The Arches and Regular Music in association with Richard Jordan Productions present
Tue 20 - Sun 25 Aug 2013 | 10.30pm (extra shows 7.30pm Tues & Fri) | £13.50 - £16.50
The Arches’ award-winning, critically acclaimed music and theatre spectacular Whatever Gets You Through The Night comes to The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013.
“A major achievement”
“From the throwaway to the bittersweet, these fragments take us dreamily through the night”
“A fiercely likeable evening of theatre, rich in talent and musical inspiration”
“Bissett has taken the musical back to its fringe roots in a glorious mix of domestic sentimentalism and old school grit”
“Something new, intriguing and engaging”
Featuring live performances from:
And brand new words and music from:
Errors, Alan Bissett, Rachel Sermanni, Withered Hand, David Greig, RM Hubbert, Meursault, Wounded Knee, Alan Spence, Ricky Ross, Kieran Hurley, Emma Pollock, Kirstin Innes, Isabel Wright, Swimmer One, Bigg Taj, Stef Smith and Talkingmakesnosense.
Showcasing new work from over 20 writers, musicians and artists from across Scotland, this funny, moving, reflective and utterly celebratory show incorporates music, theatre, cabaret and circus to create a portrait of a country between the hours of midnight and 4am.
From a heartfelt goodbye on the shores of Loch Lomond, a Skype affair between two people who have never met, a man searching for a gay lover in ‘the palace of light’, a stoner in meltdown, and a glorious Broadway-style homage to Scotland’s other native dish, chips and cheese, meet lost souls, party animals and dreamers in a snapshot of an entire nation at its most vulnerable and revealing.
Whatever Gets You Through The Night was created by Cora Bissett (Glasgow Girls, Roadkill) with Swimmer One and David Greig (Prudencia Hart, Midsummer). It premiered at the Arches in 2012, selling out across the run and winning Best Theatre at the Creative Scotland Awards 2012. As well as the live show, this unique project also takes the form of a book, an album (released by Biphonic Records) and a film directed by Daniel Warren which was premiered at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012. It is proudly presented this year by the Arches as part of the prestigious Made in Scotland showcase.
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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.”