Fri 22 Aug 2014
The Arches Brick Award offers emergent performance companies and artists from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the opportunity to re-stage their piece underneath our very Victorian vaults in Glasgow in 2015, offering funding towards the costs of re-staging the work.
Headed up by Arches Artistic Director, Jackie Wylie and The Arches Arts Team, Gillian Garrity, Jill Smith and Kathryn Boyle, the judging panel- which included Kieran Hurley, Shelley Hastings, Peter McMaster, Nick Anderson- has been in Edinburgh over the past few weeks, hurtling headlong into venues all over town in search of the best emerging talent at The Fringe.
The winners were announced and awards were presented on Thursday 21st August at the Spiegel Tent on St Andrew’s Square.
Gillian Garrity on the first of two winners: The Christeene Machine by Christeene
“When I first went into this performance I was pretty scared, but I, and the rest of the panel have been quickly won over by the filthy exuberance of the performance by Christeene and her boys; the humanity of the show, the social need for the tolerance and the acceptance difference and of the fearlessness with which they break down theatrical conventions. What I took from this performance is I need to look up more and I need to feed my inner pony and if you don’t know what this means go see Christeene performing until this Saturday night at Underbelly.”
Kieran Hurley on the second very different but equally deserving winner, This Is How We Die by Christopher Brett Bailey
“This is a truly formidable show. Bailey is completely unashamed of his reference points, sat at this desk – appearing like Spalding Gray might if he were a character in an early David Lynch movie – he dusts down the surrealist prose writing boots of the American beats like Kerouac and Burroughs and strides confidently around in them, wearing them into new territories, and making them fit for the cultural conditions of the 21st century. I’m not even going to mention the captivating verbal gymnastics and exquisite energy of Bailey as a performer, because perhaps the best, most exciting thing about this show is in the fact the total gallusness of its structure. It is a show that for one hour makes a virtue out of being nothing more than one man, a mic, a desk and a script, but somehow, ends with a ten minute epic post rock noise art outro by a live four piece band. Not only is this completely unexpected, not only is it fucking supercool, it somehow makes total artistic sense. It is a logical extension of the text’s own destruction of language and meaning, the next step in its mad journey towards a kind of poetic oblivion. Christopher Brett Bailey has a brass neck. And he has every right to, because this is brilliant.”
Congratulations to our winners and also to our oustanding runners- up. We hope to see you all in the Dear Green Place very soon.