10th April 2018
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Outside Eyes is twice-yearly curated scratch night, presenting a selection of brand new ideas from theatre-makers and live artists to an audience keen to see the boldest new performance Glasgow has to offer.
Our Spring 2018 artists are:
Ross Whyte presenting Canto
Jordan & Skinner presenting A History of the Fragile Male Ego
Rosa Postlethwaite presenting Composed
The Mayne Event presenting Everyone Keeps Broken Pens
Canto - Ross Whyte
Canto is a work for electronic music and spoken word. The work-in-progress is built around a variety of cant languages (i.e. a jargon often employed to exclude or mislead people outside a group or sub-culture) including polari, pig latin, thieves’ cant, and back slang. In addition, the song features non-lexical vocables (nonsense syllables) from several different cultures (Gaelic, English and South Indian). ‘Canto’ is a heavily-coded song but one that, nevertheless, intends to express meaning.
Ross Whyte is a Glasgow-based composer and sound artist. His compositional output often includes collaborations with artists of disciplines different from his own, including dance, theatre, film and web design. Since early 2016 he has worked as one half of the Gaelic ambient electronica duo, WHYTE with singer-songwriter Alasdair Whyte. Their audio-visual stage show, Fairich: Live was selected for the Made in Scotland Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.
A History of the Fragile Male Ego - Jordan & Skinner
A History of the Fragile Male Ego is a quest through time and space to free the great males of their own downfall - their fragile ego. Through drag, clown and mime we meet Poseidon, Henry VIII, Captain Kirk, Mel Gibson and others as they get upset, behave badly and try to bravely overthrow the great power of the ego and change history for good. “I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none” – Macbeth. Performed by Melanie Jordan, directed by Caitlin Skinner
Jordan & Skinner are a physical theatre company making visually led, dynamic performance which incorporates elements of clown, dance and a not so subtle feminist agenda. Productions include Sanitise, (Fringe First Award Winner 2014) a one-woman show about our tortured relationship to filth and At A Stretch, (Three Weeks Editors’ Award Winner 2017) an LGBTQIA+ love story for anyone over the age of 6.
Composed - Rosa Postlethwaite
Composed examines the role of the master of ceremonies – a figure that guides the audience before, between, or after the acts. Rosa uses the MC to consider the relationship between a spokesman (sic) and their institution. This project of self-reflection and industry critique deals with apologetic addresses, revved-up entrepreneurial spiel and whether or not you’re asking for it. Through subversive humour, it plays with what happens when the composition cracks.
Rosa Postlethwaite plays with lectures, tannoy announcements and wine tasting events and shifts them to shake up the way things are. Her work, on the boundary of theatre and live art, is self-reflexive, biting and funny. Recently, Rosa collaborated with Hannah Walker on An Evening with Savvy B, a multimedia theatre work which toured regionally in 2016. She is currently working as a dramaturg on Fawn by Lizzie J Klotz. She produces and hosts PUG performance club night.
Everyone Keeps Broken Pens - The Mayne Event
“Taskmaster is a slave driver. Enough is never enough. And then there's wannabe. Wannabe wants everything, and she wants it now. But there's also Imelda. I'm not sure why Imelda's there. She makes apathy look so tempting, like melt-in-the-mouth chocolate fondue.” Inspired by The Inspirational Network’s Fail Forward Movement, Everyone Keeps Broken Pens is a solo show about learning to navigate sabotaging thoughts, told through character comedy, spoken word, multi-rolling and clowning.
The Mayne Event (aka Kate Mayne) is a performer, theatre maker and workshop facilitator based in Glasgow. She trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre and Kingston University London, and has toured internationally. Directors and theatre companies Kate has worked with include Sally Cookson, John Retallack, Kenny Wax Ltd, Bristol Old Vic, The Wardrobe Ensemble, Company of Angels and The Barbican London.