cA'GEo' HEAT Arches. Glasgow, Thu 7—Sat 30 Oct
Over the last few months, the promotion of Michael Howard is not the only example we’ve seen of the sap rising. If you're like most folks, the recently passed summer has seen an increase in your general sexual awareness. There might be all kinds of reasons for this well- documented phenomenon, from some complex primal attachment to the seasons, to the simple fact that people wear fewer clothes. Certainly this latter, which I call the Parisian experience (she gave me an eyeful and I got the tower) seems to count with boys. Andy Arnold, artistic director of the Arches, is also very aware of this condition of heat and lust. ‘In places where there’s a lot of heat for long periods, there does seem to be a correlation between this and the rising of sexual and other passions,’ he tells me.
This is particularly true, of course, of Tennessee Williams’ deep South. We all know this from plays like Streetcar and Suddenly Last Summer, of course, but it's a theme carried into even his far more obscure shorter work. And after the 18 minute diamond, Lord Byron ’5 Love Letter, shown a couple of years back at the Arches, Arnold presents us with three more Scottish premiers. Moony’s Kids Don’t Cry has a married couple
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awaking at 4am in the heat of the night to discuss their impending emotional and sexual crisis. Twenty Seven Wagons Full of Cotton tells the story of a suspicious fire at a cotton mill, and the sadomasochistic sexual revenge taken by the owner upon the possible culprit‘s spouse. Something Unspoken sees two faded Southern belles (very much a Williams speciality) struggle to come to terms with passions past and present.
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