Thu 6 Jun 2013
Following last year’s sell-out runs of Rob Drummond’s Bullet Catch and Kieran Hurley’s Beats, The Arches will this year once again be at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT and Robert Softley’s IF THESE SPASMS COULD SPEAK
The Arches’ critically acclaimed award-winning show, Whatever Gets You Through The Night, an ambitious multi-disciplinary music and theatre performance, is to be performed at the magnificent Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh as part of the prestigious Made in Scotland showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013.
This unique live show, featuring music, theatre, circus and cabaret was created by Cora Bissett with Edinburgh-based band Swimmer One and acclaimed writer David Greig.
Showcasing new work from over 20 writers, musicians and artists from across Scotland, the show tells stories from around the country between midnight and 4am: 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 features brand new words and music from Scottish musicians and writers including Errors, Alan Bissett, Rachel Sermanni, Withered Hand, David Greig, RM Hubbert, Wounded Knee, Kieran Hurley, Alan Spence, Ricky Ross, Emma Pollock, Kirstin Innes, Isabel Wright, Swimmer One, Bigg Taj, Stef Smith, and Talkingmakesnosense.
Robert Softley returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his sensational one-man show, If These Spasms Could Speak, presented in association with The Arches, as part of the prestigious Made in Scotland showcase.
Drawing upon real stories from other disabled people, as well as Robert’s own experiences, the show explores the way in which their bodies have an impact on how they live their lives, and how they are seen by others. These stories, whether sad, funny, touching or surprising, offer an enlightening insight into what it means to be disabled.
If These Spasms Could Speak was one of the highlights of The Arches’ BEHAVIOUR festival in 2012, receiving critical acclaim during the complete sell-out run.