The Arches presents
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.
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
ABOUT ADRIAN HOWELLS //
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)
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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.”