ON THE VERGE

On The Verge

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and On The Verge presents

On The Verge

Wed 6 - Fri 8 Jun 2012 | 7.30pm | Day pass: £6

To book your ticket please call the Arches Box Office on 0141 565 1000 or visit us at 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL.

A showcase of raw and provocative new work work from students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, featuring a diverse range of theatrical work from some of the country’s most exciting new voices.

Over three days, audiences are invited to share in the exploratory processes of emerging artists from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s MA Classical and Contemporary Text and BA Acting and Musical Theatre programmes. Artists will question and push the boundaries of the theatrical form through performances of new writing, devised physical theatre and solo performances,  investigating and challenging our own understanding of the world we live in…

THE WORK //

Grace Chilton/Maria Creasey: Birds

“Circumstance has circumcised many skilled and beautiful and talented and wonderful people. Circumstance has made you bitter and made you old. Who would want you now?”

Meet Aida, who lives with her lonely, thirty-something daughter, Sonya. Meet Sonya, who lives with her incontinence-pants-wearing mother, Aida. What if your circumstances are no longer enough… When is the moment you see it can be different? When is the moment you know it all has to change?

Virginia Monte: Hollow

Hollow (working title), inspired by T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men, explores the complex despair and exaltation of an inner mythos, raising the question of how our relation to “the end” might bring meaning to “the whole”. As an international team of artists, we hope to bring a variety of global perspectives to a new and multidisciplinary understanding of an English classic.

Bayard Bryan: I know the future. I know what happens…we all die.

Come and enjoy an inspiring celebration of Death’s more vibrant sister: Life.

Lance Fuller/Riley Madincea: Taboo

Taboo is a piece of improvised theatre, led entirely by audience suggestion, which explores the dark, unspeakable sides of life through the voice of comedy.

Nick Bayne: Project NOM

Does a certain smell or taste instantly propel you to a particular moment or experience in your life? Project NOM is a short exploration of the impact of food on our emotional memories. It mixes personal reflection – from the mind of an unapologetic “foodie” – with documentary theatre and an element of audience interaction.

Pako Vernon/Chris Donald: Brink

“How many times have you heard someone say ‘If I had his money, I could do things my way’?”
Johnny Cash

We always complain about the things we don’t like in our lives but rarely do anything about it. Brink is a little glimpse into the life of Anna, a discontented, modern woman. Through the course of a day, we see some of the discrepancies between what she thinks and what she says, what she wants and what she gets, what she has and what she needs. Faced with opportunities to make the changes she says she wants, what will she do?

Scott Gilmour/Claire MacKenzie: Freak Show

Come and see the Greatest Show on Earth! Witness the Spectacle of Deformity and the Circus of Chaos – filled with nature’s mistakes and oddities. Tracked from the darkest and most dangerous parts of the Earth these creatures have been transported here tonight; all for your viewing pleasure! Don’t miss out on the chance to see some of the world’s most freakish acts – they will defy nature, shock your senses and blow your mind away! For one night only The Freak Show returns. Revamped, retrained and reborn. You will not want to look away…

Tinja Sabel/Sarah Higgins: Blue 59

“No tears / No fears / Remember there’s always tomorrow”

A devised piece about the legendary Billie Holiday set during one of her last recording sessions in 1959, when the singer had only a few months left to live.

Kristin Davis: Love Songs

An episodic journey of boy-meets-girl told through physical theatre and put to music.

Philip Bartlett: A Million Hearts In Stereo

“Following the ceremony, Adam and Claire invite you to join them for a celebration at the Arches, Glasgow.”

Bring together friends of the bride and groom. Add heartache, boredom, and desire. Stir in liberal quantities of alcohol and the best (worst?) sentimental pop. Reduce to 40 minutes. An immersive theatrical experience in the shape of that moment in the evening when every wedding party either takes off or collapses. Wear your dancing shoes.

