jameson Place, St Nicholas Court

Sheltered Housing and

Leith Community Centre



and the film

'The Right to Vote an A''That'

about the

Scottish Suffragettes

(10 plus p and p)






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