The Arches presents Platform 18 winner Gareth Nicholls
Tue 5 - Sat 9 Apr 2011 | 5th, 6th, 8th: 7pm // 7th + 9th: 8.30pm | Tues: £5 // Wed-Sat: £11/£8
Have you heard the story of the farmer’s wife who lost her wedding ring only to find it forty years later inside a potato? Or the story of Martha whose first three husbands were all killed by lightning?
Coincidences happen every day – some funny, some tragic, some undeniably clichéd. But all of them make us stop to consider the possibilities. In this touching and comic performance, Gary McNair (Crunch, How Soon Is Nigh?) and Kieran Hurley (Hitch) invite you into their front room to present a remarkable collection of true stories that explore coincidence – and those moments in life that make us pause, if only for a second, and smile.
Written and directed by Gareth Nicholls, with original music by Michael John McCarthy (Zoey Van Goey).
ABOUT GARETH NICHOLLS //
Graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2006 with a BA hons in Contemporary Theatre Practice, Gareth Nicholls has directed works at the National Theatre of Scotland (Do a dance no-one can see you do and put it in a little bag), The Arches (Violent Night, Crunch) and Tramway (Razzmatazz), as well as acting as assistant director on works from That Face (Tron Theatre) and The Archivist/Instructions for butterfly collectors (Oran Mor/NTS/Traverse Theatre) to Old People, Children and Animals in Manchester with Quarantine and working alongside Pol Heyvaert (Campo, Belgium) on NTS’ Diaspora.
In 2006 Gareth won the Bruce Millar Award for theatrical direction and in 2008 he completed a year-long role as a National Theatre of Scotland Emerging Artist.
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.
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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.”