The Arches & Behaviour 2015 present
Tue 28 - Wed 29 Apr 2015 | 7pm (150 mins) | £14/£10 (Behaviour Festival Pass: £60/£53) (+£1.50 online-only TF) | 18+
The war is over and the nation lies in ruins. You and your fellow survivors must build the beginnings of a new country. What are the rules you’re going to live by? And can you avoid the mistakes of the past?
A piece of interactive theatre for a playing audience. Early Days (of a Better Nation) explores the possibilities of nationhood and democracy, drawing inspiration from the 2011 riots in England, the Arab Spring, Iceland’s crowd-sourced constitution and the rise (and fall) of the Occupy movement.
Co-created by Annette Mees and Tom Bowtell
Written by Tom Bowtell
Directed by Annette Mees
Producer: Rosalind Wynn
Design: Jeannine Inglis-Hall
Lighting design: Cis O’Boyle
Sound design: Richard Hammerton
Video: Ben Harvey
Ear: Tassos Stevens
Co-commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, National Theatre Wales and Battersea Arts Centre.
Production development supported by Cultural Institute at KCL and Stichting Doem.
Funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Unity Theatre Trust.
Coney Ltd is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
Download the Early Days (of a better nation) programme programme here! Available until Thursday 30th April.
Please enter at 253 Argyle Street.
All Behaviour shows are 18 and over unless by prior arrangement. Please call Box Office on 0141 565 1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are under 18 and would like to attend.
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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.”