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/

Village Pub Theatre

VPT @ Glasgay!

BOOK-NOW_ICONWED 5 – FRI 7 NOV 2014, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)
Rose & Grants
27 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5EZ
Tel 0141 552 7575
Tickets £8 inc glass of wine/soft drink

The Village Pub Theatre bring their motley crew of playwrights, actors and directors all the way from a pub in sunny Leith to a pub in sunny Trongate to present three evenings of fresh new writing. VPT @ Glasgay will present informal evenings of script in hand performances including new works by Colin Bell and James Ley and a evening of short works from some of Scotland’s most exciting playwrights.

VPT has quietly become a significant force on the theatre scene**** The Herald on Best of Village Pub Theatre
a brand new vortex of powerful theatrical activity in Edinburgh**** The Scotsman on Best of Village Pub Theatre

Wednesday 5th November, 7.30pm
GAY FAWKES NIGHT- An evening of VPT Shorts

VPT do what they do best with an evening of short plays inspired by fireworks, bonfires, political protest and LGBT issues, all supported by home baking, beer and fireworks inspired tomfoolery.

Thursday 6th November, 7.30pm
ALISON AND PAULO, DONALD AND PATRICK, FIONA AND ANYONE
by James Ley
Three hotel rooms in Nice. Retired widow Alison and young Italian stallion Paulo play a risky game of cat and mouse. Rich expat Donald and Alison’s son Patrick confront an inter-generational gulf in opinion on mixed-status partnerships, HIV testing and the joy of sex. Alison’s daughter Fiona spins the wheel and the latest in a long line of holiday strangers steps into her world.

Friday 7th November, 7.30pm
SAMSON
by Colin Bell
Samson has converted the family butchers shop he inherited into a display of phallological specimens. He needs one final piece to complete his collection… A play about masculinity and power from Colin Bell.

https://www.facebook.com/PubTheatre

Jill Riddiford’s “Stories about people like my Mam”

Jill Riddiford will be performing in ALAN BENNETT’s A Bed Among The Lentils, as part of TALKING HEADS. This Glasgay! production will be at Mitchell Theatre for the Commonwealth Games’ Festival 2014. Book your tickets now!

What drew you to work on this production?

Hahaha! Because I was asked! But it is a privilege to have the chance to perform Talking Heads.

 What is it about Alan Bennett’s monologues and characters that you love?

Oh! Where to start. I remember when they were first broadcast – the effect they had was astonishing. I was raised in a Northern English tangle of Mams and Aunties and Great Aunties  – ordinary women who only saw themselves  represented on TV and stage as the periphery, the supporting act, the comic turn. To see themselves  as the ‘main character’ was very powerful.  Women and men  who were familiar but overlooked – that woman who died alone and nobody there to help, the bloke who still lives with his mam, a vicar’s wife embarrassing everyone with the drinking, that one there thinking she’s going to be a big star – were brought from the sidelines to the spotlight with compassion and intelligence.

How relevant are the issues that Alan Bennett raises to today’s world (i.e. care of the elderly)?

None of us have immunity from old age or sickness, and Cream Cracker under the Settee reminds us of that.  Society is only as good as the care that it takes of its most vulnerable members.

What does Alan Bennett tell us about our relationship to other people?

Love thy neighbour, I reckon.  Even thy lonely, odd, embarrassing or deluded neighbour.

Have you got a favourite family anecdote that’s similar to Alan Bennett’s view of everyday life?

I know what you are expecting here. Stories of the aunt who painted Tinkerbelle thepoodle pink. The colour-blind uncle peering at tomatoes on the allotment, unsure if they were ripe or not.  The nephew who was a terrible goalie when the boys played football in the back lanes because he wore a tutu and high heels.  But Alan Bennett’s stories are about compassion and love and respect. About the extraordinary beauty of the everyday. About that woman who, at an age when the stairs were already too much for her, uncomplainingly climbed them twenty, thirty times a day for three months to take water, a conversation, morphine, up to her dying husband. Stories about people like my Mam.