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REVIEW: Stuntman – Platform, Easterhouse

Billed as “a new performance for anyone who has ever enjoyed a violent action movie (but felt a little bit weird about it).” Superfan’s Stuntman is a thoroughly engaging little gem of a mixed-discipline production. A musing on the relationship between young men and violence and how consumption of on-screen violence impacts on everyday life.

To the strains of an 80s action movie soundtrack, on an almost boxing ring-like stage, the actors (and their BSL interpreter Iain Hodgetts) draw the audience right into the heart of the story.

The action goes from intensely physical; an out-and-out child-like glee at re-enacting stunt scenes from action movies with their posturing and protracted death scenes, to heart-felt personal storytelling and beautifully synchronised choreographed sequences.

The production greatly benefits from the duet at its centre. Sadiq Ali and David Banks are critical to the success of the piece, managing to be both tough and tender in equal measure, a tenderness that belies their muscular exteriors (indeed Banks, covered in bruises bears the physical scars of his efforts). The magnetic duo’s intensity and commitment to the performance is arresting and engaging.

On the surface fun and silly, it has much greater depth, and the framing of the bigger issues in this dynamic way means it is delivered with a (thoughtful) punch. A small but perfectly formed piece of theatre.

Image: Brian Hartley

NEWS: Tramway announces autumn season

Tramway returns this Autumn with a vibrant, diverse, and dynamic programme from renowned international artists, experimental performers closer to home from the theatre and dance worlds, and a spectacular exhibition programme. Performances promise something for everyone, from dance and experimental theatre fans, to art lovers, families, and the local community, on their streets.

There’s an ambitious international strand across programming. The venue is hugely excited to bring renowned French artist and set designer Phillipe Quesne to Glasgow with Farm Fatale (7 October); a magical post-human parable featuring five scarecrows, and offering a deeply topical ecological message in poetic form.

Meanwhile, Australian artists Club Ate present a colossal artwork, IN MUVA WE TRUST, which will be projected onto Tramway’s façade from The Hidden Gardens on Friday 28 October, presented as part of an evening experience which also includes a live DJ set, and Cade and MacAskill’s highly acclaimed The Making of Pinocchio, which will be performed on both 28 and 29 October. The Glasgow-based duo can expect a warm homecoming for this true tale of love and transition told through the story of Pinocchio.

The season is packed with exhilarating performance moments, including UTOPIAN (T&Cs apply) by Symoné (Saturday 24 September). Described as a surrealistic circus, and a queer-positive experience ‘inspired by raves and power play’, it also promises – according to one delighted reviewer, ‘a buzzing club atmosphere, amazing visuals and exceptional circus skills.’

The international strand is picked up again in Tramway’s main gallery, with a solo exhibition by Polish artist Iza Tarasewicz. She utilizes raw materials and rural systems of production to create complex spatial installations that draw connections between cellular, social, agricultural, and celestial interactions. Polish dancer and choreographer Pawel Sakowicz will present a new work responding to the forms and rhythms of the exhibition, in the gallery at its preview on the evening of 7 October (and again on Saturday 22 October, and Saturday 5 November).

Ahead of this, Tramway is delighted to present a new exhibition of work by the Glasgow artist Norman Gilbert (1926-2019) who lived and worked in Glasgow’s southside for over sixty years, painting intimate, domestic scenes of his wife Pat, their four children and an extended family of friends and neighbours.

Gilbert’s vibrant and formally diverse paintings are characterised by bold, inventive colour palettes and flat areas of vivid pattern which sit next to one another in exuberant combinations. Along with his paintings, the exhibition includes black and white studies, as well as textiles, objects, and ephemera from the artist’s studio. His exhibition previews on Friday 2 September.

Pagrav Dance Company will kick off the performance season and continue the Tramway Beyond Walls strand on Saturday 3 September, with a free people-pleasing show devised by Urja Desai Thakore and Hetain Patel: Deva, performed outside the southside’s Langside Hall, playfully challenges myths and expectations of the South Asian body through Indian dance.

Expect more outdoors fun from procession performance STRUT Kids by MHz (Wednesday 5 October) while back indoors Tramway favourites Barrowland Ballet will entertain across the generations with a programme of live and filmed dance performances created within the local community (5 and 6 November).

More shows to look out for include the Artist Voice showcase (Saturday 19 November) from Project X Dance, champions of platforming Artists of Colour; and White and Givan’s exquisite dance performance Worn (Friday 11 November), which explores how the body is affected by the experiences, marks and scars that make us.

