The Arches presents
Fri 30 Sep - Sat 1 Oct 2011 | Fri 30th: 7pm // Sat 1st: 7.15pm (30 mins) | £7/£5
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A bouffon rumpus through a land ravaged by plague and poverty, where celebrity worship and obedient consumerism are the whole of the law. Dark myth and TV culture collide in a savage romp indicting snivelling wretches in filth and squalor clamouring to be the tenth lucky caller. Rapscallions and roustabouts peering out of shadows hoping for a glimpse of fairytale princesses or adorned idols.
It’s the night of the big ball, and the Ratcatcher wasn’t invited. Were you?
The Ratcatcher Distracted from Paying His Taxes is a black pantomime splatter opera written and performed by celebrated slam poet Ali Maloney (aka Harlequinade). The StAnza Slam Champion 2010, Ali has performed extensively in a variety of contexts, from Scotland’s International Slam team to this year’s T In The Park with his band CHURCH OF WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN. His Lovecraftian clown rap apocalypse, HYDRONOMICON, was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011.
Praise for HYDRONOMICON:
“the intensity is astonishing… the performance is immaculate” EdFringeReview
“imprints its nightmarish vision on the very core of your imagination” The Scotsman
“appealingly different, defiant and slick” Three Weeks
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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.”