The Arches presents
Tue 24 - Wed 25 Feb 2015 | 7.30pm | £6/£4 | 18+
“When you long with all your heart for someone to love you, a madness grows which shakes all sense from the trees and the water and the Earth. And nothing lives for you, except the deep bitter want.”
1944: Diarist Denton Welch writes with astonishing honesty about his obsession for a chaotic land-boy named Eric Oliver.
2011: A young writer is given the diaries by a family friend and discovers echoes of the past within his own life.
Weaving together Denton Welch’s deeply moving story with his own autobiography, Sam Rowe presents a poignant yet humorous reflection upon loneliness and longing.
Denton & Me is the debut solo show from theatre-maker Sam Rowe (director and dramaturg on Robert Softley’s “outstanding” If These Spasms Could Speak*).
A disarming piece of writing by a powerful new voice in Scottish theatre.
Part of LGBT History Month.
Director Nicholas Bone
Design Colin O’Hara
Lighting George Cort
Sound Scott Tywnholm
Dramaturg Brian Mullin
Producers Sam Rowe and Robert Softley
Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
*Fringe Review 2013
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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.”