May I Have The Pleasure...?

The Arches presents

May I Have The Pleasure...?

At the Edinburgh Fringe 2011

Wed 17 - Sun 28 Aug 2011 | 7.45pm (Aug 18th: 3pm, 7.45pm) at the Point Hotel, Edinburgh | Sun-Thurs: £17/£12/£6 // Fri-Sat: £19/£13 // Previews 15th-16th August: £12/£6

May I Have The Pleasure? runs from 17th-19th, 21st-24th and 27th-28th August at the Point Hotel, Edinburgh (with previews on 15th-16th August). Please book tickets through the Box Office at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh either online or by calling 0131 228 1404.

Adrian Howells presents the world premiere of his new work May I Have The Pleasure? in the plush penthouse suite of the Point Hotel, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2011.

Having been Best Man at no less than eight weddings, Adrian Howells is recreating the last dance of yet another wedding disco – except this time, he won’t be alone. Surrounded by balloons, mirrorballs, confetti and a fully stocked bar, he’d like you to join him for a celebration as he reflects on his experiences of weddings past, and dances to a soundtrack of classic, timeless love songs with willing audience members.

Using poignant, autobiographical anecdote, original home movie footage and collective reminiscing, May I Have The Pleasure? sees Adrian contemplate the irony of feeling isolated in the midst of a communal celebration of coupledom.

This performance is for: anyone who’s always the bridesmaid, but never the bride; anyone who likes to hear stories that make you laugh one minute and cry the next; and anyone who still reminisces about that slow dance at the high school disco…

Watch out for Adrian’s Desert Island Discs series on the Arches Arts Facebook page, where he reminisces over some of the classic love songs featured in May I Have The Pleasure…? whilst getting gradually more and more worse for wear on watered down cranberry juice.

Adrian’s unique one-on-one performance in a bathtub, The Pleasure Of Being: Washing, Feeding, Holding, runs at the same venue on the 19th, then 21st-28th August. Created with funding from Made In Scotland


Adrian Howells is a theatre maker and performer based in Glasgow. His work, which is often site-specific and interactive, centres around ideas of intimacy and vulnerability, with a range of successful productions including An Audience With Adrienne, Held and Foot Washing for the Sole, which won a Total Theatre Award in 2009.

In May 2011 the Arches announced that Adrian would be their latest Artist In Residence. The two year post, in association with Sense Scotland at TouchBASE, will enable him to develop his practice by working with key adult learning disability and art therapy experts, engaging adults with complex learning needs, and providing mentoring for emergent artists. It follows a full-time Creative Fellowship in the Dept of Theatre, Film and TV Studies at the University of Glasgow.

***** “an act of kindly kinship and beauty in a world often lacking in both”
The Herald on The Garden of Adrian (2009)

***** “a tour-de-force of shared humanity”
The Herald on An Audience With Adrienne (2008)