The Arches presents
Tue 9 Jun 2015 | 7pm - 8pm | £3.50 (+£1.50 online-only TF) | Includes a glass of wine or soft drink | 18+
The anarchic, anything goes event 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 actions moves to the bar, where the audience talks back.
At Scratch in June:
Constructive by Craig Mason
Craig Manson is a performance artist who has focused much of his work on the themes of sexuality, autobiography, and identity. He has an interest in Queer politics and the concept of “otherness” in both performance and community settings. He is interested in creating performances that are playful and that aim to stretch the boundaries between audience and performer.
“Most of us will have heard that we are our own worst critic,” says Craig of his new performance, Constructive. “I’m not too sure about that. There’s loads of stuff I’ve done that I thought was great but other people didn’t. It’s not that I don’t care what other people think – on the contrary, I care massively. And I care about what people think of me, of how I look, about whether I’m coming across as nice and funny and popular and quirky. So I’m going to do a performance for you and I really hope you’ll like it.” His scratch is an investigation into the role of the critic, constructive criticism and who we choose to perform for, both in and out of the rehearsal room.
That Stupid Club by Ross Mann
Ross last appeared at Play, A Pie & A Pint as Alsemero in The Changeling in 2013. Alternate credits include Claire in The Maids (Citizens Theatre), McAllister in Emancipation Acts (African Caribbean Cultures Glasgow/Commonwealth Cultural Programme), Joe Necchi in Cains Book (Untitled Projects) and as Tybalt/Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (Bard In The Botanics).
His Scratch performance, That Stupid Club, is a light hearted look at turning twenty seven and pondering the future.
+ More performances to be confirmed
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.
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.”