Surge Festival 2017

SURGE Festival bedlam hits the streets of the Merchant City in a hurly-burly of gloriously quixotic performances.

Scotland’s leading developer of street art, Surge, presents a bounty of outlandish and spectacular street theatre, unleashed on the public throughout the Merchant City Festival weekend.

When

3D Pavement art
Urban Canvas
WED 26/07 to SAT 29/07
All day
FRI 28/07
20.00 - 22.00
Game’s a bogey
Loop Theatre
SAT 29/07 and SUNDAY 30/07
12:30 & 14:15
2D Pavement art
Urban Canvas
SUNDAY 30/07
12:30 - 17:00
SAT 29/07
12:30 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 14:30
SUN 30/07
12:30 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 14:30
SAT 29/07
13:30 – 14:30
SUN 30/07
13:30 – 14:30
The Spurting Man
Avanti Display
SAT 29/07
13:00 – 13:30 & 16:00 – 16:30
SUN 30/07
13:00 – 13:30 & 16:00 – 16:30
SUN 30/07
13:00-13:30 & 14:30-15:00
SAT 29/07
13:30-14:30 & 16:00-17:00
SUN 30/07
15:00-15:30 & 16:00-17:00
SAT 29/07
15:00-15:30
SUN 30/07
15:00-15:30
SAT 29/07
15:00-15:30 & 16:30-17:00
SUN 30/07
15:00-15:30 & 16:30-17:00
Dance Wi’ the De'il
Diane Thornton
SAT 29/07
15:30-16:00 & 16:30-17:00
SUN 30/07
15:30-16:00 & 16:30-17:00
SAT 29/07
15:30-16:00 & 16:30 - 17:00
SUN 30/07
15:30-16:00 & 16:30-17:00
SAT 29/07
20:00 - 22:00

Where

What

Bodies in Urban Spaces

SATURDAY 29.07.2017

13:30 – 14:30

SUNDAY 30.07.2017

13:30 – 14:30
location: WALKABOUT - START POINT ROYAL EXCHANGE SQUARE, OUTSIDE GOMA

AUSTRIAN ARTIST CIE WILLI DORNER SQUEEZES HUMAN BODIES INTO NOOKS AND CRANNIES



Urban Bodies

Dancers, climbers, performers and martial artists recruited to work with Willi’s team will run through the streets and cram themselves into doorways, alcoves, around lamp posts and into any gap they can find in public buildings.

Bodies in Urban Spaces points to the urban functional structure uncovering the restricted movement possibilities, behaviour and limitations. The interventions provoke a thinking process and produce irritation, but the real goal is that residents reflect their urban surrounding and rethink their own movement, behaviour and habits.

Bodies in Urban Spaces invites festival-goers to re-discover the city through this temporarily intervention, that leaves no traces behind but imprints in the eye-witnesses’ memory.

Game’s a Bogey

Loop Theatre

SATURDAY 29.07.2017

12:30-13.15 and 14:15-15.00

SUNDAY 30.07.2017

12:30-13.15 and 14:15-15.00
location: WALKABOUT - START POINT CANDLERIGGS

AN EXCITING, INTERACTIVE AND BOUNDARY-PUSHING PERFORMANCE, USING THE MOST CLASSIC OF GAME TOOLS – THE DICE AS INSPIRATION.


Game's a bogey

This exciting, interactive and boundary-pushing performance will use games as stimulus, drawing performers and audience into an unknown world.

Using the most classic of game tools – the dice – the audience determines the direction of the play, resulting in a performance of unbridled play with a motif that is accessible and recognisable for all. The performance will involve 6 stations, through which an usher will guide players. The audience will be invited to participate in the game by carrying out everyday tasks, which lead to epic challenges.

2D Pavement art

Urban Canvas

SUNDAY 30.07.2017

12:30-17:00
location: BRUNSWICK STREET

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP DESIGNED TO INVOLVE PEOPLE IN CREATIVE PLAY USING CHALKS, PASTELS AND TEMPORARY PAINTS.


Game's a bogey

Urban Street-Painting Also known as screening or chalking art: Take part in creating massive works of floor art designs with lots of people; using poster paints, artist chalks & pastels.

3D Pavement art

Urban Canvas

THURSDAY 27.07.2017 - SATURDAY 29.07.2017

10 - 5
location: HUTCHESON STREET

3D PIECE OF ANAMORPHIC PAVEMENT ART CREATED IN CHALKS, PASTELS AND TEMPORARY PAINTS.


