The Arches presents
Tue 23 - Sat 27 Apr 2013 | 7pm | 70 mins | £11/£8 (£6 on Tues 23rd) or see Festival/Day Pass info below
REVIEWS FOR POKE AT BEHAVIOUR FESTIVAL 2013
“Monfrooe is one of the most important voices in theatre today: inventive, intuitive and aware.”
Across The Arts
“thought provoking… the concept is incredibly relevant… an intense piece of theatre”
“…highly thought provoking… Monfrooe has taken risks for which she ought to be commended.”
In a vain contest for authority, two women enslave the living world in a parade of individual power and dominance. Like goddesses of the ancient world they conjure and control nature, confident of their own supremacy. But their fantasy of power is undermined by the reality of their collapsing world – forcing the women to reconcile, or die…
Amanda Monfrooe presents this darkly humorous allegory, using puppets, music and performance to tell the story of two women trying to take control of the world – and inevitably destroying it…
Playing with the parallel between the escalating sexual violence and continued destruction of the environment which has marked the first decade of the 21st century, this brand new work witnesses a battle of power between two goddesses of the natural world, both using their different powers to try and dominate the other.
A surreal, darkly funny critique of sex, masculinity and destruction of the sexual act from Amanda Monfrooe (How Keanu Reeves Saved The World, The Great Disappointment of Santa Muerte).
Poke is this year’s winner of the Arches Platform 18 Award and will also be performed as a double bill with Peter McMaster’s all male version of Wuthering Heights at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh from 1st – 3rd May.
“Quite unlike anything else on the stage”
**** Skinny on How Keanu Reeves Saved The World
“Bursting at the seams with so many sharp, intriguing ideas about illusion and reality… impressively rich work that delivers theoretical insights in an entertaining way.”
Herald on How Keanu Reeves Saved The World
Wed 24th April
7pm-8.10pm Amanda Monfrooe
8.30pm-9.40pm Peter McMaster: Wuthering Heights
Thurs 25th & Fri 26th April
BEHAVIOUR is the Arches’ annual festival of live performance. Now in its 5th year, the 2013 programme sees 15 different shows featuring Scottish talent alongside work from London, Berlin, New York and Canada. As with previous years, the festival extends out of the Arches and across the city, with performances taking place in the iconic Arches building as well as in a range of traditional and unusual spaces across Glasgow including a working landfill site, a Govan community centre and Tramway.
The Arches Platform 18 Award aims to support Scotland’s most exciting theatre makers and offer them the unique opportunity to stage a funded production at the Arches and Traverse.
The selection panel includes Jackie Wylie (Arches), Stewart Laing (Untitled Projects), Caroline Newall (National Theatre of Scotland) and Hamish Pirie (Traverse).
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”