Cardinal Sinne Q&A with Raymond Burke

We were lucky to have Writer Raymond Burke chat to us about his play Cardinal Sinne, which is Glasgay! Festival 2014’s main commission. Read on, if you dare…

Tell us a little about your new show Cardinal Sinne?

Cardinal Sinne is a fictional character, the highest ranking Catholic clergyman in the country, respected and revered by all, but who has been abusing his position for many years. The play is set in his offices and chambers as he prepares to leave for the Rome conclave to help elect the next Pope. As allegations regarding his sexual conduct are revealed, he tries to lie, bully and coerce his way out of trouble but simply makes the situation worse.

What sparked the idea behind Cardinal Sinne?

Recently, when one of the most outspoken homophobes in the country was outed as a hypocrite who had been abusing younger men, we discussed the possibility of creating a biographical account. However because of the veil of secrecy that has been cast over events and ongoing investigations, it was more appropriate to create a fictional character, Cardinal Sinne, who is placed in a similar situation. This allowed us to compress the full story into less than two hours and present it as a twisted kind of farce.

Religion is far too easy a target for comedy and has just about been given its last rites as far as Scotland is concerned. Therefore it is the hypocrisy of senior members of the clergy rather than the belief system that is the main focus of the show. Although, the church, like many institutions and corporations, is undoubtedly guilty of protecting itself regardless of the pain and suffering it may cause to individuals.

How does the piece relate to sexual and religious taboos?

Organised religion is perhaps the main perpetrator of taboos concerning sexuality and, as western civilisation progresses, the inherent bigotry and homophobia are evermore obvious in contrast to the egalitarian attitudes of modernity. Paradoxically, the perpetration of homophobia may actually serve the church in a number of unexpected ways. As laity is inculcated with ideas of marriage and procreation in order to produce the next generation of believers, anyone with any unorthodox sexual preferences may find themselves drawn to a life of celibacy as a means of hiding their guilt.

The piece is a mix of ‘comic farce, serious soliloquy and ludicrous litany’; how do these elements work together?

Farce and soliloquy are uncomfortable bedfellows but we have chosen to adopt elements of these genres to represent the inherent duality of the main character. The show will thus on occasion cut sharply from comedy into prayer or litany. The external narrative will consequently portray the internal struggle of the Cardinal in the show as he tries to balance his beliefs with his own natural urges.

What other Glasgay! Festival events are you looking forward to?

Craig Hill. Since he’s always a good laugh. (And he’s from East Kilbride – which has a street named Craig Hill.)

Cardinal Sinne is showing at Tron Theatre Wed 22 Oct- Sat 1 Nov, as part of Glasgay! Festival 2014. Get your tickets now!

The Madness of Lady Bright by Lanford Wilson

CARDBOARD FOX presents a double-bill

BOOK-NOW_ICONWED 29 OCT – SAT 1 NOV, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)
Tickets £8 inc glass of wine/or soft drink
Limited tickets on sale at door from 7pm. Subject to availability.
ROSE & GRANTS
27 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5EZ
Tel 0141 552 7575

The Madness of Lady Bright by Lanford Wilson

It’s a hot evening in her New York City apartment, as ageing drag queen Leslie Bright peers into her mirror and is faced with her own mortality, while being haunted by the memories of  those who she has loved and lost. Cardboard Fox Theatre Co. invites you to an intimate evening of theatre.

Mr & Mrs. Laughton

“Into his books, into his art. Into Himself .That was Charles, Charles Laughton”.

As the famed character actor prepares for his turn as King Lear, his wife Elsa Lanchester invites us into the intimate confines of their marriage. Through her eyes we see his rise as one of the brightest stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and the turmoil caused by living in a marriage based on a lie. Yet what these two fractured people found in each other, lasted thirty three years and on all accounts was a marriage of more than just convenience. Mr & Mrs Laughton, delves into the love we choose to accept and cherish when the heart yearns for something else, and the uplifting, and heartbreaking consequences found there in.

COLQUHOUN & MACBRYDE by JOHN BYRNE

COLQUHOUN & MACBRYDE
By JOHN BYRNE

Directed by Andy Arnold
With Andy Clark & Stephen Clyde

BOOK-NOW_ICON
Preview: WED 29 OCT, 2014, 8pm, £6
THU 30 OCT – SAT 8 NOV 2014, 8pm
Tickets £10 £7.50 conc)
TRON THEATRE, Changing House
63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Tel 0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk

Fresh from artistic triumph in Glasgow, two painters swagger down to war-torn London’s Bohemia to take the art world by storm.  After forcing galleries and critics to take notice of their brilliant post modernist paintings, they briefly become revered as the Gilbert and George of London’s art establishment.  However, these two Roberts, partners and lovers, are also outrageous and flamboyant hedonists who are eventually shunned by the Capital’s chattering classes.  And once out of control, there is only one way to go.

John Byrne idolised these two brilliant painters in his own Glasgow art school days and has written a fast-moving play crackling with fine art and foul profanities.

