The Pleasure of Being: Washing, Feeding, Holding

The Arches presents

The Pleasure of Being: Washing, Feeding, Holding

At the Edinburgh Fringe 2011

Fri 19 - Sun 28 Aug 2011 | 2pm, 2.40pm, 3.20pm, 4pm, 4.40pm (30 mins) | £12.50

The Pleasure of Being: Washing, Feeding, Holding runs on 19th then 21st-28th August at the Point Hotel, Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2011. Please book tickets at the Arches Box Office by visiting in person (253 Argyle Street) or calling 0141 565 1000. Customers will be sent an e-ticket.

An intensely intimate and deeply sensorial one-on-one experience, over half an hour Adrian will bathe your entire body (either naked, or in a bathing costume) in a luxurious bath of moisturising milk, rose petals and essential oils before wrapping you in a large, fluffy towel, cradling you in his arms, feeding you white Belgian chocolate and holding you.

Influenced by Amma, the ‘hugging woman of Kerala’, this predominantly non-verbal experience will be tailored to suit your own needs and tastes – whether you wish to use it as a chance to connect with Adrian, to connect with yourself, or simply as a relaxing escape from the stresses of the Fringe and everyday life.

“Someone’s 100% attention is a precious commodity nowadays… his giving and enriching energy made me feel perfect and powerful.” Rubyyy Jones, blogger

Originally commissioned by BAC and Harbourfront Arts Centre, Toronto. Presented at the Fringe with help from Made In Scotland

The world premiere of Adrian’s new work May I Have The Pleasure…? – in which he recreates a wedding disco – runs at the same venue on 17th-19th, 21st-24th and 27th-28th August, with previews on 15th and 16th.

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 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 School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow, where he is still an honorary research fellow.

***** “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)