Amanda Monfrooe: Poke

The Arches presents

Amanda Monfrooe: Poke

Part of BEHAVIOUR 2013

Tue 23 - Sat 27 Apr 2013 | 7pm | 70 mins | £11/£8 (£6 on Tues 23rd) or see Festival/Day Pass info below


“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”

Broadway World

“…highly thought provoking… Monfrooe has taken risks for which she ought to be commended.”
FringeReview ***

Sunday Herald

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

7pm-8.10pm Amanda Monfrooe OR Claire Cunningham: Pink Mist
8.30pm-9.40pm Peter McMaster: Wuthering Heights

Sat 27th April

4pm-5.10pm Peter McMaster: Wuthering Heights (men only performance)
5.30pm-6.25pm Claire Cunningham: Pink Mist
7pm-8.10pm Amanda Monfrooe
8.30pm-9.40pm Peter McMaster: Wuthering Heights



About BEHAVIOUR 2013

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.

View the full listings for BEHAVIOUR 2013.

About Platform 18

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).