The Arches presents
Wed 8 - Fri 10 Jun 2011 | 7pm | £7/£5 + bf
When Jean answers a ringing phone in a diner, she finds herself embarking on a journey that will change her life forever. From the back room of a stationery store, where true love is found inside embossed envelopes, to celestial Laundromats where beloveds wash their socks together for all eternity, Jean finds herself thrust into a surreal world where she is forced to confront her own assumptions about mortality, morality, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.
Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a poignant and hilarious juxtaposition between everyday mundanities and the more complex issues which dictate our lives: making connections, remembering the dead, falling in love, and lobster bisque.
Written by Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Stasi Schaeffer. Design by Avril Scott. Sound design by RJ McConnell. Lighting design by Alexander Ridgers.
Running time: 1 hour 30 mins
REVIEWS FROM VANCOUVER PREMIERE IN 2010 //
“Ruhl’s zany probe of the razor-thin line between life and death delivers a fresh and humorous look at the times we live in.” Variety
“She writes with space, sound and image as well as words; her goal is to make the audience live in the moment, to make the known unfamiliar in order to reanimate it.” John Lahr, New Yorker
“Satire is her oxygen… In her new oddball comedy, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Sarah Ruhl is forever vital in her lyrical and biting takes on how we behave.” The Washington Post
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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.”