The Arches presents
Wed 9 - Sun 13 Feb 2011 | Tues-Fri: 7.30pm // Sat-Sun: 1.30pm | £13 / £9 conc / £7 child
Wrestlemania is in full swing! Catch Rob on BBC Reporting Scotland tonight at 6.30pm, or watch it again here.
“Drummonds don’t fight. My great grandpa was a pacifist, my grandad was a medic, my father is a preacher, and me… I’m just scared. I backed out of my first fight in the playground at the age of eight and I’ve been turning the other cheek ever since.
Well, enough is enough. For the past five months I’ve been in training. Learning holds and lifting weights. Manning up, I think they call it. So the next time someone disrespects me, the next time someone insults or threatens someone I love… things are going to be different.”
Playwright Rob Drummond has been making a name for himself in the world of Scottish theatre. But all the words in the world won’t help him at the Arches in February 2011 when he steps into the ring and into the world of Scottish professional wrestling…
For the past four months, Rob has been working with trainer ‘Damo’ Damien O’Conor, training partner ‘The Antagonist’ James Tyler and wrestler and personal trainer ‘The Mercenary’ Joe Coffey to prepare for the show. A BAFTA-nominated, multi-award winning film crew have been following his every move – the blood, the sweat, the tears, and the moments of personal triumph.
The results will be displayed in a thrilling spectacular show which fuses short film, narrative theatre and, of course, pro wrestling.
Multi award winning documentary filmmaker Lindsay Goodall won the Jury Prize at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland award and won Best Documentary at the Palm Springs International Shortfest.
Damo O’Conor is the head trainer at SWA’s Area 52 Wrestling School. Alongside James Tyler and Joe Coffey, they have collectively held a dozen championships, gained tryouts with World Wrestling Entertainment and have worked across the country with the Scottish Wrestling Alliance.
Rob Drummond: Wrestling is one of the first winners of a prestigious Vital Spark Award by Creative Scotland.
Please note: Weekday performances (Wed-Fri) are 18+ only. Matinee events (Sat-Sun) are open to ages 8+
// Two special meal deals are available in the Arches Cafe Bar and Restaurant before the weekend performances of Wrestling, including a £4 lunchtime special and a meal and drinks for two for just £12.50. Or, if you’re seeing the show on Thurs or Fri, get £2 off the pre-theatre menu. See the Cafe Bar page for details. //
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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.”