Surge Festival 2018

Street theatre descends on the Merchant City with a line up of superbly singular acts.

Scotland’s leading developer of street arts, Surge, presents a line up of extraordinary and memorable street theatre acts, let loose on the public throughout the Merchant City Festival weekend.

When

Beautiful Bones
Love Music Productions and Surge feat. Metropolitan Brass Band
SAT 11/08 and SUN 12/08
15.00-15.45
SAT 11/08 and SUN 12/08
13.30-14.10 & 16.00-16.40
Bug 'n' Buzz
Concordance
SAT 11/08 and SUN 12/08
14.30-15.00 & 17.00-17.30
(or indoors 12.30 & 16.30 if wet - check www.surge.scot for updates)
SAT 11/08 and SUN 12/08
12.30-13.20 & 16.15-17.05
SAT 11/08 and SUN 12/08
13.45-14.45 & 16.30-17.30
HAND//SHAKE
Katie Armstrong and Lucy Ireland
SAT 11/08 and SUN 12/08
13.30-13.45 & 16.00-16.15
Born
Ramblers Teatro
SAT 11/08 and SUN 12/08
12.30-13.00 & 15.00-15.30
SAT 11/08 and SUN 12/08
13.15-13.50 & 15.46-16.20
Mother's Ruin
Pigsticks Productions
SAT 11/08 and SUN 12/08
14.00-14.40 & 16.30-17.10
Pitch
Surge
FRI 10/08
20.00 (Doors 19.30)
SAT 11/08
20.00 (Doors 19.30)

Where?

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What

Beautiful Bones

Love Music Productions and Surge feat. Metropolitan Brass Band

SATURDAY 11.08 and SUNDAY 12.08

15.00-15.45
location: ROAMING AND BRUNSWICK STREET (SOUTH END)

A COLOSSAL THEATRICAL AND MUSICAL PANDEMONIUM ABOUT DEATH!


Beautiful Bones


Beautiful Bones is about death, the inescapable and final act of being alive. The west is spectacularly disinterested in death, especially our own. The rituals that surround death are left to others while we look away, pretending it is not for us.

Beautiful Bones pays honour to human passing with irreverence and black humour – greeting death as a friend to be made welcome. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse spread their doom until confronted by a massed trombone orchestra and a street party the likes of which have never been seen on the streets of Glasgow.

Big Rory and Ochie the Dog

Surreal McCoy

SATURDAY 11.08 and SUNDAY 12.08

13.30-14.10 & 16.00-16.40
location: ROAMING

A GLEEFUL GIANT SCOTSMAN AND HIS RASCAL OF A DOG.


Game's a bogey


Big Rory and Ochie the Dog are no ordinary street theatre act. A giant Scotsman and his endearing giant dog explode onto an audience. Enormous in both size and character, people (and dogs) fall in love with Ochie and can’t help cuddling the rascally huge pup, who is full of surprises.

Bug n’ Buzz

Concordance

SATURDAY 11.08 and SUNDAY 12.08

14.30-15.00 & 17.00-17.30
(or indoors if wet, 12.30 & 16.30. Check www.surge.scot for updates)
location: OUTSIDE METROPOLITAN BAR, CANDLERIGGS

A MUSIC AND DANCE ACT WHERE EVERYTHING IS AN INSTRUMENT AND TIME AND SPACE ARE DISTORTED!


Bug n'buzz


Bug n’ Buzz make up new rules, break all the codes and grasp the unexpected. Their ability to turn everything into an instrument and perform the most unique dance brings you along in a sensitive and collective experience, which distorts space and time.

Music on Cycles

LaDinamo

SATURDAY 11.08 and SUNDAY 12.08

12.30-13.20 & 16.15-17.05
location: ROAMING

LADINAMO IS FUNK ON THE MOVE - MUSIC ON CYCLES. A UNIQUE BAND ON WHEELS.


Game's a bogey


Catalonia’s funkiest band on bikes! LaDinamo is Funk on the Move – Music on Cycles. A truly unique band on wheels, determined to break the mould of more traditional street bands and take their funk to the streets in a wheely kind of way.

LaDinamo performs a high-voltage moving concert and generates a frenetic street party wherever it goes to the rhythm of Funk, Groove and Acid Jazz. LaDinamo will be travelling all over the Merchant City, catch them where you can and get your funk on!

