The first ever weekend festival from the Workers Theatre, Scotland’s new arts co-operative, features the most exciting new theatre, comedy, spoken word, music and strangeness from Scotland and further afield. With children’s events and evening entertainment, social breakfasts and community workshops, games and plays, the weekender has something for everyone and welcome all. Book ahead now for discount tickets!
All events at the Glad Cafe, Glasgow, unless otherwise stated.
All venues have step-free access and wheelchair-accessible toilets. As this event is unfunded, we have not been able to arrange BSL interpretation or captioning for events, but are committed to doing so whenever we receive public funds.
5pm: Fat Kid Running by Katherine McMahon, spoken word theatre about radical body love.
7pm: Workers Theatre Cabaret, featuring Jenny Lindsay, Calum Rodger, Declan Welsh and more.
11am: Eaten by Mamoru Iriguchi. A family show about talking to our food. (Venue TBC)
1-4pm: Forum Theatre Workshop, Active Enquiry. A participatory session looking at transformative political theatre. (Venue: Govanhill Baths.)
5pm: Forum Theatre Performance, Active Enquiry
7pm: MEGAPHONE: Two works in progress from our Kickstarter-funded artists-in-residence
9pm: Workers Theatre Cabaret, featuring Lewish Sherlock, Beth Frieden and more.
11am: Brunch Social in a secret location near the Glad Café, all weekender ticket-holders, artists and Megaphone supporters welcome.
3pm: Panel discussion on the politics of Scottish theatre, details TBC.
5pm: A secret and special theatre show, to be announced very soon.
7pm: MEGAPHONE: Two works in progress from our Kickstarter-funded artists-in-residence
9pm: Farewell toast from the Workers Theatre team
Fat Kid Running by Katherine McMahon
What does it take to be at home in a body? How do you have fun moving in a world of body shaming and fat burning? Join Katherine McMahon as she takes you cross country on her journey from the fat kid skiving PE lessons, to a fat, fierce, feminist runner. This is not an inspiring before-and-after picture. It won’t make you thinner, or faster. It is a sometimes moving, sometimes funny, always honest exploration of the complicated business of being in a body.
Katherine McMahon is a regular performer on the Edinburgh spoken word scene, and has been rapidly gaining notice over the last few years for her moving, humorous, yet always radical verse. Her debut collection,Treasure In The History of Things, was published by Stewed Rhubarb Press in 2012, and she has been a feature performer at many spoken word events in Scotland, including Rally & Broad at most recently at StAnza Poetry Festival, 2017. Fat Kid Running is her debut spoken word show.
Jenny regularly performs all over Scotland and beyond with a blend of dry humour, social-commentary and story-telling. She has been variously described as “a distinctive voice, full of fire and passion,” (Scottish Review of Books), as writing “poems of confidence and substance,” (Poetry Scotland) and as “full of hope, humanity and humour.” (Andrew Eaton-Lewis,The Scotsman). She was the ‘Rally’ of acclaimed literary cabaret Rally & Broad (2012 – 2016) and was the BBC Slam Champion in 2012. Her 2015 debut solo show Ire & Salt which explored power, artistic autonomy and empowerment, received a 4-star review from The Scotsman, with Gutter Magazine saying “Lindsay’s approach is defiant – belligerent even – taking to the stage as if staging a coup…Her coup is real: for a politically-rooted self-expression that many would doubtless prefer mute.”
Jenny is the director of Flint & Pitch Productions, which specialise in curating spoken word, music and theatre events across Scotland. For more info see http://www.flintandpitch.com
Calum Rodger is a poet and researcher based in Glasgow, working in performance, print, film and digital media. His work explores Scottish culture and literary traditions with a healthy dose of humour and irreverence. He performs widely throughout Scotland including shows at the National Museum of Scotland, BBC@Potterrow and TEDxGlasgow, runs occasional live poetry night The Verse Hearse, teaches at the University of Glasgow and is poetry reviews editor at Gutter magazine. His chapbooks Know Yr Stuff: Poems on Hedonism and Glasgow Flourishes are published by Tapsalteerie. You can find more of his work at http://www.calumrodger.co.uk.
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Juana Adcock is a poet and translator working in English and Spanish. Her poems and translations have appeared in publications such as Magma Poetry, Shearsman, Gutter, Glasgow Review of Books, Asymptote and Words Without Borders. Her first book, Manca, explores the anatomy of violence in Mexico and was named by Reforma‘s distinguished critic Sergio González Rodríguez as one of the best poetry books published in 2014.
Eaten by Mamoru Iriguchi
11am Saturday 10th, Venue TBC, ages 6+, work-in-progress, 30-40min.
What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel the lion. He’s just eaten a human called Mamoru for lunch. Being very hungry, Lionel hasn’t chewed his food, so Mamoru is still alive and very well in his stomach, and now wants to say hello. A strange friendship between the eater and the eaten starts to grow. Meanwhile, Lionel’s breakfast wants to say hello… from his bottom!
‘Eaten’ invites children and grown-ups to the fascinating world of the food web. What should we eat? And who should eat us?!
Originally trained as a zoologist, then as a theatre designer, Mamoru is a performance maker, based in Edinburgh. Mamoru’s performances works are rooted in his knowledge and experience of theatre design as well as broad interests in 2D and 3D, liveness and pre-recorded-ness, gender and sexuality, fairytales and theories of evolution.
Saturday 10th, 1-4pm (Govanhill Baths) and 5pm (Glad Cafe).
Active Enquiry are an arts company based in Leith, Edinburgh committed to creating exciting new theatre and arts projects with and for communities. They are particularly interested in the work of Augusto Boal and the Theatre of the Oppressed. Active Inquiry enables grassroots communities to make and use excellent theatre as a catalyst to uncover and challenge injustice. They believe in a Scotland in which grassroots communities engage with the arts and the democratic process, contribute to change which is both necessary and possible, and build a more just society.
Active Enquiry will be runnin g a workshop on creating and participating in Forum Theatre, an approach to participatory performance for radical change, and also giving us a forum theatre performance. for you to take part in.w
The Workers Theatre crowdfunded £12,500 earlier this year to provide residencies for Scottish Artists of Colour, and our weekender will showcase the first works in progress from the residenciees.
The residents are:
- Mara Menzies, whose storytelling performance will explore African mythology and women’s experience. http://www.maramenzies.co.uk
- Bibi June Schwithal, whose piece will explore five generations of their family, stretching from Indonesia to Holland to Glasgow.
- Hannah Lavery, with a spoken word show looking at her own identity and the colonial experience. http://www.hannahlavery.com
- Lucas Kao, with an audiovisual and dance performance about Taiwanese identity. cplkao.myportfolio.com
Lewis Sherlock is a Physical Theatre Practitioner working professionally in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He has been involved in a number of productions including: “Biding Time (remix)” UK wide Tour and Fringe show directed by Ben Harrison of Grid Iron; Oceanallover’s “Polleniser” and “Unlooking” Outdoor Performances. He has assistant Directed with Conflux, Facilitated with Scottish Opera and Directed small scale ensemble shows and solo works such as ‘The Throne Drone’. Throughout last year he has completed “Embodied Theatre” training, and is currently developing his own experimental practice is based on the foundations of clown, bouffon, butoh, street arts and play in movement.
Beth Frieden is an actor and theatre artist who works in English and Scottish Gaelic in a variety of contexts, from Shakespeare and contemporary drama to site specific performances and circus. She has performed in Scotland, the USA and Canada. She is currently serving as Education and Outreach Drama Facilitator for Theatre Gu Leòr, a contemporary Gaelic theatre company in Glasgow. She studied at Whitman College, American Conservatory Theatre and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.