The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Fri 6 Jun 2014 | 7pm | Day Pass £8/£6, please call (0141) 565 1000
A festival of diverse theatrical works from emerging artists on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BA Acting, BA Musical Theatre and MA Classical and Contemporary Text programme.
Lynnette Holmes, Shakespeare Was a Black Girl
7pm | (Also showing on Wednesday 4th June)
Rejection is tough on any actor in an industry where “type” seems to trump “talent” but for Dawn, the situation is complicated by something simple: color. Anger and frustration are starting to make her calloused, the voices in her head are no help, and just as the road of self-destruction initiates it’s seductive and magnetic pull, she comes across Maya Angelou. With the inspiration of William Shakespeare, music, and poetry, can Maya help Dawn turn things around?
A musical and poetic story that asks the simple question: Is the Human Spirit Colourblind?
Greig Baxter & Laura Denmar, Sin
7pm | (Also showing on Thursday 5th June)
Are your children free from sin?
Sin takes a look at how the seven deadly sins can be interpreted in today’s world of media moguls and celebrity culture. Where do the younger generation stand?
Sin looks at the effects of television, music and celebrities on the younger generation. How much to younger people take in when they’re sitting watching the musical channel? What sort of role models do they have? This piece aims to look at the cause of this problem and who is ultimately responsible for the protection of these young people.
Matt Seager, SELF-LESS
7.15pm | (Also showing Thursday 5th June)
“We were dancing. I told a joke, it was hilarious. You laughed. Frank Sinatra was playing”
We all have certain memories that we know will stay with us forever. Join Arthur and Jane as they tell us their story.
SELF-LESS is an intimate, truthful, and at times heart-warming exploration of the unpredictable progression of Dementia and its effects on all involved, from the very beginning to the very end of this destructive disease.
If we lose our ability to remember the past or connect with the present, then what will be made of our future?
Jessica Aquila Cymerman & Oliver Houser, The Seagull: A Musical Adaptation
7.50pm | (Also showing Wednesday 4th June)
Actress Arkadina returns to her country estate with her lover, Trigorin, a famous writer. The house is unimpressed by the unveiling of her son Konstantin’s new avant-garde play starring would-be actress Nina. Konstantin fights between his mother’s acceptance and finding his artistic voice. His love, Nina pursues a more accomplished Trigorin. After she is burned by him, Nina discovers that it’s not about dreaming of fame, but through a journey of identity and purpose that you find success and happiness doing what you love. Volatile emotions and high comedy- tragedy lie in the confusion of art and life.
Eanna O’Dowd, Old Tales With a New Teller
8pm | (Also showing Thursday 5th June)
When some of our oldest folklore is told through new eyes, what adventures will come about?
Combing stories of old from Celtic lands of Ireland and Scotland, one performer embodies tales to entice the audience to embark these journeys with him using just himself as the characters and set, mixing modern styles of theatre with classic storytelling skill. Bringing theatre back to its roots, the storytellers were revered as highly as the leaders of these lands, this show will cut out all the modern trimmings and show what one storyteller, with an audience and a comfortable setting can evoke within the imagination.
Michael Collins, Manning
8.10pm | (Also showing Wednesday 4th June)
“Hypothetical question: If you had free reign over classified networks for long periods of time and saw incredible things, awful things that belonged in the public domain.. What would you do?”
‘Manning’ explores the struggle of a young person faced with issues of identity, isolation and a great moral dilemma. But who is Manning? A traitor? A hero? A man? A woman?
Through factual evidence, leaked footage and recordings; ‘Manning’ seeks to address these questions. Due to the nature of the content leaked by Manning some may find the contents disturbing.
Isobel McArthur, How to Sing It
8.15pm | (Also showing Wednesday 4th June)
“It’s exhausting figuring out how to speak so, after a long chat, I’m either knackered or wabbit but, of course, I’m never sure which.”
Isobel has been greedy. She’s been using more than one accent for a while. It has not been easy – lying to loved ones, creating false alibis, pretending to be something she’s not… It was never going to last. The time has come to choose one way to speak and one person to be. So, Isobel is locking her accents in the same room and no one’s going anywhere until she knows what to say and how to sing it.
Lawrence Libor, Creatures of a New Domain
9pm | (Also showing Wednesday 4th June)
Somewhere in an anonymous music festival, where the young and vibrant strive for escape from their seemingly mundane lives, we meet Jake and Dan; two brothers dealing with family issues in very different ways. Here, in this new Domain, they embark on a journey of love, freedom, and banging beats. However, through a series of unexpected events, acquaintance, and substances, they soon realise that perhaps what they seek is a little closer to home.
Through a variety of different theatrical and musical forms, this piece aims to immerse the audience within the dynamic cultural wilderness that it inhabits.
Paul McGhee, 37 Minutes
9.10pm | (Also showing Thursday 5th June)
“We turn skeletons into gods and look to them as if they might teach us how not to need.”
An investigative performance that looks at masculine connotations around the taboos of an eating disorder. A 37 minute installation that explores the performers’ vulnerability, fragility and strength through their physical and emotional consumption.
Eddy Hull, Redcross Way
9.20pm | (Also showing Thursday 5th June)
Struggling to cope with his depression, Grey, tries to find a way through to living his life. His depression impacts the relations with his friends and himself. Fighting through a medical system that is actively pushing him away, Grey must decide how much getting better is important to him. With friends by his side, and compassionate doctors aiding, how far is Grey prepared to go?
Please call Box Office on 0141 565 1000 to book your day pass, specifying the individual performances you wish to attend.
All On The Verge shows are 16 and over.
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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.”