Scratch night

The Arches presents

Scratch night

Thu 9 Aug 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.


Jindagi (life)
Isha Gurung

Isha Gurung was born into a hard life in rural Nepal. This scratch performance in both English and Nepalese, looks at the extraordinary true story of her escape. Performed by Isha Gurung and directed by Antonia Doggett.

Pi’s Root
White Clown Pi

It’s that time again. Six months have passed. Root canal. You know this feeling – fear. Let’s hope there’s enough happy gas for the audience. Lewis Sherlock explores the audience reaction to the dentistry profession through play and spontaneity.

Ruth Mills

Choreographer and dance artist Ruth Mills (Whatever Gets You Through The Night) stages this duet with dancer Freya Jeffs as part of a larger all-female dance work currently in development for 2013. Casting a bright light on the female image as a desirable commodity in pop culture, Girlfriend brings a feminist sensibility to the pop song, cutting to the heart of the matter with emotional depth and the rhythmic precision of a drum machine.


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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Robinson Family Undercover Secret Agents
Ian Nulty