Illustration credit: John Byrne

Cardinal Sinne by Raymond Burke

CARDINAL SINNE
By Raymond Burke
Directed by Grant Smeaton
Designed by Veronica Rennie

BOOK-NOW_ICON
Wed 22 Oct, Preview, 7.45pm
Thu 23 Oct – Sat 1 Nov, 7.45pm
TRON THEATRE, MAIN THEATRE
63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Tickets
Tue-Thu £14 (Conc £10)
Fri-Sat £16 (Conc £12)
Tel 0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk
What dark secrets lurk beneath the scarlet robes?

Cardinal Sinne, is in the process of packing his bags to fly to Rome and help elect the next Pope.  However, before he can leave, he is confronted by a journalist with some awkward questions regarding his own past carnal conduct.  Things are further complicated when a Vatican representative also arrives to investigate similar allegations and a lapsed priest appears threatening to reveal all and have him defrocked.

With the help of an eager young seminarian and his loyal but sexually frustrated housekeeper, he endeavours to prove that he is a staunch heterosexual celibate.

A religious romp presented in a mix of traditional comic farce, serious soliloquy and ludicrous litany, ‘Cardinal Sinne’ will investigate the root and responsibility of institutions in their perpetuation of sexual inequality and bias.

A Glasgay! Commission

PHOTOCREDIT: NIALL WALKER

All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental!

Ron Athey – Incorruptible Flesh: Messianic Remains

Incorruptible Flesh: “Messianic Remains”  – Ron Athey

BOOK-NOW_ICONTUE 11 + WED 12 NOV, 7.30PM
THE ARCHES
253 ARGYLE STREET, GLASGOW G2 8DL
Tel 0141 565 1000
Tickets £15 (£10 conc)
www.thearches.co.uk

The fourth installation in the Incorruptible Flesh series, “Messianic Remains”, is a solo performance commissioned by Performance Studies international, debuting at Stanford University in June 2013. Returning to the laid-in-state-sexualized corpse scene presented as a static image in [Dissociative Sparkle], the messianic impulse/prophecy is activated. Dressed in vestmental finery, a funeral procession draws its pulse from Genet’s Our Lady of the Flowers, and Athey arises from the viewing into a walking meditation. As in earlier works in the series, Athey rides the grandiose myth of enlightenment that only the face of death may reveal.

The concept of the Incorruptible Flesh series took form a year before the three-therapy HIV drug treatment would give hope by halting the numbers of AIDS deaths.  In a research residence at the CCA Glasgow in February 1996, Athey and collaborator, Lawrence Steger studied the lives of saints, the relics and in particular, the display of the ‘incorruptible’ bodies, most of which are wax sculptures with a corpse inside. Applying the status of ‘incorruptible’ upon their own dying HIV+ bodies, Athey and Steger wove solo actions into interactions – including “The Trojan Whore” which Athey performed at the memorials for Leigh Bowery in 1998.  The final action in the piece contained the image of the living corpse on display: Athey laid out on a simple plank, tended to by Steger (with monstrous special affects makeup suggesting decomposing).  The live AIDS body,  on-display, anointed (greased), bathed in golden light marked the glorification of the live AIDS body, which in future performances in the series, “Dissociative Sparkle” and “Perpetual Wound”, became the more esoteric post-AIDS body. Lawrence Steger died in February 1999.

“Dissociative Sparkle” was performed in February 2006, exactly 10 years later, for the National Review of Live Art in Glasgow and was later repeated at Artists Space in NYC .  Athey presented his first durational piece – a 6 hour solo performance. Honouring the anniversary of his collaboration with/and the loss of Steger, Athey used the static, martyred image of his body, suffering on a rack. The audience were allowed to take the role of Steger and anoint Athey’s body in grease. As in “The Trojan Whore”, the body was enhanced; tortured, but not vulnerable. Invaded by hooks, bat and rack, his skin was bronzed and shining, genitals inflated to grotesque size with medical saline.

For “Perpetual Wound”,  2007,  Athey worked in collaboration with a younger artist, Dominic Johnson, and focused on this trans-generational relationship mythologically, characterizing Sophocles’ pairing of Philoctetes and Neoptolemus. Philoctetes (Athey), in exile for possessing a stinking weeping wound that would not heal, was seduced by Neoptolemus (Johnson) into returning to battle and directions to receive healing. This reality comes to fruition during the start of a dance, wherein a sheet of glass on a stand is used as a prophylaxis, protecting the younger man from the shared wound.

Sporting Heads – An Exhibition

A photographic exhibition of LGBT sportspeople who have recently “come out of the closet” and announced their sexuality.

This exhibition celebrates the increasing visibility of LGBT people in sport.  The exhibition will feature, amongst others, Tom Daley, Billie Jean King, Justin Fashanu, Matthew Micham, and Gareth Thomas.  The exhibition will also feature a roll of honour and an online instagram or tumblr blogs site for newly identified sportspeople who are attending or participating in the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games.

TUE 1 JULY – 21 NOV 2014
FREE:  Daily 9am-5pm
Rose & Grants Cafe
27-29 Trongate,
Glasgow G1 5EZ
0141 553 0501

Curated by the Glasgay! Festival with support from the Glasgow 2014 & Celebrate Fund 2014

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The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a national celebration. Culture 2014 will showcase dance, theatre, music, visual arts, comedy and much more in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games, with Festival 2014 transforming the Host City at Games time.  The Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.

This exhibition celebrates the visibility of LGBT sportspeople.  The following video is a similar new campaign by Youtube “Proud To Play”