Surge Festival 2019

Scotland’s leading developer of street arts, Surge, presents a superb line up of weird and wonderful street theatre acts, unleashed on the public throughout the merchant city festival weekend.



SURGE runs projects to develop street arts, physical theatre and circus in Scotland. We work with artists, performance companies and educators at all levels of experience. This year’s annual SURGE festival brings new Scottish work and cutting edge international performances to the streets of Glasgow,bringing them to life in ways never seen before.

When

STELI

StalkerTeatro

12:15 – 13:00 and 14:15 – 15:00

SAT 27/07 and SUN 28/07

TRANSFIGURED

Oceanallover

13:15 – 14:15

SAT 27/07 and SUN 28/07

THE MENAGERIE

Bureau Of Silly Ideas

12:00 - 15:00

SAT 27/07 and SUN 28/07

MUSE

Micro-molecular Unseen Sensory Emanations

13:00 - 16:00

SAT 27/07 and SUN 28/07

13:00 – 13:30 and 15:00 - 15:30

SAT 27/07 and SUN 28/07

13:30 – 14:00 and 15:30 – 16:00

SAT 27/07 and SUN 28/07

12:00 – 12:30 and 14:15 – 14:45

SAT 27/07 ONLY

DOCTOR! DOCTOR!!

Safety-catch Theatre

(12:00 Preshow) then 12:45-13:30 and 15:00 – 16:00

SAT 27/07 and SUN 28/07

12:30 – 13:00 and 14:45 – 15:15

SAT 27/07 and SUN 28/07

Where

What

Steli

StalkerTeatro

12:15–13:00 and 14:15–15:00

Sat 27/07 and Sun 28/07
location: CANDLERIGGS

COME TOGETHER IN THIS FUN, LIVELY EVENT WHERE YOU CREATE A HUGE STRUCTURE MADE OUT OF WOODEN STICKS.


Beautiful Bones


Once the hard work is done, you can explore your creation by walking under, around and through it! A bridge between contemporary art and performance, Steli is a stunning, interactive and colourful performance.

Steli is the result of an educational and performative project called Reaction, created in collaboration with the Education Department of Castello di Rivoli – Contemporary Art Museum.

Transfigured

Oceanallover

13:15 – 14:15

Sat 27/07 and Sun 28/07
location: BRUNSWICK STREET

AN EXPERIMENT IN STORYTELLING, AUGURY, DANCE AND MUSIC.


Game's a bogey


Transfigured is a sounding together of all things, a diapason, a cacophony of understanding. Performers and audience step across the threshold of knowledge, step out into the world together. In the year 2002 a pack of cards was thrown from a car window and over a hedge. The pack burst open in the air and the cards were scattered across the landscape. Some of the cards landed faceup. The hand dealt on that day has moved out and forwards into this moment. They have become manifest. They have something to say.

The Menagerie

Bureau Of Silly Ideas

12:00 - 15:00

Sat 27/07 and Sun 28/07
location: WALKABOUT

LOOK OUT THE STREET FURNITURE MENAGERIE IS ABOUT!


Bug n'buzz


Keep your eyes peeled, the streets may not be what they seem! Bureau Of Silly Ideas are out and about with their street furniture menagerie. If you spot them make sure to be nice to them, mayhem could ensue. Always remember street furniture have feelings too!

Micro-molecular Unseen Sensory Emanations (MUSE) Research Phase #1

13:00 – 16:00

Sat 27/07 and Sun 28/07
location: HUTCHESON / GARTH STEET

WARNING! LATENT INSPIRATION HAS BEEN LOCATED, RISK OF GENIUS IMMINENT!


Game's a bogey


The United Nations Board Of Significant Inspiration (UNBOSI) have registered untapped inspiration in the Glasgow ether. Our scientists are beginning their explorations into the obscure reports and sporadic readings of MUSE we’ve received. This is an opportunity for you to learn about UNBOSI’s work and why we believe Glasgow is a hotbed of creative genius. Come meet the team, see the science in action, log your ‘lightbulb’ moments and help Glasgow get on the map as a site of significant inspiration!

The Traddies

13:00 – 13:30 and 15:00 - 15:30

Sat 27/07 and Sun 28/07
location: HUTCHESON/WILSON STREET

SWIRLING COSTUMES AND STOMPING FEET BRING YOU DISCO-FOLK


Ramshacklicious


The Traddies is an outdoor performance that blurs the lines between Traditional and Contemporary dance and music. The strawboys embody the essence of social traditions craic and banter; and entertain the masses that come to see them.

The Traddies embody the raucous behaviour at traditional celebrations that we Scots, Irish, English and Welsh hold so dear to our cultural identity and social gathering where we enjoy the ‘craic’, ‘hup’ and ‘bants’.

A pop-up work with loud music, straw costumes, stomping feet and some shiny disco clothes, The Traddies answer three very important questions: What happens when straw meets glitter? What happens when folk crashes into discothèque? What the folk is going on?

TEMPLE OF THE TATTIE

13:30 – 14:00 and 15:30 – 16:00

Sat 27/07 and Sun 28/07
location: HUTCHESON/WILSON STREET

AN ABSURDIST IMAGINING OF POST A-CROP-ALYPTIC NEAR FUTURE


Hand//Shake


The gods left this place some time ago,
Weary of our fractious fighting
All we have now is trade and agriculture
Food, a precious commodity
We turn to it's elusive magic for guidance

The Temple of the Tattie imagines one of this island's possible near futures: post Brexit, post a-crop-alypse.

Dutifully protected by Guardian, the temple's cordons open twice daily for you, the ever hopeful population, to cleanse your soles and show respect to the last known relic from an agriculturally diverse era, our last dear deity, the stalwart Tattie

Surge Youth Theatre

12:00 – 12:30 and 14:15 – 14:45

*Sat 27/07 ONLY*
location: WALKABOUT

SURGE YOUTH THEATRE TAKE TO GLASGOW’S MERCHANT CITY IN A RIOTOUS NEW STREET THEATRE ACT THAT ASKS WHO IS REALLY IN CHARGE OF THESE STREETS?


Flowerpot Women


Surge Youth Theatre have been working together since April to create a brand new street theatre act for Surge Festival 2019. They have been looking outwards at the world to see where young people can seek inspiration. Who can they rely on to take care of their future?

Created in partnership with Platform, Easterhouse with support from Glasgow Life.

Doctor! Doctor!!

Safetycatch Theatre

(12:00 Preshow) then 12:45-13:30 and 15:00 – 16:00

Sat 27/07 and Sun 28/07
location: BRUNSWICK STREET SOUTH / WILSON STREET

AN AMBULANCE. A FARCICAL TRIO. A MEDICAL EPIC – MID EPIDEMIC


Them Peasants


Doctor! Doctor!! The Satirical Slapstick Medical Roadshow. When a DIY surgery demonstration goes wrong, all that’s left to do is treat the audience - to an old time travelling medicine show. There is a condition spreading throughout the land. It is called The Malady. You are probably contaminated. Do not be alarmed. The last Doctor, Nurse and Paramedic left standing are here on the front line with the only equipment left. SOS Squad. Your final hope.

This show is sign-supported.

Talking to Horses

Joon Dance

12:30 – 13:00 and 14:45 – 15:15

Sat 27/07 and Sun 28/07
location: HUTCHESON / GARTH STREET

THE CREATURE IS BOTH MAN AND WOMAN. . . AND A BIT HORSE.


Mother's Ruin


Joined by a bridle bit, the way a horse is to its rider, two dancers become one creature, roving around. Occasionally they pause to disagree, each wanting to move in a different direction. They struggle, fighting to take control, then find a way to communicate and collaborate.

Supported via Articulture by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and the National Lottery.

WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS