Howl[ing]

Glasgay, SMHAFF and drew taylor present
HOWL[ing]
By Drew Taylor and Julia Doogan

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the streets at dawn looking for an angry fix” – Allen Ginsberg, HOWL, 1955

HOWL[ing] is an epic poem for post referendum Scotland
Using beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s seminal piece “HOWL” as a basis…

We present a concert of words and music,
We present a concert of Yes and No
We present a concert of a changed national financial, mental and social health
We present a celebration of where we find ourselves now, and how,
…We feel about that

Written and directed by performance poet/theatre director Drew Taylor, performed by leading Scottish acting talent and accompanied by acclaimed Glasgow musicians Julia and the Doogans: HOWL[ing] is a performance constructed by old, responding to the new, reflecting the current view.

HOWL[ing] is supported by Glasgay! and the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Following the success of 44 Stories [* * * * – The Scotsman] Drew Taylor’s exploration into performance poetry in contemporary theatre continues in HOWL[ing]: collaborating with rising musical stars Julia and the Doogans [recently featured on the Lip Service soundtrack] creating a new unapologetic epic poem for the stage.

PREVIOUS PRESS:

“a thrilling mix of burlesque, cabaret and agitprop that deserves to be seen again, and soon.” * * * * Joyce Macmillan, The Scotsman, on “44 Stories” July 2014

“the on-stage quartet excel in delivering everything from poetry to polemic by way of disco-swish” Mary Brennan, The Herald on “44 Stories” July 2014

“poetic masterpiece…utterly flamboyant, brutally honest and totally endearing” * * * * *
ThreeWeeks, Edinburgh 15/08/10 on Markus Makavellian’s International Order

“His voice is raw, clever and disturbing, and we will be hearing much more of it in years to come.”
Joyce Macmillan, The Scotsman, 26/10/09 on Markus Makavellian’s International Order

“A Glittering Colossus” * * * * Metro 22/08/10

Listings information:
Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Thursday 16th October, 7.30pm, £8-£13 www.traverse.co.uk
Arches Theatre Glasgow, Tuesday 21st October, 7.30pm, £8/£10 www.thearches.co.uk
Performance last approximately 50 minutes

Editor’s Notes

DREW TAYLOR – writer/director:
Drew graduated from the RSAMD. A former performance poet Drew primarily works as a director. Drew has created performance for some of Scotland’s leading theatre and dance companies: Conflux, Untitled Projects, Glasgay!, CityMoves Aberdeen and Dance House. Centred in creating cross-art form dance and physical theatre, Drew’s recent credits include: “44 Stories” as part of the Commonwealth Games Culture Festival, “Number By Colours” [ANKUR / CCA], Associate Artist for “The Salon Project” [Untitled Projects / Traverse Theatre / Barbican / Citizens Theatre], “JAMP” at Watch This Space [National Theatre, London] and Theaterszene Europa [Studiobühne, Köln] and “8” by Dustin Lance Black [Glasgay!]. Drew is currently developing “South Cumburgh Green” with choreographer Jack Webb – a dance theatre love-letter to broken Britain.

Julia and the Doogans:
“All timid, lovely folk pop, Julia and the Doogans are as blissful and beautiful as a band can be. Ever evolving, and embracing new sounds and instruments, this collective is united by the voice of Julia Doogan – both hopeful and heartbreaking when the mood calls for it, and always welcome.”
Thomas Meek – The List

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival:
Now in its eighth year, the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival is one of Scotland’s most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature. The annual festival takes place in venues across Scotland throughout October, aiming to support the arts and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health.
http://www.mhfestival.com/

Age of Consent

Directors Charles Luum, Todd Verow.
Cast Kilker Alcaraz, Marc Angelo, Peter Tatchell.
USA, 2014, 1h28m, N/C 18+

Wed 5 Nov 8:20pm. BOOK-NOW_ICON
Glasgow Film Theatre
12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB.
Tickets £8 (conc. £6.50) | Youth Card £4.50 | Cinecard £1 off
0141 332 6535
http://www.glasgowfilm.org

A no holds barred depiction of the history of The Hoist, London’s longest-running leather bar. Features interviews with customers and campaigners such as Peter Tatchell and Brian Robinson.

Introduced by owners of Luke & Jack, followed by a post-screening discussion.

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

CRAIG HILL – GIVE HIM AN INCH…

MZA & CHiLL Productions present
CRAIG HILL – GIVE HIM AN INCH…

BOOK-NOW_ICON
SAT 25 OCT, 10pm
TRON THEATRE, MAIN THEATRE
63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB
Tickets £16 (Conc £12)
Tel 0141 552 4267
www.tron.co.uk

Strap yourself in for a Craig Hill thrill! Hot on the heels of last year’s hysterically funny, sold out national tour, don’t miss the chance to see Scotland’s favourite kilted treasure – live and unleashed. The Scotsman called Craig “PRICELESS!” and we absolutely agree! Book early for this deliciously wicked and gloriously camp evening of no-holds-barred comedy and pure, unadulterated fun. www.mrcraighill.com

“This is one Highland Fling you’ll never regret… or forget!” ★★★★½ ADELAIDE ADVERTISER

“Funny as hell”  SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

“High-octane… Irresistible… A laugh-out-loud performance from beginning to end… A cracking show!” LIST

“Class. Risqué, rib-tickling and absolutely screaming from the rafters… Absolutely hilarious!” EVENING NEWS

“A hilarious show… Brilliant!”  DAILY RECORD

“Riotously funny” INDEPENDENT

www.mrcraighill.com

PHOTOCREDIT: STEVE ULLATHORNE

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.

John Waters – This Filthy World, Vol. 2

Regular Music in association with Glasgay! presents
John Waters
This Filthy World, Vol. 2

FRI 14 NOV 2014, 7pm
O2 Academy, Glasgow
121 Eglinton St, Glasgow G5 9NT
Tickets £25.00 (stbf)
Doors 7.00pm  |  Over 18s only  |  All seated (reserved)
Special pre-sale status for Glasgay! customers Book now

This Filthy World Vol.2 is a celebration of the joyously appalling taste of America’s most notorious filmmaker – John Waters (Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Cry-Baby and Polyester), or as he is known to many – “The Pope of Trash”.  From stories of childhood and early influences through to Hollywood highlights and lowlights, Waters divulges his fascination with all that is crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and how to become famous (read: infamous). In his own words, “It’s hard to offend three generations, but it looks like I’ve succeeded.”

John Waters is a cinematic legend who has forged an unwavering path in his quest to give bad taste a good name. Don’t miss your opportunity to get down-and-dirty with John Waters, live at the O2 Academy Glasgow for one night only.

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