The Arches presents
Tue 4 Jun 2013 | 7pm-8pm | £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 work from critically acclaimed writer and performer Alan Bissett, Eilidh Daniels, Melanie Jordan, Melanie Forbes Broome and Juliette Burton.
Ban This Filth!
Award-winning writer and performer Alan Bissett will be showing a rough extract from his new solo show in which he plays an exaggerated version of himself as well as the radical feminist and anti-porn campaigner Andrea Dworkin. Exploring feminism from a male point of view, and using stories from his own life, the show looks at the problems inherent in a man exploring definitions of the ‘correct’ feminism. How has his own use of porn ‘shaped’ him as a male? Has radical feminism been superceded by the ubiquity of internet porn and the rise of ‘pro-sex’ feminism?
Melanie Jordan, Caitlin Skinner and Hana MacKechnie
In the most private of places you can flush away dirt in an instant. Sanitise follows a young woman who locks herself in her bathroom to indulge her passion for clean and explore her desire to be dirty.
Melanie Forbes Broome
Knowledge of growing, hunting and gathering has long been forgotten in a vast area of western culture, with man dependent on society to provide for him, and supermarkets becoming the sole providers for many people. Melanie Forbes Broome reflects on the absurdity of our culture’s attitudes towards food through movement and physicality.
When I Grow Up
When I Grow Up takes a look back at the careers that could have been. In a bid to realize as many of her childhood ambitions as possible, Juliette’s research for the show has included everything from volunteering at a farm, taking ‘princess lessons’, a week at patisserie school and learning what it takes to be a successful Muppet. Now’s your chance to find out what she learnt – and whether she discovered her true vocation in the process.
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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“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.”