(Search Party Growing Old With You. Image by Finlay Robertson)
From 5pm every afternoon Forest Fringe will once again have the kind of brilliantly diverse line-up of works-in-progress and unusual performances that people have come to know over the last few years. We’re delighted with this year’s group of artists – some who we’ve worked with before but many others we haven’t, but all of whom make things in a brilliantly unique and fascinating way.
If there’s any theme running through all of this work it is perhaps, like the whole festival, one of reflection. Whether it’s Polarbear reflecting on where he’s from, or Dylan Tighe and Kieran Hurley reflecting on where they’re going, Search Party thinking about growing old together, or Tinned Fingers thinking about falling in love, everyone seems to be looking again at our everyday experience of the world.
Maybe at a time of irresistible globalisation, of epic international crises broadcast on 24 hour news, we need to begin here – by thinking about the politics and the meaning embedded in how we live our own lives day by day; in how we understand our relationship to each other and to the world around us.
Chip – Glas(s) Performance
Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 August
This is a show about fathers and daughters that stems from the real life experience of Jess Thorpe and Tim Thorpe. ‘Fabulously life-affirming and beautifully-structured’ **** The Scotsman
Journey to the End of the Night – Dylan Tighe
Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 August (with a special show on Sunday 15)
A solo performance based on Dylan Tighe’s personal diary written on the Trans-Mongolian Express from Beijing to Moscow, spanning five time zones and two continents.
Hitch – Kieran Hurley
Monday 9 – Friday 13 August
Kieran Hurley recounts his journey across Europe to the G8 summit protests in this intimate and uplifting one-man show, with live music from Over The Wall.
Two Trillion – Fish & Game
Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 August
There are many creatures in this world, and I am one trillion of them.
Glasgow’s Fish & Game take it right back for this new performance – back to basics, back to nature, and all the way back down to the trillions of cells that make up their bodies – real old skool.
Never Park Your Body in a Wadi (Working Title) – Tom, John & Len Frankland
Wednesday 11, Thursday 12, Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 August
A show created by three generations of the same family about being a man, the twentieth century, fathers and sons and cowboys and indians...
Return – Polarbear
Wedesnday 11 – Friday 13 August
Return tells the story of Noah, a man trying to figure out where he fits. Convinced he had to leave home in order to make his mark, Noah returns to find a world where a lot of things seem the same but nothing actually is.
Doris Day can Fuck Off – Greg McLaren
Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 August
Greg McLaren has been singing in the street. Where he would talk, he has sang. This has resulted in many hilarious encounters. But it has also resulted in a feeling of isolation and rejection. The problem with singing is that it is too heady a means of communication when buying stamps or a bun, or trying to change details with the gas man.
The Last Romance Club (ever) – Tinned Fingers
Monday 16 – Friday 20 August
We are hopeful. We are looking for love. We want to get lucky. We want to serenade you outside your window at night. We want to give you our last rolo. We can't sing but, for you, we'll try.
“I Belong to this Band!” (work-in-progress) – Kings of England and others
Wednesday 18 & Thursday 19 August
“I Belong to This Band!” uses live/performance art to explore folk traditions. We are doing R&D residencies and Scratch showings, making songs and dances, before a Rural Tour of Great Britain 2011/12.
Growing Old With You (work-in-progress) - Search Party
Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 August
Growing Old With You is a life long performance project which attempts to document lived experience in real time. Starting in 2010 and for every 5 (or so) years for the rest of their lives Search Party will create a performance exploring ideas of age, duality and accumulation.
Senior Moments – Kristin Fredricksson (Beady Eye) & Robert Vesty (Box Social)
Friday 20 August
Kristin Fredricksson (Beady Eye) & Rob Vesty (Box Social) spend a week in the run-up to each Senior Moments performance during which they meet & recruit older people. They go to bingo halls, housing estates, community groups, shopping centres and Bridge clubs to enlist up to 40 participants aged 65 and over.