Sun 10 - Sun 24 Aug 2014 | 10pm (60mins) | £12.50/£10.50 | 16+
Four performers explode their own experiences of being men in this bold theatrical debut from ‘one of Scotland’s most interesting young theatre makers’ (The Scotsman)’. As the men recall the dark expanses of the Yorkshire moors, sing together full-throated and bold, recall poignant memorials of being a boy and dance optimistically to the howling tones of Kate Bush, the energy of this brave new performance is not to be missed.
McMaster’s all male, award-winning interpretation of Emily Bronte’s seminal text, re-visits the iconic landscapes and characters from Wuthering heights and places them alongside the stories of the male performers. This re-imagined classic considers how almost 200 years after the book was published, the lives and aspirations of men are now different. From the perspective of this all male company, this timely new production questions what should be left behind in history and what should be held onto as we move forward into the 21st century.
***NB: Tickets are available at both the Summerhall and Ed Fringe websites – if the performance you want to see appears sold out on one site, please check the other!***
Press for Wuthering Heights:
“[Peter] and his cast of four unstinting comrades – Nick Anderson, Chris Hall, Thom Scullion and Murray Wason – have intensified the sense of open-ness, honesty and personally experienced emotional maelstroms that make the work both moving and thought-provoking.”
The Herald ★★★★★
“The acting, the writing and the choreography of the piece are all beautifully prepared and crafted… a strikingly graceful and well-crafted show.”
The Scotsman ★★★★
“a brave, moving exploration of what it means to be a man today”
Daily Record ★★★★
“…honest, inventive, beautifully choreographed and, even if unresolved, evidence of a bold and distinctive talent.”
“moving, sensitive, engaging”
” the piece sparks with theatrical imagination in a way that suggests we may well be hearing the name of Peter McMaster again in the not-too-distant future”
“a playful meditation on contemporary masculinity”
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Peter McMaster and company have decided to cancel performances on the 13th and 14th of August, of their show Wuthering Heights at Summerhall.
Wuthering Heights will resume on Saturday the 16th of August at its usual time of 10pm. They send their apologies to anyone who has purchased tickets for any of the shows before the 16th.
Any tickets purchased within this period will be refunded, and we hope that you are able to book another ticket for other available shows.
The amount of time they have decided to take off from performing is to allow a new performer to learn the show. The company are really excited to be starting again on Saturday, and would really appreciate your continued support.
Summerhall and Peter McMaster”
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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.”