Wed 26 - Sat 29 Mar 2014 | 7pm (6.30pm on Sat 29th) (175 mins) | Preview (26th): £10/£8 | Full/Conc: £12/£10 (Behaviour festival passes available for £48/£38)
Wed 26th March 7pm (£8/£10)
Thurs 27th March 7pm (£10/£12)
Fri 28th March 7pm (£10/£12)
Sat 29th March 6.30pm (£10/£12)
Written by Alexander Trocchi
Adapted and Directed by Alan McKendrick
Ian Hanmore (Game of Thrones, Young Adam)
Acclaimed worldwide as a high watermark for Scottish literature, Cain’s Book is a tour-de-force of poetic writing simultaneously occupying the modes of drug literature confessional, bleak comedy and philosophical tract, depicting protagonist Joe Necchi’s experiences from a Glasgow childhood through to adult life in 1950s New York as a scow captain and unrepentant heroin addict.
McKendrick’s adaptation juxtaposes theatre, cinematic and photographic projection, formation dance interludes and music from Glasgow avant-rock group Smack Wizards. A continuous three-hour live extravaganza – there will be opportunities to take intervals, yet incentives to remain throughout.
“… a mix of live performance, film, deliciously nihilistic little ditties and even an interval interlude of deadpan dance… You’re left wanting more, of course. This whole project could get seriously addictive.”
***** The Herald
On Sat 29th from 3.30-4.30pm The Arches hosts ‘Cosmonaut of Inner Space’: An exploration of the literary work of Alexander Trocchi. This pre-show discussion brings together a panel of guests to discuss the life and work of the celebrated author of Cain’s Book, followed by the performance at 6.30pm. Joining us for the discussion are PhD student and Trocchi specialist Gill Tasker, award-winning musician, writer, and filmmaker Erik Sandberg, and Hannah Van Hove, a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Glasgow currently researching Trocchi’s work.
Please enter at 253 Argyle Street
All Behaviour shows are 18 and over. Please call Box Office on 0141 565 1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are under 18 and would like to attend.
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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.”