Scratch Night

The Arches presents

Scratch Night

Wed 28 Jan 2015 | 7pm - 8pm | £3.50 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)

The anarchic, anything goes evening which sees theatre companies, performers, writers and dancers from all fields take ten minutes to try an idea in front of an audience. Afterwards, the action moves to the bar, where the audience talks back.


This month’s line-up:

Clare Marcie Wilson
What would Kanye do?

Marcy is a small white girl from New Zealand.
She makes rap music.
The project ventures into the uncomfortable territory where logical beliefs clash with illogical passions, where humour clashes with horror, where bravado clashes with vulnerability.
Can a white girl exist in a black man’s world?

Good Punch
The Main Yvette

Everyone wants to win, everyone wants to be the best, but what does it take?

We are consumers of life, constantly striving to improve ourselves…

Be happier! Be healthier! Be sexier, richer and more content, be the best possible you!

The Main Yvette is a capitalist game show. The 10 contestants are trapped on stage, unaware of why they are there or what the point of it all is. Through a series of symbolic tests, “Who’s the sexiest?”, “Who can worry the most?”, “Who is the most ‘sorted’ and together?”, the contestants’ femininity and personality are trialled.

The Main Yvette is about conformity and pleasing others, about the fear of failure and the enduring hum of anxiety bolstered by contemporary consumerist culture. Taking inspiration from mainstream media and everyday life, The Main Yvette is recognizably absurd and invites the viewer to laugh at the ridiculousness of human behaviour.

Paul Brotherston
Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound

A Séance in 1942 inspired an 18-year old woman to found the BBC Radiophonic workshop and in the process invent electronic music as we know it.

Daphne Oram was one of the most distinctive composers of the 20th century – a pioneer of electronic sound who cut a trailblazing path through uncharted musical territory. This is her story.

Using a blend of dynamic movement, text and live sonic composition, Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound explores the life and ideas of a true innovator who sacrificed everything for her art.

This is the very first draft of a larger piece.

Sara Zaltash
the lamb, the star

A genesis of meat and magic, told through light and song. Sara Zaltash explores the relationship between our internal organs and the celestial bodies in a new devised contemporary theatre piece.

Working poetically with bio-medical and cosmological language, Zaltash draws on the teachings of Rudolph Steiner and Freud’s early psychoanalytic practice to weave a sonic narrative of corrupted astrological ambition and digital-glitch spirituality. Projected visuals demonstrate the hands of creation moving across the mixed-mediums of creative matter. The artist offers herself as both deity and tribute in order to reposition sacrificial practices in contemporary life. Expect glittering blood and loving violence.


Get involved

Scratch is the Arches’ way of giving companies, performers, writers, dancers and visual artists – basically, artists from any genre – a chance to try out a new idea in front of an audience.

Each quarterly event attracts an audience of theatre makers, performance artists, creatives and industry professionals who are all on hand to give you feedback in the break, and afterwards in the bar. Previous performers have gone on to develop their pieces at Arches LIVE and elsewhere.

Your piece should last 10 minutes, and some rehearsal space may be available for artists subject to availability.

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