Jenny Crowe, Tramway Senior Manager, said: “We’re excited to present an ambitious Autumn and Winter programme featuring the very best international and homegrown artists across dance, performance and visual art. Our Tramway Beyond Walls programme continues with Deva, and the dazzling STRUT Kids, taking performance direct to local audiences, whilst our exhibition programme includes Iza Tarasewicz’s mesmerising large-scale installations and Norman Gilbert’s paintings providing an intimate snapshot of Glaswegian family life.”

September – November 2022 at Tramway and across Glasgow. Visit tramway.org for booking information.

 

(PART OF TRAMWAY BEYOND WALLS)

Najma Hussein Abukar – Conversations about Art and Exile

Outdoor sites across the Southside of Glasgow

29 August – 25 September 2022

FREE

An outdoor photographic exhibition investigating the experiences of Scotland-based artists in ‘exile,’  recounting their lived experiences and aspirations.

 

 

(PART OF TRAMWAY BEYOND WALLS)

Pagrav Dance Company – DEVA

Outside Langside Halls, Shawlands

Saturday 3 September

Performances at 12 noon and 2pm

FREE
ALL ages

 

Symoné presented by Scissor Kick – UTOPIAN (ts & cs apply)

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 24 September

7.30pm

£8/6

Ages 16+

(PART OF TRAMWAY BEYOND WALLS)

MHz – STRUT KIDS
Outdoor performances across Southside streets
Wednesday 5 Oct, times and routes to be announced
FREE
Outdoor dance procession STRUT returns to Glasgow this autumn, and this time it’s the kids’ turn to
strut their stuff and show us their moves, as theatre makers MHz work with local schools.

 

Philippe Quesne – Farm Fatale

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 7 October, 7pm

£12/9

Ages 12+

 

Pawel Sakowicz (live performance)

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 7 October, Saturday 22 and Saturday 5 November, various times

FREE

 

Cade and MacAskill – The Making of Pinocchio

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October, 7.30pm

£10/7*

Ages 16+

A true tale of love and transition told through the story of Pinocchio – and a theatrical and cinematic spectacular.

 

Club Ate – IN MUVA WE TRUST

Tramway (The Hidden Gardens), 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 28 October, from 9.30pm

£3/2*

Ages 12+

*Discounted double bill tickets are available for The Making of Pinocchio and IN MUVA WE TRUST (28 October only) £11/8

 

Barrowland Ballet presents

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 5 November, 7pm

Sunday 6 November, 3pm

£3
ALL ages

 

White and Givan – Worn

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Friday 11 November, 7.30pm

£8/6

Ages 12+

 

Project X Dance – Artist Voice 2022

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 19 November, 7pm

£5/3

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

Norman Gilbert

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 3 September 2022 to Sunday 5 February 2023

Preview 2 September

A major retrospective of the Glasgow South Side artist Norman Gilbert (1926-2019).

 

Iza Tarasewicz

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Saturday 8 October 2022 to Sunday 29 January 2023

Preview 7 October (including live performance by Pawel Sakowicz)

The first solo show in Britain for the renowned Polish artist traces her own agricultural origins

 

 

NEWS: TRON ANNOUNCE LA PERFORMANCE – A BRITISH COUNCIL-FUNDED COLLAB WITH INTERNATIONAL VISUAL THEATRE, PARIS

Following Tron Theatre’s extremely encouraging Spring-Summer 2022 season, they have announced the first Tron Theatre Company production of the Autumn season – an extraordinary piece of devised visual theatre entitled La Performance.

In a British Council-funded international collaboration, Andy Arnold will create and direct this new work inspired by the poetic realism of classic French cinema, with theatre-maker and actor Ramesh Meyyappan, celebrated deaf performer and director of the International Visual Theatre, Emmanuelle Laborit, alongside composer and performer Ross Whyte.

Two actors, Her and Him rehearse backstage for a performance. When the curtain goes up, a clown and the woman the clown adores, perform the rehearsed routines. But things go wrong. They argue. Who is it arguing though? Her and Him or their characters?

