The Arches presents
Wed 16 May 2012 | 7.30pm | £3.50
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 //
By Marcus Roche
This scratch performance of Risk, taking inspiration from the 1900s board game where the players aim to conquer the world, presents the game play in a theatrical space. Guided by a compere, the audience become responsible for the outcome of the show. Risk is an interactive and audio-visual version of the game and a new piece of political theatre where you control the show and you draw the conclusions.
Warrior 1 – Mother
By Mahri Riley
I am interested in investigating human relationships and the relationship one has with one’s self, this time with Warrior 1 focusing on Mother – the female parent. I am a female parent, I am a lone parent. I have daily struggles with myself, some trivial and some insurmountable, but all of them based around the fact that I am wholly responsible for another human life. I am a Mother, I am a Warrior and I would like to share this part of my Warrior self with an audience. Warrior 1 – Mother uses the conventions of physical theatre, live art, text and political satire to communicate and challenge the stereotypes surrounding a female parent.
The End of the Dream
By Andrew McGregor
The End of the Dream is a collection of scenes inspired by the album Carry the Torch by Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Paul McGranaghan. The songs are in turn inspired by the work and life of the late Hunter S. Thompson. The play follows various characters through disparate scenes ranging from confessions of a former Hells Angel to what life is like in a Viking Heaven. The scenes examine various ideas and themes with a common thread being the cost of alienation and isolation.
you do it to yourself, you do, and that’s what really hurts.
Directed and written by Drew Taylor
A dystopian epic.
An examination of the British culture of blame.
An ensemble piece with live art aesthetics and blackly comedic beating heart.
A transgendered teen, a banker wanker, a woman with many wigs, a nurse, a hurt girl, a karaoke obsessed PA desperately looking for love, a washed out poster child, an Oliver Twist urchin running wild, a 1950s social psychologist… and, er, Eddie Izzard…
The piece deliberately places contrasting styles of delivery next to one another, zooming in on individual stories. Does this jar? Are you too distracted by the interrupted flow? We’re taking a large, broad concept, tapping firmly into the Zeitgeist, trying to keep characters/stories interesting for the audience, rather than tokenistic for a point… At this stage, do you think this is being achieved? Are you excited?
GETTING INVOLVED //
Scratch is the Arches’ way of giving companies, performers, writers, dancers and visual artists – basically, artists from any genres – 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.
For more details, get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.”