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Roxana - 30th August - 4th September

Wife, mistress, mother, opportunist, friend. The life of Roxana and her maid Amy is as scandalous an adventure as you could find and a morality tale like no other. Bringing Daniel Defoe’s 1724 novel and its surprisingly contemporary debates on marriage, wealth, sexuality and autonomy to the stage, this is a provocative re-telling of the journey of a woman and her maid as they grapple with the world and the choices they have to make. Originally written for the stage, this version of Roxana will be a unique theatre-film hybrid experience filmed in Paisley.

 

THE REGISTRAR’S LAST ENTRY by Jack Dickson

You think you'll go first. You're relying on going first. But when the unthinkable happens and you're left alone with no-one to bitch to. How do you cope? Especially, when the Council insist on sending a carer and you do not need a carer. What you do need is a bit of attention. You need an audience. So, come and spend some time with 83 year-old Johnny MacKay, the oldest “boy” in town, as he mooches around the basement of his old Victorian house in Mansionhouse Terrace, cursing his partner Hector, former Registrar of Renfrewshire, and plotting his future – complete with ladders, energy-saving lightbulbs and the combined forces of Renfrewshire's emergency services.

Recorded at Rockvilla, National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow, March 2021.

Directed by Mary McCluskey, designed by Kenny Miller, filmed by Jamie Wardrop, produced by Outspoken Arts Scotland

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LOVELY PEAS by Lisa Nicoll

Starring Janette Foggo Running Edna has been stuck at home for the last ten years caring for her dying husband Jim. Now that he is gone, she has gone into a bit of decline. Whilst the lovely care worker pops in everyday to make her tea she cannot for the life of her remember her name. However, always a cheery coper, Edna relishes that time every night remarking on the ‘lovely peas’, the same lovely peas she has with every meal. Her memories of Jim are not so dim and here she recounts their life together, the humour, the sadness, their grown-up family long gone and uncaring who don’t visit.

Directed by Mary McCluskey, designed by Kenny Miller, filmed by Jamie Wardrop, produced by Outspoken Arts Scotland

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SOMETHING IN THE AIR by Zoe Strachan & Louise Welsh

‘I’m Sandy, fly me . . .’ Meet Sandy, thoroughly pissed off at being confined to her tenement flat after a slip on the ice. To help her pass the time, her care worker has invited her to take part in a very particular kind of reminiscence project. Sandy reflects on the highs and lows of a sexually adventurous life spent as a British Caledonian girl, flying all around the world from her home in Paisley. But now that she’s vulnerable, will she be forced to go back in the closet?

Directed by Mary McCluskey, designed by Kenny Miller, filmed by Jamie Wardrop, produced by Outspoken Arts Scotland

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Artist in Lockdown - Ornamental by Kick the Door

Kick the door presents Ornamental, short new musical, exploring relationships and how we reconcile the past to move forward with our future. 

A couple navigate the fragility of their relationship when one partner refuses to throw out a memento of a past relationship 

 

Artist in Lockdown: Unexpected Item 

UNEXPECTED ITEM is a short performance film by three Scottish artists. Performance/dance artist and creator Suzi Cunningham, Performer and theatre-maker Dylan Read and Experimental vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Bell Lungs.

A bewildered meeting. An unusual encounter. Disruption to business-as-usual.

UNEXPECTED ITEM deals with themes of connection and resistance, and celebrates latent energy through humour, physical commitment and subversion.

 

Going In | Going Out

For audio only please visit http://bit.ly/GoingIn-GoingOut-Audio GOING IN | GOING OUT is an audio performance for the radio and a shared dance across many households. Streamed or downloaded and played through speakers, this performance invites listeners to participate from their own homes and be gently guided through relaxation and movement. Using field recordings, words and original music to immerse the listener in sound and quiet the clutter of everyday life; listeners are invited to take a moment to pause, to connect with their bodies and memories and to move with others in a shared moment in time. GOING IN | GOING OUT contemplates the body as a site for memory and bodies as a shared site for choreography across time and place.

Audience Instructions/Access Information:

To experience this performance:

Press play or follow the link to Sound Cloud

  1. Find a comfortable place in your home or residence to begin from
  2. Press PLAY and adjust the volume
  3. Dedicate the next 30 mins to connecting with your body, surroundings and memories to a soundtrack of original music, field recordings and spoken invitations.

This audio performance is for audiences who are at home or indoors. It can be experienced seated, lying down or as an invitation for movement.

Creative Team & Credits

Conceived and Created by Laura Fisher, Original Music by Sonia Killmann, Sound Design by Sonia Killmann, Narration by Laura Fisher, Produced with support from Future Paisley and Renfrewshire Leisure

 

Drowning Series

Drowning is a series of short audio plays exploring computational control and digital power.

Hidden behind ones and zeros, a digital revolution is creating an automated society where our lives are increasingly guided by computer algorithms. These mathematical formulas supply us 24/7 with a smooth reality; filtering our Internet searches, matching us with partners through online dating, making stock market transactions, mapping our movements to offer the quickest route, diagnosing our illnesses, predicting our desires while searching for signs of suspicious behaviour. But what happens when the systems we depend on begin to rule our lives?

Supported by Curve Theatre, Birmingham University and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Written by Amanda Fromell, the series was recorded between 2017 and 2018 at Leicester Curve Theatre and was presented in festivals in London, Leicester and Dundee as part of an immersive installation. Featuring: Kirsty Marie Ayers, Katie Burchett, Shea Hall, Tina Harris, Craig Henry, Jenny Hibberd, Alex Lloyd, Drew McKenzie, Sarah Northgraves, Edward Spence, and Sue Whyte 

Going Out | Going In

GOING OUT | GOING IN is an audio performance for headphones and a solo journey through an urban landscape. From an audio track downloaded to a smartphone, the performance asks the listener to put on headphones and take a journey through their local area. With gentle, spoken instructions and an original soundtrack of ambient music, the listener is invited to slow down, observe the streets and buildings around them and be guided by their curiosity on a journey through their city or town.

GOING OUT | GOING IN contemplates the built environments we inhabit and the ways they move us. Audience

Instructions/Information: To best experience this performance:

1. Download or stream this audio track to your smartphone or mp3 device

2. Put on headphones or earphones and adjust the volume

3. Press PLAY and take a journey through your local area to a soundtrack of original music and spoken invitations.

This performance is suitable for individuals who are comfortable moving around outside for 40mins+ Creative Team & Credits Conceived and Created by Laura Fisher Original Music by Sonia Killmann Sound Design by Sonia Killmann Narration by Laura Fisher Produced with support from Future Paisley and Renfrewshire Leisure

 

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