This June, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland presents the 8th annual On The Verge festival of new and experimental work. Over three days, BA Acting and MA Classical and Contemporary Text students will take over Glasgow’s oldest pub – Sloans on Argyle Street – and present a festival of 14 brand new premieres from 1 – 3 June.
This is the first time the festival has taken place at Sloans, its new home following the closure of The Arches last June. The festival will create four improvised performance spaces in the famous pub, occupying the whole of the first and second floor function rooms. In addition, the historic building’s Snug Bar will operate as a central hub for all of the festival’s bustling activity.
The 2016 festival encompasses a wide variety of subjects and performance styles. There will be pieces exploring ‘big issues’ such as the military, the prison system and mental health. The festival also offers plenty on the lighter side, including comedies, a mockumentary and even a children’s show.
Commenting on the line-up, festival producer Alex Fthenakis said: “There really is something for everyone at On The Verge. We’ve got heartfelt drama alongside big challenges, such as doing 20 plays in 40 minutes, and performances for every age.”
On The Verge has been a part of the RCS performance calendar for 8 years, during which time many of the performers and writers have gone one to tour their work nationally and internationally. Mark Jeary’s highly acclaimed play Blackout is currently touring around Scotland until 21 May, Isobel McArthur’s How to Sing it is on at the Tron 8-11 June and Andrew McGregor’s The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Lucas Petite has just been funded to tour in the Autumn.
The performances at this year’s festival are running side-by-side each night from 7pm (with a matinee performance starting at 5pm on Fri 3 Jun). Tickets are valid for one whole evening, during which audiences are welcome to see as many shows as they can cram in. See the whole schedule for each day on the RCS Box Office website and book which performances you wish to see.