The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Wed 4 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.
Michael Collins, Manning
7pm | (Also showing Fri 6th Jun)
“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.
Lawrence Libor, Creatures of a New Domain
7.10pm | (Also showing Friday 6th 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.
Isobel McArthur, How to Sing It
7.15pm | (Also showing Friday 6th 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.
Jessica Aquila Cymerman & Oliver Houser, The Seagull: A Musical Adaptation
8pm | (Also showing Friday 6th 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.
Lynnette Holmes, Shakespeare Was a Black Girl
8.15pm | (Also showing Friday 6th 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?
Lee Partridge & Andrew Barrett, Pratfall
8.45pm | (Also showing Thursday 5th June)
Pratfall is the tale of two unexpected heroes, Balderdash and Piffle, two clowns on a mission to save the world using circus, songs, sword-fighting and slapstick. Consumerist giants have criminalised street entertainment after a study proves it distracts the dutiful public from shopping. Balderdash, the more experienced veteran of the two loves the idea of leading the clown revolution, but paranoid protégé Piffle has his doubts. As the world outside becomes greyer and duller, our heroes must overcome their fears and short spans of attention if they are to win the funny fight. Send in the Clowns.
Eden Perry, Bad Girl’s Lament: A Vaudeville
9.20pm | (Also showing Thursday 5th June)
BAD GIRL’S LAMENT is A Dazzling All-Star Line Up of Spectacular Vaudeville Acts!…
FEATURING! the incomparable Adriansen & Perry, a clowning duo!
SEE! Desdemona and her Othello in a Star Turn!
HEAR! The novel specialties of the rockin’ house band: Curly and The Tramps!
And NOW PRESENTING! a knee-buckling new parody of Jean Genet’s “The Maid’s”!
DON’T MISS! the Dance! Slapstick! Tragedy! SEX! Comedy! LADies! Shadow Puppets!
BAD GIRL’S LAMENT is an American Vaudeville reimagined for a contemporary audience:
ComeDy, sEx, JeaN GeNeT, MUsic, ShAkesPeaRe, SpeCtacle!
Paul Brotherson, Gengangere
9.30pm | (Also showing on Thursday 5th June)
This sparse, impressionistic devised piece is a response to Ghosts, Henrik Ibsen’s masterwork of fear, repression, guilt and familial legacy.
Clare Marcie Wilson, I Could Beat Up Peter Pan
9.30pm | (Also showing Thursday 5th June)
Sometimes degrading and rough, sometimes empowering and provocative. Is it true love?
I’m in a complex love affair. It’s at times abusive, degrading and shocking. But boy is it passionate, powerful and provocative. I think it might be true love. Writer and actor Clare Marcie Wilson presents an autobiographical play about music, fear, sex and self-discovery featuring original raps by New Zealand artist Paul Williams.
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.”