Game's a bogey

LIVE Anamorphic pavement art, also known as 3D Pavement art! Using nothing more than chalks and artists pigment: Watch us as we create a unique piece of mind-boggling illusionary art; you simply will not believe what your eyes are telling you, as the work magically rises from the pavement; you can watch this gravity defying masterpiece evolve over four days

Dance Wi’ the Deil

Diane Thornton

SATURDAY 29/07/2017

15:30-16:00 & 16:30-17:00

SUNDAY 30.07.2017

14:00-14:30, 15:30-16:00 & 16:30-17:00
location: WALKABOUT - START POINT CANDLERIGGS

LOSE YOURSELF ON THE DANCEFLOOR IN AN INTIMATE THEATRICAL ENCOUNTER


Game's a bogey

An intimate theatrical encounter between a performer and members of the public. The de'il roams the streets seeking dance partners’ souls before the sun sets. It might seem that accepting a dance wi’ the de'il is fraught with danger but you will be rewarded with a unique partner dance created just for you, evoking memories of times when you lost yourself on the dance floor. Are ye dancin’? Dare to say yes and dance like everyone’s watching.

Devised and performed by Diane Thornton. Designer/Maker: Fergus Dunnet. Dance: Ruth Mills.

The Spurting Man

Avanti Display

SATURDAY 29/07/2017

13:00 – 13:30 & 16:00 – 16:30

SUNDAY 30.07.2017

13:00 – 13:30 & 16:00 – 16:30
location: HUTCHESON STREET

“THE SPURTING MAN” CASCADES FOUNTAINS OF WATER FROM HIS BODY


Game's a bogey

The show dissects the unequal relationship between the famous specialty performer, ‘The Spurting Man’, and his downtrodden assistant. Performed to Ravel’s Bolero with no text this show is meticulous to character and detail.

The pompous “Spurting Man” shows his tricks whilst his assistant, dominated and undervalued, is given no credit for the role he plays. The assistant despises his master. The master ignores the assistant. The bizarre and unequal relationship lays the basis for a series of comic interactions.

Each trick the “Spurting Man” performs culminates in a display of squirting water until, finally crowned and, on top of his pedestal, the grand finale takes place and “The Spurting Man” cascades fountains of water from his body.

Flowerpot Women

Izzie Major & Dora Colquhoun

SATURDAY 29/07/2017

15:00-15:50

SUNDAY 30.07.2017

15:00-15:50
location: GRAYFRIARS GARDENS

A DARK COMEDY SET OUTDOORS IN A HIDDEN GARDEN LOCATION


Flowerpot Women

Described by audiences as “Beckett in the Suburbs” and “French and Saunders on acid”, Flowerpot Women is a darkly comedic theatre piece set outdoors in a hidden garden location. A story of estrangement and pretence, audiences follow the long-weathered friendship of two women and their ill-fated attempts to govern their wayward garden.

With guest appearances from Willy the scarecrow (praised for his strong and stoic performance) and imaginary harmonies from the renowned chrysanthemum choir, this extraordinary happening sees Eddie and Garland invite members of The Outside into their world for a first and final time.

Flowerpot Women was created for Hope Street Ltd's 'On the Verge' festival in Liverpool. (Aged 8+)

Them Peasants

Surge

SATURDAY 29/07/2017

12:30-13:00 & 14:00-14:30

SUNDAY 30.07.2017

12:30-13:00 & 14:00-14:30
location: WALKABOUT - START POINT CANDLERIGGS

THREE UNSIGHTLY SOULS EMERGE FROM THE DISEASE RIDDEN GRIND OF LIFE IN 1500S TO MAKE A STAND FOR PEASANTS EVERYWHERE


Them Peasants

Three unsightly souls have emerged from the difficult and disease ridden daily grind of life in 1500s to make a stand for peasants everywhere. They may be smelly, uneducated and have shockingly low average life span but they can be artists too and they are here to share their stories with you.

Their repertoire includes The Real Macbeth (the version Shakespeare doesn’t want you to see), The Story of the Swede (a delightful ditty of farming, harvesting and more farming) and Saddle Up the Horses, a game the whole family can play (when they are not working, which is never).

Overseasoned

Ricefield Arts Centre / Surge

SATURDAY 29/07/2017

15:00-15:30 & 16:30-17:00

SUNDAY 30.07.2017

15:00-15:30 & 16:30-17:00
location: WALKABOUT - START POINT CANDLERIGGS

A GANG OF CHEFS WILL SPRINKLE A TOUCH OF FORTUNE ON YOUR DAY... OR NOT


Ricefield

A brand new walkabout street theatre piece created and performed by Ricefield Chinese Art and Cultural Centre in conjunction with SURGE, involving Glasgow’s Chinese and multi ethnic communities, using original character creation, movement and improvisation and costume design.

