Scratch Night

The Arches presents

Scratch Night

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


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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