The Arches presents Platform 18 winner Clare Duffy
Tue 5 - Sat 9 Apr 2011 | 8.30pm (7pm on Thurs) | Tues: £5 // Wed-Sat: £11/£8
Casino (Brian Ferguson: Black Watch, Dark Things) and Queenie (Pauline Lockhart: Girls of Slender Means) used to be hedge fund managers. Before the financial crisis of 2008, that is. Now, in an inspired - or desperate - career move, they’ve turned to performance art in an attempt to discover the value of money.
Playing with £6000 in actual pound coins – in fact, the money awarded to director Clare Duffy on winning the Platform 18 award – the audience must hedge their bets and take a side as our two protagonists guide them through their life stories and a series of participatory games, posing two surprisingly haunting questions for our times: What is money? What do I really think it’s worth?
This politically sharp, wonderfully current show, written and directed by Clare Duffy, mixes humour and outright fun with a deeper, more disturbing message.
ABOUT CLARE DUFFY //
Clare is a part-time doctoral student at the University of Glasgow, a freelance playwright and founding member of Unlimited Theatre, who she continues to work with. Currently writing for Stellar Quines, (Edinburgh), Imago Theatre (Montreal) and Magnetic North (Edinburgh), she has also recently written drama for Radio Four. Her first full-length play, Crossings, toured the UK after winning a Pearson award, and was published in 2005 by Sgript Cymru.
ABOUT PLATFORM 18 //
There are 17 platforms at Glasgow’s Central Station. If platform 18 existed, where would it lead? The Arches Platform 18 Award (formerly the Arches Award for Stage Directors) gives groundbreaking, risk-taking emergent artists the chance to show us.
Committed to supporting the UK’s best emergent theatre makers, winners are offered the unique opportunity to stage a fully-funded production at the Arches and the Traverse Theatre, with the full artistic and practical support of both venues. With previous winners including Nic Green and Davey Anderson, the Platform 18 Award is a vital step in the journey for artists setting off in exciting new directions.
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.”
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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.