The Arches and Playwrights' Studio Scotland present
Thu 14 Nov 2013 | 7pm-8pm | £3.50 (includes 125ml post-show glass of wine)
Crossing The Lines is a scratch-style event facilitated by The Arches and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland in which artists of all kinds perform their versions of contemporary plays, before moving to the bar for feedback and discussion facilitated by Davey Anderson (NTS/ThickSkin).
This month’s line-up:
TEXT: One Day by Catherine Grosvenor
ADAPTED BY: Kate Nelson & Paul Davies (Nutshell Theatre)
The corpse of a young man lies washed up on the shore. Using multiple projectors and spoken word, One Day All This Will Come to Nothing takes a dry, deadpan look at living with loss. Is knowing nothing better than knowing too much?
TEXT: Standing Wave by Nicola McCartney
ADAPTED BY: EmmaClaire Brightlyn, Euan Cuthbertson & Marcus Roche
Standing Wave tells the extraordinary story of Delia Derbyshire – the ground-breaking electronic music composer and member of the legendary BBC Radiophonic workshop. In this adaptation, EmmaClaire, Euan and Marcus will explore the physical nature of the story of sound, using movement and non-verbal communication to convey the relationships and storylines driving the text.
TEXT: Brazil by Ronan O’Donell
ADAPTED BY: Barry Robertson
Set in a future Scotland in which Europe is at war with America, O’Donnell’s play sees events through the eyes of the youthfully disaffected Doddy. In this performance, Barry Robertson plays with the representation of the unseen characters…
TEXT: Piece of Mind by Vanessa Coffey and Joshua Payne
ADAPTED BY: Vanessa Coffey & Joshua Payne
Vanessa and Joshua explore a “recorded delivery” style of monlogue in this adaptation of their text Piece of Mind, which used verbatim interviews to look at bipolar disorder. With one actor delivering the text through an MP3 player and the other using sound and movement, the audience is left to discover which is the most truthful, authentic and/or entertaining.
We are looking for artists who want to work with text in new and exciting ways. Pieces should be around 10-15 mins long. They don’t have to be finished or polished – it’s more to do with experimentation and an innovative, radical approach. We have a list of playwrights who would love for their contemporary playwrighting to be used by artists to experiment with (just drop us an email at email@example.com if you’d like to see it). However, you can use any piece of playwrighting that you like.
The only rule is that the text cannot be changed and must be present in some way – so, work merely inspired by the writing cannot be included.
There’ll be an opportunity to get feedback after the event, and some rehearsal space is available for artists subject to availability.
If you’d like to submit a piece, please fill out the application form below and return to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 31st October.
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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.”