Everyone at Blood of The Young and Golden Arm is pretty chuffed as the dust settles on last week's GATP. It was a hectic time, for sure, as we put as many finishing touches to the show over the course of that day. But it's a high energy, ramshackle sort of affair and that spirit came through. We have a better idea what it is now, and shall tighten and tweak before some more dates in the new year.
Next week I'm working with Sam Rowe on his new piece 'Those Who Love Us' at The Glue Factory. I remember reading some jaw-dropping, deeply harrowing stuff about the Stasi a few years back. Sam's play combines a lot of research of 80s East Germany with a parallel story set in present-day Glasgow. Really interesting. Very much looking forward to this. Never been across...
Tomorrow night we introduce the Golden Arm Theatre Project to the world!
(…by way of 50 people in the Tron Theatre’s Vic Bar)
It’s been interesting finding the places between theatre and performance, because these are in some ways spoken word pieces and in other ways they’re simple storytelling. They’re drama, but with minimal staging. We’re chained to mics, and that changes your physicality too. And then integrating the music and the words, the band and the actors, has been a tasty task too.
Rehearsals have been immensely enjoyable – it’s been the first production that we’ve been rehearsing for in the new Blood of The Young space in Govan. What a view - looks out directly onto the Clyde and the Transport Museum.
Golden Arm (the band) have been generous with their material - happy to rearran...