Says Andy of the show: ‘IVT- International Visual Theatre, Paris first came onto my radar after working with Tron Associate, Ramesh Meyyappan on his show Off Kilter and to now be able to devise a piece of entirely visual work with him and Emmanuelle has been a very exciting experience. Taking our inspiration from classic French cinema of the 1940s, with its emotional intensity and combination of comedy and tragedy, we hope that La Performance will draw audiences deeply into the story of a complicated and doomed relationship. Expressive, extraordinarily beautiful and painfully real at the same time, it will be our homage to that French cinematic genre as well as a rare insight backstage, both before and after a theatre performance, where the atmosphere is heavy with nervous tension.’

Incorporating innovative sound and lighting design, La Performance will be wholly without dialogue, making it accessible to both hearing and non-hearing audiences. Examining the opposition between life and art, and the depth of human emotion, expressed in visual storytelling, it will be a unique, cross-cultural collaboration.

La Performance will open at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow on the 12th October and run until the 22nd October.  It will then transfer to the International Visual Theatre in Paris, where it will run from 8th – 20th November.

Tickets for the Tron Theatre run of La Performance are available to book online at tron.co.uk, by telephone on 0141 552 4267, text phone 18001 0141 552 4267 or in person at the Box Office.

Image: Vincent Quenot

WHAT’S ON: Pitlochry Festival Theatre Autumn 2022 line up

Pitlochry Festival Theatre has announced a diverse programme for their Autumn season.

ENOUGH OF HIM

WRITTEN BY: May Sumbwanyambe

DIRECTED BY: Orla O’Loughlin

PRODUCTION COMPANY: A National Theatre of Scotland and Pitlochry Festival Theatre co-production.

PERFORMANCE DATES:  20-29 October then touring till 19 November. Touring till 19 November

VENUE: Studio, Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Based on a true story, Enough of Him, explores the life of Joseph Knight, an African man enslaved by plantation owner Sir John Wedderburn and brought to Scotland to serve in his Perthshire mansion. In a first-time collaboration between the National Theatre of Scotland and Pitlochry Festival Theatre May Sumbwanyambe’s historical domestic drama, directed by Orla O’Loughlin opens in Pitlochry before touring Scotland in October and November 2022.

Highly favoured by Wedderburn and yet still enslaved, Joseph Knight balances on the knife edge between obligation and a soul-deep yearning for freedom. He forges a bond with Annie, a young Scottish servant working in the household, and the two of them fall in love.

But the walls of Ballindean do not keep secrets — their affair unsettles Lady Wedderburn, whose bitter loneliness is only deepened by the close bond her husband has with Knight. Joseph will endure bondage no longer. What happens when Joseph’s dreams clash with those of the man who owns him? What becomes of us all when past brutalities bleed into our present realities?

Enough of Him is a thrilling exploration of power and its attendant tensions: between those who are enslaved and those who are free, servants and masters, and husbands and wives.

SHIRLEY VALENTINE

WRITTEN BY: Willy Russell

DIRECTED BY Elizabeth Newman

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Pitlochry Festival Theatre

PERFORMANCE DATES: 13-29 October

VENUE: Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Shirley Valentine is a celebration of women, freedom and what it means to find yourself again. We meet Shirley, a bored, middle-aged wife and mother, when she’s contemplating what has happened to her youth, feeling stagnant and in a rut. Her children are all grown up and she frequently talks to the wall in her kitchen while preparing her husband’s regular evening meal of egg and chips. When her best friend offers to pay for a trip for two to Greece, she packs her bags, leaves a note on the cupboard door in the kitchen, and heads off for a fortnight of rest and relaxation. In Greece, she meets Costas, rediscovers herself, finds happiness, and everything she has been missing.  She realises that there is more to life than the dull, mundane existence she leads back home.  So now, Shirley has a big decision to make.

PETER PAN AND WENDY

WRITTEN BY: Janys Chambers (North & South, Pitlochry Festival Theatre), adapted from the novel by J.M.Barrie

DIRECTED BY Ben Occhipinti

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Pitlochry Festival Theatre

DATES: 18 November – 23 December

VENUE: Main House, Pitlochry Festival Theatre

A new adaptation by Janys Chambers of J.M. Barrie’s magical story about a boy who can fly and doesn’t want to grow up. One starry night, bedtime stories come alive for Wendy Darling and her younger brothers John and Michael when they meet Peter Pan and Tinkerbell and fly with them to Neverland – ‘second star to the right and straight on till morning’.  They find themselves on a thrilling adventure far from home where they make friends with the Lost Boys, meet the evil pirate Captain Hook and his motley crew, and encounter a very noisy crocodile.

 

Title image: Julias Cardew

WHAT’S ON: James IV – Queen of the Fight at the Theatre Royal

Scotland, 1504, seen fresh through the eyes of new arrivals Ellen and Anne, two Moorish women who were expected to take their place at a royal court…. but not this one. Both women now have to fight to find and keep a place in the dazzling, dangerous world of the Scottish Court of James IV. It’s a world where war is never far away, words of love and promises of peace are not what they seem and where poets might turn out to be more dangerous than any assassin.

Blythe Duff (Taggart, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Daniel Cahill (All My Sons for Dundee Rep and River City for BBC) are returning to the James Plays following their roles in James I, II and III, and are joined by Danielle Jam (Them! For NTS, Molly and Mack for BBC) as Ellen, and Laura Lovemore (Queen of the New Year for BBC and Life is a Dream for The Lyceum) as Anne.

Employing the same wit and theatricality of the first three James Plays, acclaimed playwright Rona Munro takes you back to a thrilling and uncharted period of Scottish history in this brand-new production.

Theatre Royal Glasgow

Tue 11 Oct – Sat 15 Oct 2022

WHAT’S ON: Chichester Festival Theatre’s landmark production of South Pacific comes to Glasgow

Julian Ovenden and Gina Beck reprise their roles from the Chichester Festival Theatre production and lead a sensational cast of over thirty including Rob HouchenJoanna Ampil and Sera Maehara. Featuring a full orchestra, this ravishing musical is set to be the must-see theatrical event of the year.

Boasting one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most memorable scores, this much-loved Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical features songs such as Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and Bali Ha’i.

Music by Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan

Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener.

Live at:

Theatre Royal Glasgow

Tue 4 Oct – Sat 8 Oct 2022

WHAT’S ON: SCOTTISH PREMIERE AND FIRST FULLY-STAGED UK PRODUCTION OF GROUNDBREAKING OPERA AINADAMAR TAKES PLACE THIS OCTOBER

On 29 October, the Scottish premiere and first fully-staged UK production of Ainadamar takes place at Theatre Royal Glasgow, before transferring to Festival Theatre Edinburgh in November.

Ainadamar, (the Spanish pronunciation of the Arabic name ‘Ayn al-dam’, meaning ‘The Fountain of Tears’), by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov and acclaimed American librettist David Henry Hwang, explores the life and work of playwright and poet Federico García Lorcawhose anti-fascist stance and open homosexuality led to his death in 1936 at the hands of Franco’s Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War.

Combining opera with flamenco dance and song, this new co-production with Opera Ventures (Breaking the Waves 2019 and Greek 2017), Detroit Opera, The Metropolitan Opera and Welsh National Opera, is directed by Olivier Award-winning choreographer and director Deborah Colker and designed by Jon Bausor. Known for her intensely physical dance work with Cirque du Soleil and the 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony, as well as her own Companhia de Danca, Deborah is making her much-anticipated opera directorial debut.

Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts the internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey in the role of Lorca. The story, which reimagines the political drama of the early 20th century, centres around Lorca, his muse Margarita Xirgu, sung by Lauren Fagan, and her student Nuria, sung by Julieth Lozano.

Director Deborah Colker said: ‘I believe I do like challenges. After so many creations, I find myself facing my first opera ever, and this fascinates and challenges me. Quoting the composer Richard Wagner, opera is the total art work.

Ainadamar is about love, freedom, friendship and death. Reflecting the intense Spanish spirit, the characters journey through memory, delirium and reality. I felt committed to Lorca’s poetry and to the idea of consecrating his history. Through the music created by Golijov, fulfilled with the Spanish spirit, I brought the soul and vitality of flamenco.

‘The relevance and contemporaneity of Lorca’s poetry is impressive. Lorca lingers through the centuries: born in the 19th century, dying in the 20th century and influencing us with his poetry in the 21st century. Ainadamar shows through its characters that the poetry and the struggle will perpetuate through time.’

Composer Osvaldo Golijov said: ‘I loved witnessing Deborah Colker’s gestation of this thrilling new production of Ainadamar. Her vision, together with Stuart Stratford’s kinship with Deep Song (cante jondo, traditional Andalusian music), the musical roots of Ainadamar, have revealed to me new dimensions in the opera.’

Those who wish to discover more about how the production was created can attend Ainadamar Pre-show Talks, which delve into the detail of the opera. Tickets are free but should be booked in advance. Audience members with a visual impairment can enjoy the full opera experience at Audio-described performances, which have a live commentary describing the action on stage without compromising the music. There are also free Touch Tours of the set, and a live audio introduction before the start of the performance.

WHAT’S ON: BOLD GIRLS RETURNS TO CUMBERNAULD

Rona Munro’s celebrated play Bold Girls is returning to Cumbernauld in a newly-imagined staging, more than 30 years after the acclaimed original production by the legendary 7:84 company opened there in 1990.

The play is being produced in-house at Cumbernauld Theatre Trust’s new home at Lanternhouse, a state-of-the-art performing arts centre based at Cumbernauld Community Campus.

It’s 1991 in West Belfast. Despite the bombs, the soldiers, and their husbands being either locked away or killed, Marie, Cassie, and Nora are determined to get on with their lives. That is, until a mysterious young woman turns up on Marie’s doorstep, disrupting their girls’ night out and bringing devastating revelations that threaten to leave their friendships changed forever. Sharply funny, moving, yet never shying from the harsh realities of life during the Troubles, Bold Girls is a celebration of women’s strength under siege.

This new production is being directed by Michael Duke, former Tinderbox Theatre Company (Belfast) Artistic Director, who is originally from County Down, and currently based in Glasgow. It will star Pauline Goldsmith, Katya Searle, Julie Martis, and Leigh Lothian.

Listings

Saturday 24 Sept – 19:30pm

Tuesday 27 Sept – 13:00, 19:30pm

Wednesday 28 Sept – 13:00 (sold out), 19:30

Thursday, 29 Sept – 13:00, 19:30 – BSL/AD

Friday 30 Sept – 10:00, 19:30

Saturday 1 Oct -14:30, 19:30

All weekday performances are school matinees.

Running time: 2 hours (approximate)

WHAT’S ON: ANDY MCGREGOR’S CROCODILE ROCK AND A NEW LIFE – BOTH AT THE TRON THIS MONTH

Sleeping Warrior Theatre Company in association with Beacon Arts Centre and Cumbernauld Theatre at Lanternhouse have announced the 2022 tour of Crocodile Rock and A New Life
 
Both shows are written by Andy McGregor, the creator of the critically acclaimed SPUDS, and designed by Kenny Miller with lighting by Grant Anderson. The cast for both shows includes Stephen ArdenKim Shepherd and Simon Donaldson. Performing Musical Director is Andy Manning
 
Crocodile Rock
It’s 1997, it’s Millport and Steven McPhail is bored. He’s 17 and it’s now time to work out what to do with the rest of his life. The problem is, there’s only so many options when you find yourself stuck on a Scottish island.
 
Everything changes when a chance encounter with a glorious drag queen shows Steven a world he never knew existed. A one-man musical featuring original music, Crocodile Rock is a story about finding yourself, understanding others and being true to those you love.
A New Life
Robbie and Jess are living the life.
 
He’s a successful computer programmer and she is on her way to being a headteacher. Until totally out of the blue, Jess discovers she is pregnant.
They’ll be fine. It’s just a baby. I mean…how disruptive to their metropolitan, 21st century lives can that be?
They. Have. No. Idea.
 
A heartfelt, surreal and truthful musical comedy that may or may not feature a tap-dancing baby…!
 
Crocodile Rock and A New Life are touring to Greenock, Glasgow, Falkirk, Bathgate, Stirling, Kilmarnock, Largs, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Aberdeen.
 
TOURING TO:

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock 
Sat 24 Sep | A New Life | 2.30pm 
£12/£10 | 01475 723 723 | beaconartscentre.co.uk
 
Sat 24 Sep | Crocodile Rock | 7.30pm 
£12/£10 | 01475 723 723 | beaconartscentre.co.uk
 
Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Wed 28 Sep | Crocodile Rock | 7:30pm 
£19/£16/£14.50 0141 552 4267 | tron.co.uk
 
Thu 29 Sep | A New Life  | 7.30pm
£19/£16/£14.50 0141 552 4267 | tron.co.uk
 
Fri 30 Sep | Crocodile Rock | 7.30pm
£19/£16/£14.50 | 0141 552 4267 | tron.co.uk
 
Sat 1 Oct | Crocodile Rock | 2.30pm
£19/£16/£14.50 | 0141 552 4267 | tron.co.uk
 
Sat 1 Oct | A New Life | 7.30pm
£19/£16/£14.50 | 0141 552 4267 | tron.co.uk
 
Reconnect Regal Theatre, Bathgate 
Sun 2 Oct | Crocodile Rock | 7.30pm 
£12/£10 | 01506 639 000 | reconnectregaltheatre.com
 
Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling 
Sat 8 Oct | Crocodile Rock | 7.30pm
£15.50/£13.50 | 01786 466 666 | macrobertartscentre.org
 
FTH Theatre, Falkirk
Sun 9 Oct | A New Life | 7pm
£15 (includes a drink and a pie) | 01324 506 850 | falkirkleisureandculture.org
 
CentreStage, Kilmarnock 
Sat 15 Oct | A New Life | 2pm 
£12/£10 | 01563 551 505 | centrestagemt.org.uk
 
Sat 15 Oct | Crocodile Rock | 7pm 
£12/£10 | 01563 551 505 | centrestagemt.org.uk
discount applies when booking both shows
 
Barrfields Theatre, Largs
Thu 20 Oct | Crocodile Rock | 7.30pm 
£15/£12 | 01475 689 777 | ticketsource.co.uk/barrfields
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 
Tue 25 Oct | Crocodile Rock | 7.30pm 
£15/£12/£10/£5 | 0131 228 1404 | traverse.co.uk
 
Wed 26 Oct | A New Life | 7.30pm 
£15/£12/£10/£5 | 0131 228 1404 | traverse.co.uk
 
Byre Theatre, St Andrews 
Thu 27 Oct | A New Life | 6.30pm
£15/£12/£10 (pay what you decide) | 01334 475 000 | byretheatre.com
 
Lemon Tree, Aberdeen 
Fri 4 Nov | Crocodile Rock | 7pm 
£13.20 | 01224 641 122 | aberdeenperformingarts.com
 
Sat 5 Nov | A New Life | 7pm
£13.20 | 01224 641 122 | aberdeenperformingarts.com
discount applies when booking both shows

WHAT’S ON: SUPERFAN explores the physical as they take new production Stuntman on tour this Autumn

SUPERFAN are touring Scotland this Autumn with their new production of Stuntman, an
explosive physical performance by two men exploring the relationships between violence and masculinity through stunts and satire. Taking inspiration from classic and contemporary action movies such as Die Hard and John Wick to create high-octane and sometimes ridiculous fight scenes, Stuntman examines the impact that having action-hero role models has on men and boys.

He says they made my hands into bombs.

I’m waiting for him to say ‘you don’t have to do this, it’s ok. You don’t have to do this.’
Instead he says, ‘Jump on the spot. You’re shaking. We can’t let them see that you’re shaking.’

A striking, film set-inspired design by Rachel O’Neill, with sound by Richy Carey and lights from Michaella Fee, will immerse the audience in the excitement of the heightened, cartoonish fights and draw us into the performers’ personal stories of their experience with violence and aggression. With hard-hitting and entertaining theatrics, performers David Banks and Sadiq Ali introduce an up-close and personal look into their lives in an intensely physical, funny, and tender duet from men who wrestle with their relationship to violence – both onscreen and off.

Set in traverse, the audience are front and centre of the action; an intimate yet explosive duo performance juxtaposes the anger, rage, and hype that men can feel on the brink of a fight with the calm softness and tenderness of not wishing to be violent. Exploring both the heightened expectations and gentleness in human nature and masculinity, Stuntman provides the grey area and internal battle presented.

Adrenalin, tension and laugh-out-loud moments allows the audience to consider the themes of this work while watching an entertaining piece of highly physical theatre, taking away some food for thought around their relationship to violence in the media and how it influences our lives. Fusing the Pow! Biff! and Wallop! of over-the-top stunt fights with personal stories of real encounters with violence from the performers’ lives, Stuntman is for anyone who has ever enjoyed a violent action movie (but maybe felt a bit weird about it).

Director Pete Lannon says, “I’m really excited for audiences to see this new version of the show, after our 2020 tour being cancelled. The themes at the heart of it, of the complicated and painful relationships men have with violence, feel like they’ve only become more relevant in the last couple of years. I hope that we can invite people to think about it from a slightly different perspective, and also have some fun – there’s a lot of joyful silliness in the show too.”

Stuntman
Dates:
Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th September Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road,
Glasgow, G34 9JW
https://www.platform-online.co.uk

Sunday 2nd October Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay,
Greenock, PA15 1HJ
https://www.beaconartscentre.co.uk

 

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