The Arches and Untitled Projects present
Mon 25 - Wed 27 Feb 2013 | 25th & 26th: 7.30pm | 27th: 7.45pm Duration: 1 hour 55 mins with short interval | £9/£7
By Alexander Trocchi
Adapted and directed by Alan McKendrick
Cast: Ross Mann, Lou Prendergast, Graham F. Valentine
Loose ends, things unrelated, shifts, nightmare journeys, cities arrived at and left, meetings, desertions, betrayals, all manner of unions, adulteries, triumphs, defeats… these are the facts.
Acclaimed worldwide as a high watermark for Scottish literature and lauded by talents as various as William S. Burroughs, Patti Smith and Leonard Cohen, since its original 1960 publication Alexander Trocchi’s notorious Cain’s Book has earned itself a formidable reputation as the cult novel to end them all.
Cain’s Book depicts protagonist Joe Necchi’s experiences from a Glasgow childhood through to adult life in 1950s New York as a scow captain and unrepentant heroin addict. A tour-de-force of poetic writing simultaneously occupying the modes of drug literature confessional, bleak comedy and philosophical tract, the bold and still thoroughly contemporary Cain has lost none of its vivid force and power to astonish.
For this new theatrical adaptation, writer/director Alan McKendrick offers a “fullbore literary arthouse crazyfest” – a live theatre event also incorporating music, film and projected stills, with visuals by Jack Wrigley (85A) and Tobias Feltus.
There will be a post show discussion following the performance on Wednesday 27th Feb.
“Terrific Brechtian wit & coolness… astonishing political complexity… a daring piece of apocalyptic theatre”
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“A quite extraordinary theatrical experiment…genius”
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Alan McKendrick (Finished With Engines, Violence Was Offered) is currently in residence with Untitled Projects (The Salon Project, Myths Of The Near Future, Slope) and The Arches, supported by a Playwrights’ Studio Scotland Partnership fund. This inaugural presentation of their work upon Cain’s Book is the culmination of this year-long residency. Supported by Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and Creative Scotland.
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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.”