The Arches presents
Fri 2 Dec 2011 - Tue 3 Jan 2012 | School days: 10.30am, 1.30pm // Weekends & holidays: 1pm, 3.30pm (23rd Dec: 10.30am only). No performances on Mondays. | £9 adult / £4.50 child/conc / £22 family (2 adults & 2 children)
The Arches’ magical and hilarious children’s show for Christmas 2011, Rudolf.
It’s Christmas, but it’s hard to celebrate with no cards, tree, presents or food. If only Esmerelda the chicken would agree to laying an egg. It could be a scrambled Christmas dinner, or fried, or even boiled… but Esmerelda just won’t be persuaded, unless she hears her favourite story….
With only the bits and pieces from their tiny house, huge imaginations and the strongest sense of the ridiculous, two unlikely storytellers attempt to tell the tale of brave Rudolf, the reindeer with dreams, who just doesn’t “nose” why he doesn’t fit in.
Rudolf was created by Andy Manley, founding member of Visible Fictions Theatre Company and winner of a 2010 Herald Angel and Fringe First award for his sellout children’s production White. It is devised and performed by Ross Allan and Rob Evans, whose recent adaptation Pobby and Dingan won the 2010 TMA Award for Best Show for Children and Young People.
The perfect festive treat for audiences young and old, this touching tale was first produced in 2008 for Stirling’s MacRobert Arts Centre and was nominated for a CATS award for Best Show for Children and Young People.
For a glimpse of what to expect, see the production shots on the Arches Flickr or watch Olive the Other Reindeer, one of the hilarious characters in Rudolf, in this video response for the Scottish Ballet’s Christmas character dating service, Tutu’s Company
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING //
Rudolf has been getting fantastic reviews across the board from both critics, parents and children. Take a look:
“If this show hasn’t melted your heart, you don’t have one.”
“a sweet, good-hearted slice of seasonal warmth”
WHAT THE AUDIENCE ARE SAYING //
“The kids loved it – they laughed and took part in the show. It was great!”
Ashley, nursery teacher
“…such a change from the usual Christmas pantos on offer to parents. It was a really special experience”
“I’m going to rehearse the dance and singing at the end of the show every day at home so that I can dance for Santa”
Eve, 3 ½
“The song was really great at the end. I thought that Rudolf and the duck were great friends”
BOOKING INFORMATION //
There are no performances on 5th, 12th, 19th, 25th, 26th Dec and 1st & 2nd Jan.
Please contact us on 0141 565 1000 if you would like to make a group booking.
Teachers go free with school or nursery groups
Sign language interpreted performance: Friday 9th December at 10.30am
Recommended for children aged 3+
KIDS’ MEAL DEAL //
For the third in our Arches Cafe Bar Makeover series, we’ve forsaken Madonna for a some fairy lights, a few festive deer and a whole load of red noses - take a look here. The perfect place to relax and get into the Christmas spirit before or after the show, we’ve got a children’s menu available featuring enough favourites to keep them happy – and all for just £4.95.
Mini pizza and chips
Cheesy pasta and garlic bread
Fish fingers and chips
Chicken goujons and chips
For more information see the Arches Cafe Bar and Restaurant page or get in touch on 0141 565 1035 / email@example.com
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.”
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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.