The Arches and Catherine Wheels present
Fri 30 Nov - Sun 30 Dec 2012 | See event for times, dates and prices
“”…this really is a treat from start to finish. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much at a kids show. …really has to be seen to be believed. Eggcellent.””
Alan Chadwick, STV
It’s hatching time, and there’s one last egg. One huge egg. One last, huge egg that just… won’t… CRACK! And then out flops one crazy looking dude. Big feet, long neck… This is one ugly looking duck.
Will he find love? Will he find happiness? Will anyone love that duck? And, most importantly, will he find the nearest disco?
Come along and enjoy this brand new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen‘s classic tale. Written by Andy Manley, creator of last year’s favourite Rudolf and the multi-award winning White, and co-produced by Catherine Wheels, this is a disco-fuelled, glitter-filled tale for anyone who’s ever felt they’re a little bit different. Perfect for getting kids, young and old, into the festive party mood!
Created and directed by Andy Manley (White/Rudolf)
Designed by Shona Reppe (The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean)
Sound Design by Marcus Britton
Lighting Design by Sergey Jakovsky
Cast: Laurie Brown, Gill Robertson and Veronica Leer
“What a feather in the Arches’ cap this is… The action is by turns hilarious, charming, scary, touching – and [Laurie] Brown’s duckling is just the perfect fit for this captivating treat of a show.”
***** Mary Brennan, Herald review
“An epic journey towards self realisation… it’s witty, inventive and charming to boot.”
**** List review
“This swan’s awakening comes complete with a mirror-ball crash helmet and a wings-in-the-air dance to the Village People, a celebratory finale in which he is joyously allowed to be himself.”
**** Mark Fisher, Guardian review
“The Ugly Duckling at the Arches is a real Christmas quacker…this really is a treat from start to finish. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much at a kids show. Eggcellent.”
Alan Chadwick, STV review
“Laurie Brown is convincing both as innocent duckling and triumphant swan, while Gill Robertson and Veronica Leer make the most of multiple characters – their vignette as predatory foxes is pitched perfectly for the toddlers, sinister and comic.”
Gareth K Vile, Stage review
“Hans Christian Andersen’s tale about the ugly duckling who becomes a swan gets a contemporary twist and a dollop of disco in this lovely show for younger children”
8/10 Evening Times review
“Our Primary 1 children loved the Ugly Duckling; staff found it really entertaining too. We will be back next year!”
Anderston Primary School
“The Ugly Duckling was so cleverly done, tapping into the humour of children and adults alike. The Arches continues to be our favourite venue for children’s theatre.”
Alison Campbell, Fortrose Nursery School
“It was the best!”
Alyssa, age 3
“When the little pigs went along it was so funny”
Ellen, age 4
“I loved when the Ugly Duckling turned into a swan. It was like magic”
Mollie, age 4
School days: 10.30am & 1.30pm
Weekends & school holidays: 1pm & 3.30pm
Fri 21st Dec: 10.30am only
Christmas Eve: 10.30am & 1.30pm
No performances on Mondays (except 24th)
No performances on 25th and 26th Dec
£9.50/£5 (child/conc) | Family ticket: £24 (2 adults & 2 children) | Teachers go free with school groups
Tickets are selling fast with many shows already sold out! Book online here or call 0141 565 1000
Performance lasts 55 minutes
Accessible for wheelchair users
Suitable for ages 3+
Small theatre so every seat has a great view
Kids’ menu in the cafe bar
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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.”