The Arches and National Theatre of Scotland present
Wed 3 - Sat 6 Apr 2013 | 7pm (1 hour) | No performance on Fri 5th | £8/£6 - or buy a Festival Pass for £45/£35
REVIEWS FOR DONALD ROBERTSON AT BEHAVIOUR FESTIVAL 2013 |
“McNair is at his brilliant best… it’s difficult to imagine these vital questions about comedy, masculinity, hierarchy and cruelty being handled more skilfully”
**** The Scotsman
“McNair forensically explores the power of comedy to win friends and humiliate people… Killingly funny.”
**** The Herald
“Cunning, smartly paced and with just the right dash of poignant material.”
Across The Arts
“…a beautifully written and ambitious piece…”
**** Daily Record
“A major new talent.”
**** Sunday Mail
Gary is a theatre maker.
He loves to laugh.
He would love to make you laugh.
He is not a comedian.
As a solo performer, people often compare Gary’s work to stand up comedy. He never knows quite how to take that. So, when given the chance to experiment with form on the Auteurs Project, he decided to find out more about comedy. He delved into the world of stand up.
He watched 103 stand ups in clubs and countless more on recorded media. He travelled to London, New York and Dundee. He met with legends, wannabes and academics. He read 21 biographies, watched 12 documentaries. He’s done it all – apart from getting up there and trying it himself. Until tonight.
During his exploration of comedy, he met a boy called Donald. Gary would like to tell you Donald’s story.
Gary will also be curating and hosting Gary’s Chuckle Hut, a pop-up comedy club for trying and dying and facing fears, on the following dates:
Part of the Auteurs Project.
BEHAVIOUR is the Arches’ annual festival of live performance. Now in its 5th year, the 2013 programme sees 15 different shows featuring Scottish talent alongside work from London, Berlin, New York and Canada. As with previous years, the festival extends out of the Arches and across the city, with performances taking place in the iconic Arches building as well as in a range of traditional and unusual spaces across Glasgow including a working landfill site, a Govan community centre and Tramway.
The Auteurs Project, a collaboration between the Arches and the National Theatre of Scotland, has seen 5 Scottish theatre makers – Rob Drummond, Gary McNair, Kieran Hurley, Nic Green and Claire Cunningham – embark on a two year development programme, including international research residencies, writing and thinking retreats, performance training, creative exchanges with other practitioners, placements and mentorships. The resulting works-in-progress are being performed for the first time as part of BEHAVIOUR. More info.
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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.”