Scratch Night (Feb)

The Arches presents

Scratch Night (Feb)

Carolyn Wood | Ali Taylor | & more to be announced

Thu 6 Feb 2014 | 7pm-8pm (plus post-show discussion in the bar) | £3.50 ticket 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 includes snippets of new work from Carolyn Wood, Ali Taylor and more to be confirmed.

This month’s line-up_____________

Ali Taylor

One Parent Policy. One State Execution. One Impossible Decision.

Welcome to the State of Anich. Welcome to a world where the ever-increasing aging population and ever-decreasing resources have necessitated One Parent Policy; if both parents are alive, aged seventy or over, you must choose which one is state executed. You don’t choose? You all get executed. Welcome to the Grays’ family home, one night before they make one death or death decision.

Rachel Frances Sharpe and Andrew Houston

Merging film and contemporary performance, Hym is the first collaborative project between Glasgow based artists Andrew Houston and Rachel Frances Sharpe.

The line of exploration of ‘Hym’ follows the break point between gloss and illusion to abject horror. The break point, for us, refers to the sudden change in tension that can be seen in select cinematic horror adaptations of the 20th and 21st century; the moment where an ideal construct is broken and falls into abject horror or the visceral. This would be the point where a piece would lose the family audience.

By re-contextualizing a well-known musical number, we wish to delve into and re-present the ‘break point’, but one that goes back and forth between varying forms of hysteria.

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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