On The Verge: Wednesday

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

On The Verge: Wednesday

Michael Collins | Lawrence Libor | Isobel McArthur | Jessica Aquila Cymerman & Oliver Houser | Lynnette Holmes | Lee Partridge & Andrew Barrett | Eden Perry | Paul Brotherson | Clare Marcie Wilson

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

‘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.