The Arches presents
Tue 27 Jan 2015 | 7.30pm - 8.30pm | £14/10 | 12+
A striking adaptation of Madame Butterfly, exploring themes of love, disappointment, loss and hope, created by Ramesh Meyyappan (Snails & Ketchup), with puppetry by Gavin Glover (The Tin Forest / A Christmas Carol – National Theatre of Scotland) and music by David Paul Jones.
This modern multi-disciplinary piece uses visually poetic narrative and movement, and beautiful, handcrafted puppets to tell the tale of Butterfly, a female kitemaker, whose life has been shattered following the departure of her lover, who has left her alone, isolated and traumatised. We follow this beautiful, complex, traumatised character, who is so grief-stricken that she decides to conjure a whole new life for herself in her head – one that is happier and close to perfect. But as she flits deeper into her imaginary world, her beauty begins to fade and her tale takes another tragic turn.
This adaptation draws on the classic themes of love, loss and despair from Madame Butterfly, using them to create a unique and fresh interpretation that addresses issues pertinent to contemporary audiences. Meyyappan’s established visual style is complemented by the introduction of outstanding puppetry, creating a lush, textured, innovative piece of visual theatre.
“absolutely breathtaking… utterly delightful”
“equal parts gorgeous and gutting”
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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.”