Theatre preview: In An Alien Landscape @ the Arches, Glasgow

Published by Metro

11−13 February 2013, 7pm, £6-£9,
the Arches, Glasgow. Tel: 0141 565 1000

Tommy McHugh was a Liverpool builder who, following multiple brain haemorrhages, became a prolific artist – creating acclaimed works in a variety of media that continue to astound the medical and art worlds. He died last year.

This month, Birds of Paradise Theatre Company – in association with the Beacon – is touring a production based on Tommy’s inspiring life. In An Alien Landscape tells the story of Albie Quinn, an ordinary man whose own brush with death unleashes a torrent of creativity. Showing at the Arches for the next three nights, the play explores the continuous white noise rushing through Albie’s head as he feels compelled to paint after waking from a coma.

In An Alien Landscape is penned by Danny Start – an award-winning writer renowned for his work with charities supporting people with neurological conditions and his commitment to disability arts. Tuesday night’s performance is BSL-interpreted.

We’re all a little short on inspiration this time of year, so it’s your duty to catch this truly hilarious and uplifting piece of theatre while it’s on your doorstep.


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