The Arches presents
Tue 21 May - Sat 1 Jun 2013
Rob Drummond takes the award-winning, critically acclaimed Bullet Catch to the National Theatre, London as part of his 2013 world tour.
59E59, New York, USA
6th – 21st April
Spiegeltent, Brighton, UK
16th – 19th May
National Theatre, London, UK
21st May – 1st June
Spoleto Festival, Charleston, UK
5th – 9th June
Cultura Inglesa, Sao Paolo, Brazil
15th – 18th June
Roll up, roll up… The Arches is proud to present the return of the most daring, death defying show on earth, the Edinburgh Fringe smash hit Bullet Catch – written and performed by Rob Drummond, and co-directed by Drummond and David Overend. Following its sell-out success, the award winning and critically acclaimed show is currently on a world tour.
A stunt so dangerous Houdini refused to attempt it, the Bullet Catch has claimed the lives of at least twelve illusionists, assistants and spectators since its conception in 1613. The show follows the life and death onstage of famed bullet catcher, William Henderson, who died 100 years ago performing the trick. Now, with a little help from his audience, modern day marvel William Wonder presents a unique theatrical magic show featuring storytelling, mind reading, levitation, games of chance and, if you’re brave enough to stay for it, the most notorious finale in show business.
Be astounded by this compelling theatre performance. Be amazed by this high calibre magic show with professional tricks galore. Be the audience member selected to take the spotlight as the wonderful magician’s glamorous assistant. Grasp the edge of your seat and feel the adrenaline rise in this powerful performance from acclaimed performer, director, playwright (and magician) Rob Drummond (Wrestling, Mr Write, Sixteen) which will test even the strongest of nerves.
“Drummond’s conjuring skills are genuine and very impressive but his ability to make a profound philosophical meditation into a hugely entertaining magic show is cleverer still because it is so subtly done.”
★★★★ The Herald
Prior to performing Bullet Catch at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012, playwright, actor and director Rob Drummond premiered the show Wrestling (**** Scotsman, **** Herald) at the Arches in February 2011. One of seven winners of the prestigious 2010 Vital Spark award from Creative Scotland, the show thrillingly fused short film, narrative theatre and pro wrestling. Rob was one of two winners of the 2008 Arches Award for Stage Directors with his play Sixteen and has also worked with the National Theatre of Scotland, winning rave reviews for Mr Write at the Tron Theatre in 2010 (***** Guardian, **** Times and **** Herald). Rob is currently developing work with the NTS, Traverse Theatre and Oran Mor.
Winner: Herald Angel Award
Winner: Total Theatre Award – Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form
“Remarkable, multilayered and utterly gripping.”
“A magnetic piece of theatre.”
“A startlingly deep reflection on the mysterious relationship between performance and despair.”
“Pulse-quickening… but also quietly profound.”
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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.”