Festival preview: Outskirts @
Platform, Glasgow

Published by Metro

20 April 2013, 3.30pm - 10pm,
£7.50-£10 (w/ transport links),
£12.50-£15 (w/ transport links and food),
Tel: 0141 276 9696 www.platform-online.co.uk

If you thought the closest you’d ever get to the east of Glasgow was the Barras market, where you bought that cheap bike five years ago, then I’m afraid you’re mistaken.

Taking place at arts centre Platform in the city’s Easterhouse suburb is a mini-festival that is Outskirts in name, place and theme. The event, now in its second year, celebrates works that lie in-between the conventional artistic pigeon-holes of music, literature, theatre and visuals.

Among the highlights on the bill is Xana Marwick’s interactive piece You Suffer, But Why?, which – inspired by a 1.3-second song by death-metal group Napalm Death – offers audience members the chance to direct a 1.3-second film starring the artist herself.

“It’s all very playful and light-hearted, but I find it interesting how people engage with the set and props they're provided with on different levels,” said Marwick.

Then there’s Greg Sinclair’s Sonata for a Man and a Boy – the story of a cello lesson that becomes an adventure involving music, conversation and movement.

“My show fuses sound and physical theatre to create a hybrid art form, making it a perfect fit for Outskirts,” he said. “And I’m very proud to be staging it at Platform for the first time.”

Helping to make up an international presence at the festival is avant-garde composer and performer Jaap Blonk, whose appearance as fictional professor Dr Voxoid merges voice and live electronics.

The list goes on. Easterhouse will be radiating talent from home and abroad this Saturday, so you might not need to bring your hat and scarf with you – just an open mind.


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