The Arches presents
Thu 18 Sep 2014 | 10pm - 2am | £5 / Free with 'Wallace' ticket
The voting booths are closed and now we play the waiting game.
When the lights come up and the party is over, how much closer will we be to an ‘Aye’ or ‘Naw’?
As part of Early Days: The Arches Referendum Festival, some of Scotland’s best artists and performers take part in a night of artistic interaction, live music and DJs – all whilst keeping one eye on the results as they come in on the big screen. The Arches Political Party follows the final performance of Rob Drummond’s new work-in-development, Wallace, a three-act play co-commissioned by The Arches and the National Theatre of Great Britain.
The night’s soundtrack comes courtesy of acclaimed Glaswegian electronic/rock experimentalists Errors, on hand for an extended session on the decks, collaborating with VJ Jamie Wardrop, cutting together visual material from the Scottish Screen Archive in a newly-commissioned performance.
Also manning the turntables will be Andy Wade of Scottish indie legends The Phantom Band, while Carla Easton of Teencanteen will perform an intimate acoustic set. Jazz vocalist Jude Williams has composed some very special ‘songs of yays and nay’ just for the occasion, and look out for special pop-up performances on the night.
Comedian David Bratchpiece will host, responding to the voting coverage as the ballots are counted. He will preside over a cabaret of thrilling live performance, featuring some perennial Arches favourites. With specially-designed decor, and quirky cocktails inspired by Irn Bru and Tunnock’s Teacakes on offer at the Arches Cafe Bar, this promises to be a night to remember.
Daredevils the BBB Motorcyle Club will be on hand throughout the event – two rough and ready bikers who combine biking, ballet and boxing with their take on the Rev v v v… erendum. The Curio Cabaret Takeover is a spectacular show devised around the theme ‘Wave Hello, Say Goodbye,’ featuring host and founder Sita Pieraccini and some very special guests. Pieraccini promises a fun-filled journey through symbols, songs and sequins.
It wouldn’t be an Arches show without a bit of experimental performance – this comes in the form of a new piece commissioned by Glasgow-based artist James Stephen Wright, and an invitation to ‘dance the referendum’ with performer Kate E. Deeming. Spoken word specialists Words Per Minute make a welcome return, hosted by writer and performer Kirstin Innes, with guests including novelist and playwright Alan Bissett.
Watch the results come in with the Arches Political Party… the night before everything changes (or not).
Full EARLY DAYS programme:
Rob Drummond ‘Wallace’ | Sun 14 – Thurs 18 Sept ’14 | £12/£10
Robert Ormerod ‘Political Youth’ |Thurs 4 – Fri 19 Sept ’14 | FREE
Adam Scarborough ‘Please Wait to be Seated’ | Fri 5 – Fri 19 Sept ’14 | Cafe Bar Takeover
Symposium: Imagining Scotland – Pasts, Presents, Futures | Sun 14 Sept ’14 | FREE
Marcus Montgomery Roche: Vote for Me | Tues 16 Sept ’14 | FREE
Trigger: How to Choose? by Davey Anderson and Gary McNair | Wed 17 Sept ’14 | £8/£6
The Arches Political Party | Thurs 18 Sept ’14 | £5 / FREE with Wallace ticket
The What Now? Brunch | Fri 19 Sept ’14 | FREE for the first 30 guests
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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.”