The Arches presents
Fri 16 May 2014 | 7pm-9pm (6.30pm for Limited Capacity Performance) PLUS post-show discussion in the bar | £3.50 ticket includes a glass of wine or soft drink
The anarchic, anything goes evening which sees theatre companies, performers, writers and dancers from all fields take ten minutes to try an idea in front of an audience. Afterwards, the action moves to the bar, where the audience talks back.
This month’s line-up includes snippets of new work from Glasgow University Theatre Practices Post-grad.
This month’s line-up
Alone in a yellow room, with only voices for company. You’ve brought this on yourself. You only have yourself to blame. Stupid girl. Foolish girl. That’s enough, madam.
An intimate, sensory take on the Gothic short story The Yellow Wall-Paper that invites you to close your eyes, and listen. Walls can talk, if you let them.
Limited capacity performance 6.30pm. When booking at box office please specify if you would like to take part in this experiment. First come first served basis.
Roots will be a semi-staged reading of a much larger play dealing with home and homelessness. Around Christmas, four different people are struggling to feel at home where they are. Curt doesn’t know where he is, but wherever it is, he shouldn’t be there. Olivia has run away from home – she meets a strange homeless man who certainly doesn’t want to help her. In a church, a minister is fed up dealing with other people’s sadness.
The Body Snatchers
The Body Snatchers is a black comedy short set in the 1800′s and based loosely on the Burke and Hare murders of that period. It is a social critique of the time and is focussed around the practise of grave robbing, a trade that was rampant during the time. Through gallows humour the play endeavours to make light of its gruesome source material and deliver a few frights along the way. In this story, the characters, Croak and Daze who have been forced into this profession by poverty have become hardened to the unpleasantness of their work. The two of them have sunken deeper and deeper into depravity, even turning to murder to provide them with the corpses they need. Join them as they begin their nights effort camped outside a cemetery waiting patiently for the vicar to go to bed.
Drugs, Sex, and Volleyball
Andrew Sherlow of Glasgow University has kindly volunteered his services for one of his world renowned token interviews. In the past he has pushed the boundaries of the conventional interview by interviewing a variety of different people from local cult leaders to misinformed and terribly unpopular political activists. Tonight offers Andrew the rare opportunity to interview a Hollywood legend who in turn is advertising his new autobiography “Sex, drugs and volleyball”.
Just Saying is a devised piece of choreographic theatre that looks at the idea of leaving home. Using text, movement and movement Just Saying explores what it feels like to leave your home, your country, your friends and family and what it’s like to be the one who is left behind. Just Saying is a work in progress that has been inspired by a short film of the same name by Dave Tynan.
Coordinated by Hannah McLean, Glasgow University
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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.”