The band at the end of the world!

Ramshaklicious

SATURDAY 11.08 and SUNDAY 12.08

13.45-14.45 & 16.30-17.30
location: ROAMING AND BRUNSWICK STREET (SOUTH END)

RAUCOUS, BRASS HEAVY, MUSICAL CHAOS, PERFORMED FROM AN APOCALYPTIC BATTLE-CHURCH.


Ramshacklicious


Arriving in a cloud of raucous brass heavy music, driving their home made, water spurting, flaming and smoking battle-church. Dressed in punk marching band attire & existing within their very own miniature apocalyptic microclimate.

These idiots are convinced that the inventible end of the world is upon us, maybe today, maybe right here, maybe right now!

HAND//SHAKE

Katie Armstrong and Lucy Ireland

SATURDAY 11.08 and SUNDAY 12.08

13.30-13.45 & 16.00-16.15
location: HUTCHESON STREET

HAND//SHAKE IS A MOVEMENT SKETCH, MANIFESTING AS A MEETING BETWEEN TWO CHARACTERS.


Hand//Shake


HAND//SHAKE and HAND//SHAKE (b) are two movement sketches of geographically and intellectually accessible dance. The work resonates themes of openness, awkwardness and competitiveness. Choreographed by Katie Armstrong and danced by Katie Armstrong and Lucy Ireland. Developed with support from Surge and Creative Scotland.

Born

Ramblers Teatro

SATURDAY 11.08 and SUNDAY 12.08

12.30-13.00 & 15.00-15.30
location: HUTCHESON STREET

A JOURNEY INTO THE MYSTICAL HEART OF MAYAN CULTURE.


Flowerpot Women


A poetic performance transport viewers playfully into a Pre-Hispanic Mayan world, where people are born from corn and where Jaguar Gods roam the ancient lands of Yucatan.

Through movement, masks, marionettes and music, Ramblers Teatro create dream-like imagery to explore Mayan origins and folklore. The tale follows K'iin, son of the goddess Ixchel, whose life journey takes him through jungles, pueblos and cenotes to realise his destiny and protect his homeland. Developed with Surge as part of our Street Theatre Bursary Programme for Surge Festival.

Definitely, maybe not Oasis

Biff and Cooper

SATURDAY 11.08 and SUNDAY 12.08

13.15-13.50 & 15.45-16.20
location: ROAMING

A MADFERRIT NOSTALGIA-SODDEN GIG OF A LIFETIME...


Them Peasants


Ah! The 90’s! The Union Jacked-up days of Cool Britannia! A time when Britpop - not Brexit - was the nation’s greatest export and ‘strong and stable’ made way for hope. Is it all a bit of a Blur? Then meet The Gallaghers; the mono-browed lairy laddish embodiment of sticky pub floor Britain.

Come sing-along as they furiously swagger their way down roads that are awinding to a simpler time and the gig of the 20th century. Look Back In Anger? You must be madferrit! Developed with Surge as part of our Street Theatre Bursary Programme for Surge Festival.

Mother’s Ruin

Pigsticks Productions

SATURDAY 11.08 and SUNDAY 12.08

14.00-14.40 & 16.30-17.10
location: ROAMING

SAY HELLO TO BABY, IF YOU DARE. MOTHER WON’T MIND.


Mother's Ruin


Baby needs fed. Baby needs changed. Baby needs to play. Feed Baby if you dare. Mother won’t mind. The most demonic, obnoxious, mischievous baby is having a day out and he smells trouble brewing.

Mother’s Ruin is a giant puppet manifestation of the epitome of mother and child. Serene Mother and demonic Baby will be causing havoc in the Merchant City. Developed with Surge as part of our Street Theatre Bursary Programme for Surge Festival.

Clown Cabaret

SATURDAY 11.08

20:00 (Doors 19.30)
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

FRIDAY 10.08

20:00 (Doors 19.30)
location: DRYGATE BREWERY - 85 DRYGATE

INNOVATIVE PHYSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE


Pitch @ Surge


An international and astounding line up of established and over-excitable performers showcasing innovative physical theatre, comedy, dance and high drama.

WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS