Birds of Paradise presents
Wed 7 - Sat 10 Mar 2012 | 7.30pm | Preview (7th & 8th): £9/£6 // Performances (9th & 10th): £11/£7
A play about love, longing and the unreliability of macaws.
“I had an extraordinary time this afternoon. Edward Sheldon, who wrote Romance and other successful plays, has been stricken with some appalling petrifying paralysis for fourteen years and is blind too. All the well known stage people go to see him, talk to him and act scenes from their plays and ask his advice… He talks with consummate ease and charm, as if he had known you all his life…”
On the 27th December 1936, in a penthouse suite high above the streets of New York, a meeting took place between John Gielgud, a young, beautiful and very much in demand actor, and the playwright Edward Sheldon who, at the age of 29, was struck with crippling rheumatoid arthritis, a disease which eventually claimed his sight. It was to change both their lives forever.
Based on a true account, The Man Who Lived Twice is a dramatised version of what took place between these two men – the ‘crippled muse’ and the ‘fastidious actor’, who a few days later returned to give the performance of his life…
Written by Garry Robson
Directed by Alison Peebles
Designed by Kenny Miller
Lighting Design by Kate Bonney
Cast including Laurie Brown, Paul Cunningham and Karina Jones.
Alternatively call 0141 565 1000 or visit the Arches Box Office at 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL. Our Ticket and Meal Deal is available for this performance – enjoy a delicious two-course meal before the show in the Arches Cafe Bar and Restaurant for just £8.95 – please ask Box Office staff for details when booking your tickets.
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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.”