Jimin Suh/Anthony Flagan: Shoot/Treasure/Repeat by Mark Raven Hill

A young soldier, in search of love, interrogates a woman who’s just lost her husband and son in a bombing. He desperately wants to make her fall in love with him, but when she refuses to say “I love you”, everything is driven towards tragedy.

Daniel Cameron/Sophia Carr-Gomm: Faustus 86

1986. A changing world. Amidst this world is a disillusioned Doctor Faustus. Making a deal with Mephistopheles, the Devil, Faustus embarks on a journey of pleasure in exchange for one thing – his soul. But both Faust and Mephistopheles soon realise they are more alike than they first thought… Faustus ’86 examines how far we can step into our own darkness to achieve our ultimate desires and if it is possible that something pure in the world can save us. Do we embrace it? Or destroy it?

Maria McColgan: You cannot call it love

Emergent artists from the MACCT course explore the human relationships in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Howard Barker’s Gertrude The Cry.

Alasdair McLaughlin/Tafline Steen: Men

Five men on a night out, celebrating the engagement of a good friend. We’ve all seen it a thousand times before. But what’s beneath the bravado and coarse sex jokes? Men is a dark but witty piece exploring the stories of these ‘stereotypical’ males during a night of drunken banter which poses the question: do first impressions count for anything?

Michael-Alan Read: Mr & Mrs Laughton

We are in the sitting room of the Laughton’s Scottish lake house in summer. As the famed character actor prepares for his turn as King Lear, we learn through his interactions with his wife Elsa Lanchester the nature of their marriage: why these two fractured people have found each other, why they choose to stay together and the duality of acting for those you love, and living.

James Gorman/Scott Gilmour: The All New & Improv’d Musical

A completely original, hilarious and improvised musical which follows six actors who, using entirely audience-based suggestions, will create wonderful characters, outrageous plots and tremendous musical numbers in a story where, sometimes, not even they can predict the ending.

FULL TIMETABLE //

Wednesday 6th June

7pm-7.30pm Arch 6 Grace Chilton/Maria Creasey: Birds
7pm-7.40pm Studio Virginia Monte: Hollow
7pm-7.40pm Practice Room Bayard Bryan: I know the future. I know what happens…we all die
7.50pm-8.30pm Arch 5 Lance Fuller/Riley Madincea: Taboo
8.15pm-8.45pm Practice Room Nick Bayne: Project NOM
8.40pm-9.10pm Studio Pako Vernon/Chris Donald: Brink
9.15pm-10pm Arch 6 Scott Gilmour/Claire MacKenzie: Freak Show
9.30pm-10pm Practice Room Tinja Sabel/Sarah Higgins: Blue 59
9.35pm-10pm Studio Kristin Davis: Love Songs

Thursday 7th June

6.15pm-7.10pm
Arch 6 Philip Bartlett: A Million Hearts In Stereo
7pm-7.30pm Studio Jimin Suh/Anthony Flagan: Shoot/Treasure/Repeat by Mark Raven Hill
7.50-8.20pm Arch 6 Grace Chilton/Maria Creasey: Birds
7pm-7.40pm Practice Room Bayard Bryan: I know the future. I know what happens…we all die
8.25pm-9.05pm Arch 5 Lance Fuller/Riley Madincea: Taboo
8.25pm-9.05pm Studio Daniel Cameron/Sophia Carr-Gomm: Faustus 86
9.15pm-10pm Arch 6 Scott Gilmour/Claire MacKenzie: Freak Show
9.30pm-10pm Practice Room Tinja Sabel/Sarah Higgins: Blue 59
9.30pm-10pm Studio Maria McColgan: You cannot call it love

Friday 8th June

7pm-7.35pm Studio Alasdair McLaughlin/Tafline Steen: Men
6.45pm-7.40pm Arch 6 Philip Bartlett: A Million Hearts In Stereo
7.15pm-7.45pm Practice Room Nick Bayne: Project NOM
8pm-8.40pm Studio Michael-Alan Read: Mr & Mrs Laughton
9.05pm-10pm Studio James Gorman/Scott Gilmour: The All New & Improv’d Musical