Theatre preview: Into the New 2013 @ The Arches, Glasgow

Published by Metro

14-16 January, various times, Day passes £5-£7, The Arches, Glasgow. Tel: 0141 565 1000.

VIDEO: Into the New 2013 — meet the performers

So you can graze on popcorn at a cinema, sip a latté as you shuffle around an art gallery, force down some pork scratchings before a sweaty pub rock band – but what about when watching a play? As the new year holds so much mystery for all of us, it seems that the big question of 2013 so far is this: who out there is making the theatre, tastier?

The Arches is on to something. For the next three days, audiences in the Glasgow venue’s café bar will be able to feast on a scrumptious three-course meal (for just £9.95) as they take in some exciting works by Contemporary Performance Practice students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD).

This particular event, entitled Language at the Edge of Sense, is one of the charms of Into the New 2013 – a festival in which these emerging artists introduce their own pieces that challenge and explore the world through physical theatre, new writing and solo performances.

A woman who enjoys “girly” things starts to question her feministic principles (What a Fanny by Leyla Coll-O’Reilly), while two young explorers require the audience’s help to find what they’re searching for (Rosie Reid and Peter Lannon’s Lookout: The Expedition) in just two of the nine innovative shows staged here, as Scotland’s most thrilling theatrical minds express themselves in bedazzling fashion.

So come on, why not begin the year doing something original? With day passes from a fiver, this won’t bother even the most traumatised post-festive wallets.


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