National Theatre of Scotland and the Arches in association with Govanhill Baths Community Trust:
Fri 5 - Sat 27 Oct 2012 | 7.30pm (& 2.30pm on 20th and 27th) | No Sunday performances | Duration: 1 hour | £12/£9
Arches Artist In Residence Adrian Howells explores our complex and ambiguous relationship with water in this immersive theatrical experience.
Seated on benches around the training pool at Govanhill Baths, with the audience wearing swimsuits, t-shirts and towels, Howells and actor/dancer Ira Mandela Siobhan perform this new scripted piece, part devised from conversations with members of the local community.
Exploring the emotional and psychological effects of water, from its therapeutic qualities to our overwhelming fear of it, Lifeguard re-evaluates the place of swimming in our lives as a health-promoting and life-saving activity.
Working collaboratively with Mike Brookes, Minty Donald, Rob Drummond, Jane Mason, Nick Millar and Nichola Scrutton, Lifeguard offers a multi-sensory experience incorporating projection, sound and movement.
An exhibition entitled Water Water Everywhere will also be on display in the baths for the duration of lifeguard. This installation has been created by primary schools on the south side of Glasgow working with the Learn department of the National Theatre of Scotland.
ESSENTIAL SHOW INFORMATION |
- This performance takes place at Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder St, Glasgow.
- Audience members should bring a swimsuit (or other appropriate poolside clothes if preferred) to change into prior to the show. We will provide you with a clean t-shirt, large towel and flip-flops to wear throughout the performance.
- Private changing rooms are available and staffed during the performance. Changing facilities are available from 7pm – please arrive in good time to change ready for a 7.30pm start.
- You won’t be able to bring bags, coats, phones or loose valuables into the performance. These should be left with the attendant in the changing room and will be supervised at all times.
- No latecomers will be permitted.
- Lifeguard is suitable for everyone aged 12 and over.
- Due to the nature of the venue access varies. If you have specific access requirements please contact the the Arches on 0141 565 1000.
- If you’re booking on behalf of a friend, please pass on this information.
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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.”