The Dirty Laundry Campaign

SATURDAY 29/07/2017

12:30-13:00 & 14:30-15:00

SUNDAY 30.07.2017

5:00-15:30 & 16:30-17:00
location: WILSON/HUTCHESON STREET

TWO ABSURD POLITICIANS AIRING DIRTY LAUNDRY! WHO GETS YOUR VOTE?


Dirty Laundry

Forget rhetoric and oratorical skills. These two politicians prefer to use slaps, dance offs, and fighting with bubbles to get their points across. If that doesn't work a good, old-fashioned smear campaign could do the trick. Standing on their soapbox, proclaiming their plans for the future, and bringing the audience along for the ride to get involved in the shenanigans; these two want your vote. And they plan to get it through airing their dirty laundry in a ridiculous display of one-upmanship, in suits and ties.

Werewomen

SUNDAY 30/07/2017

13:00-13:30 & 14:30-15:00

location: WALKABOUT - START POINT CANDLERIGGS

THREE WOMEN FALL VICTIM TO A TERRIBLE CURSE! BEWARE THE WEREWOMEN!


Werewomen

Three women, the kind of women who don't normally appear as protagonists of stories, fall victim to a terrible curse. The audience will see the metamorphosis take place, as the women transform into Werewomen. The Alpha, Beta and Omega Wolf-Clown women will prowl the city streets in search of prey.

This slapstick-filled performance will turn the traditional fairytale on its head. What does the Curse of the Werewolf bring out in these women and what does it bring out in Clowns?

Loyal Liars

SATURDAY 29/07/2017

15:30-16:00 & 16:30-17:00

SUNDAY 30/07/2017

15:30-16:00 & 16:30-17:00

location: WILSON/HUTCHESON STREET

A MAGIC SHOW OF DANGER, DYNAMIC CHARACTERS, DECEPTION AND DELIGHT


Loyal Liars

Magic Dave presents ‘Magic Dave’s Mystifyingly Mesmerising Marvellous Magic Show’… also Average Jack will be there. Starring Magic Dave - the self-proclaimed most marvellous magician in the world. He intends to astound you through magic, charm, wit and deception, performing incredible illusions, spectacular spectacles, and mind-blowing mentalism. His apprentice Average Jack - the constant thorn in the paw of this regal lion of magic. Will do his best to assist Magic Dave but will inevitably steal the show and your heart.

Come behold the brilliance and buffoonery of The Loyal Liars as they blend fact and fiction before your very mind.

Where the F**k is Debenhams?

SATURDAY 29/07/2017

13:00-14:00 & 16:00-17:00

SUNDAY 30/07/2017

13:00-14:00 & 16:00-17:00

location: WALKABOUT - START POINT CANDLERIGGS

THE PERILS OF INTERMINABLE SHOPPING, WITH TONY CAIRNS


Where the fuck is Debenhams?

‘What better way
Than to spend the day
Happily whiling the hours away…
Shopping.’
- William Wordsworth

I’ve been on-line, got my price check app, the train’s at six and we got here late. Let’s go! Seriously though, where the f**k is Debenhams?

Clown Cabaret

SATURDAY 29/07/2017

20:00-22:00
location: DRYGATE BREWERY - 85 DRYGATE

A DELIGHTFULLY DELIRIOUS EVENING WITH SOME OF SCOTLAND’S FINEST CLOWNS


Clown Cabaret

A delightfully delirious evening with some of Scotland’s finest clowns. Allow them to test their funny upon your frown and launch you into the world of theatre clown! We have handpicked some Clown Cabaret favourites all looking for the place a clown loves best, to be in front of an audience. Join us to marvel in their mayhem and bask in their brilliance.

Clown Cabaret is the lovechild of Plutôt La Vie, Clownstepping and Melanie Jordan

Pitch at SURGE

FRIDAY 28/07/2017

20:00-22:00
location: DRYGATE BREWERY - 85 DRYGATE

AN ASTOUNDING LINE UP OF ESTABLISHED AND OVER-EXCITABLE PERFORMERS SHOWCASING INNOVATIVE PHYSICAL THEATRE, COMEDY, DANCE, DRAG AND HIGH DRAMA


Pitch @ Surge

A night like no other, Surge invite you to Pitch Cabaret at Drygate. With an international and astounding line up of established and over-excitable performers showcasing innovative physical theatre, comedy, dance, drag and high drama. Featuring the only Gingzilla, Cocoloco, Chrissie Ardill, Josh Glanc, Mele Broomes, Steve Vertigo and the Flowerpot Women.

Hosted by Swamp Lake, two reptiles without a cause.

Also a pop-up barber shop with Barber Gabriel on site at Drygate Brewery.

WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS