DREAM//LIFE to Play The Arches, 8 Nov.
DREAM//LIFE will play The Arches on Friday 8th November | 3pm and 7pm (50 mins) | £7/£5.
"You know those moments when you are standing, staring, trying desperately to work out if you are, in fact, on the verge of waking up? Yeah, that's what's happening here."
Fresh from performances at the Cupar Arts Festival, the Southern Hebrides and a critically acclaimed run at Exeter's Bike Shed Theatre, tidy carnage are delighted to return to The Arches with dream//life - a charming yet often bittersweet glance into the dreams, memories, fantasies and stark realities of two people struggling to come to terms with some challenging changes.
Blending video, audio and object installation, spoken word, live music and physical performance, dream//life invites us to look at the gap between our remembered past and our present reality. As the short episodes unfold it becomes increasingly unclear as to whom these humorous, surprising, and introspective moments belong. Are they shared memories, an individual's fitful dream, or hopes for the future?
dream//life began its development through two invited residencies; June 2012 at Oval House, London and January 2013 at The Arches, Glasgow. Allie was invited to develop the work at both and given support in kind by the venues. Following an application for a full residency at the Bike Shed Theatre (Exeter), dream//life won a three-week run and development residency for tidy carnage at the venue. This has led to an ongoing and fruitful relationship with the Bike Shed, who continue to support the work. On returning to Scotland dream//life was performed on Colonsay (southern Hebrides) in the village hall as part of their expanding commitment to bringing the arts to this remote island. We were also invited to perform at Cupar Arts Festival and are currently in preparation for a short run at the Arches Studio (again at the invitation of The Arches arts team).
Allie Butler, director - Allie is an experienced theatre maker, specialising in physical theatre and new writing. Trained through assistantships in London (the King's Head, Royal Court and Gate Theatres) she went on to direct her own work on the London fringe. This includes work with Southwark Playhouse, Theatre 503, Battersea Arts and also community practitioner roles for Clean Break and The Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Allie works as a script reader for NTS and the Traverse and since moving back to Scotland she has directed for Arches Live, Playwright's Studio and developed work at The Arches through invitation and an ongoing relationship with the team there.
Neil John Gibson, Performer- Neil trained at East 15. Performance credits include Emperor and Galilean at the National Theatre, Billy Budd and The Flying Dutchman for English National Opera, a European tour of one act Pinter plays with Other Room Productions, Greg in Will You Miss Me at Soho Theatre. He often works for Mischief La Bas as a street performer.
Helen Cuinn, performer- Helen trained at the RSAMD (Now RSC) and has twelve years experience working across theatre. Performance credits include Cumbernauld Theatre, Blown Away (a Polka Theatre tour), Black Barn (a tidy carnage bursary at LOST), and a lead role in short film The System. She is an experienced solo performer, creating and delivering work for Glasgay! festival, The Arches, Manchester Greenroom and Coachworks in Brighton.