Tue 22 - Sat 26 Oct 2013 | 7.30pm | Duration: 1hr 30 mins | Tues (preview): £8 | Wed-Sat: £11/£8
“Part of the recovery process is to be okay with one’s former self. I myself am an ex-gay. My therapy involved working with horses… you know, cleaning them out and such. I mean we didn’t ride them or anything. That would be ridiculous.”
On the eve of her 40th birthday, Susan walks into a clinic that claims it can cure her of her “homosexual tendencies”. As the stories of her sit-com-loving mother, her confident new girlfriend and the clinic’s strange but sweet receptionist unravel around her, Susan must finally confront the secrets she can no longer hide.
Inspired by real accounts of conversion therapy, award-winning playwright Stef Smith uncovers the intertwining stories of four women in this brand new play about love, identity, and The Golden Girls…
Written by Olivier Award-winning writer Stef Smith (RoadKill, Falling/Flying, The Silence Of Bees, Tea and Symmetry).
Directed by Ros Philips (My Name is Rachel Corrie, Falling/Flying, A Hundred Tiny Plays about Britain).
Performed by Julie Hale and Mary Gapinski.
Commissioned for Glasgay! Festival 2013.
Praise for Falling/Flying:
“political, observational, mystical, erotic, tragic”
“gorgeous, funny, brave”
Also on as part of Glasgay! at the Arches: The Worst Of Scottee
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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.”