Surge Festival 2021

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Surge Festival is back with a bunch of weird and wonderful acts, on a rolling schedule, so you can see everything over an hour and a half visit. It’s like Supermarket Sweep but in a zoo!


This year at Surge you can build a nest, watch live digital sculpting and fill marbles with inspiration, while bonkers cabaret acts vie for your attention in a Covid-secure festival space in Barrowland Park, Glasgow.

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Installations

DISTANT DRUMS

Whispered Tales

A PERFORMANCE ABOUT SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE AND ITS FIGHT FOR RACIAL EQUALITY


Distant Drums


Distant Drums is a dynamic and thought-provoking performance that tells the story of Reggae Sound System culture and its role in the fight for racial equality. A handcrafted bespoke sound system stands proudly on a statue plinth. As the speakers power up, digital screens appear within the stack and two performers transport the audience from Africa to the Caribbean until they finally arrive suitcase in hand on the shores of the UK. Written by Madu Messenger, narrated by Macka B, choreographed by Donald Edwards with a distinctive Dub soundtrack by Vibronics, Distant Drums promises to be an exhilarating performance not to be missed.

TO BUILD A HOME

Martha Orbach

WE’RE TRYING TO BUILD A HOME - COME GIVE US A HAND!


Build a home


It’s hard work building a home. You need some things, not others, and all assembled in the right places. From tea bags to scourers, phone bills and spoons, we’re trying to make it all add up with walls and a roof.

Come and help us piece it all together and add in your thoughts on what is needed to make a home. We’ll be building live. All are welcome. Artist Martha Orbach in collaboration with Llewelyn Jones, Made from Scratch, with help from Ornithologist Paul Walton and Maryhill Integration Network.

KRIKSIX VR

Sumit Sarkar

CREATION OF DIGITAL SCULPTURES MADE LIVE IN VIRTUAL REALITY


kriksix VR


Digital painter and sculptor Sumit Sarkar aka KrikSix will create a live digital sculpture created within the Virtual Reality environment, using VR technology and digital sculpture apps.

Sumit’s work spans traditional and digital, abstract and figurative and painting and sculpture, and the work created for Surge Festival will be a live digital expression of all and none of the above.

PASSING PLACES

Gill Houlsby

AN EXPLORATION OF INESCAPABLE INTERCONNECTEDNESS


Passing Places


Unapologetically un-sensationalised. An exploration of how we relate to the people and places we pass. Inspired by the iconic Passing Place Sign and designed to bring into consciousness questions about how we see people, communities, and landscapes; and the impact that our perceptions have on them. This work beautifully captures the concept that it is impossible to be on your own journey without having an impact on the journey of others – unescapable interconnectedness. Viewing this (installation / performance?) fully requires a curious an open-minded viewer. Will you notice everything there is to be seen?

Supported by Surge's Bursary Programme

UNBOSI MARBLE AWARENESS NORMA/MARILYN

United Nations Board of Significant Inspiration

WORLD LEADERS HAVE LOST THEIR MARBLES. UNBOSI’S HERE TO HELP


Unbosi


Ever feel you’ve lost your marbles? Find them again with the United Nations Board of Significant Inspiration (UNBOSI). Our little-known arm of the UN is researching pockets of inspiration emanating from the ground in the form of odourless, colourless gas. Not surprisingly, we have located significant amounts of the stuff in Glasgow.

Join our marbleologists as we locate and transfer this gas into specialist glass memory pebbles (aka marbles). We’ll then supercharge our inspirational spheres by passing them through an air-powered NORMA machine. Once that’s done, we’ll send the newly-genius marbles to world leaders (who’ve all lost theirs).

Performances

DISTANT DRUMS

Whispered Tales

A PERFORMANCE ABOUT SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE AND ITS FIGHT FOR RACIAL EQUALITY


Ecdysis


Distant Drums is a digital art installation that tells the story of Reggae Sound System culture and the importance of music in the fight for racial equality. In this version the installation is transformed into an exciting performance!

ECDYSIS (IN VIVO)

Oceanallover

I’M SPLITTING MY SIDES FOR YOU. DANCE, MUSIC AND COSTUME


Ecdysis


Ecdydsis (In Vivo) – Dancing like a lizard, singing like a snake, feeling ready to step out into a new skin. With original music from leading Dubstep and electronic music Producers Pinch, Silkie, N-Type, Lost, Sepia, Cimm, Mako, Revorg, Franck Alba and Un-cool Adam.

Oceanallover is collaborating with legendary MC Sgt Pokes to make a dynamic statement of intention. The show features live vocals from Pokes and Breezy Lee with costume by Alex Rigg. What is it?? Visual poetry, something to dance along with, an idea, a hope for the future.

JO FOLEY

WORLD RECORD HOLDING, INTERNATIONAL AERIALIST AND CONTORTIONIST


Jo Foley


Jo Foley is an accomplished and experienced, world record holding, international aerialist and contortionist. She performs with aerial, theatre and circus skills in commercials and music videos and appeared in a movie alongside Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson.

PARASITE STREET SCIENCE

Surge & University of Glasgow

PARASITE STREET SCIENCE - STAY ALERT! OUR CRACK TEAM OF SCIENTISTS WILL BE OUT AND ABOUT THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL TO KEEP ANY NASTY INFECTIONS SPOTTED AT BAY. IF YOU SEE THEM DON’T WORRY! IN FACT, THEY MAY EVEN TRY TO RECRUIT YOU TO THEIR TEAM! #PARASITESTREETSCIENCE


Parasite


Parasite Street Science - Stay alert! Our crack team of scientists will be out and about throughout the festival to keep any nasty infections spotted at bay. If you see them don’t worry! In fact, they may even try to recruit you to their team!

Rumours are that a giant Tsetse fly carrying infection is on the loose, and it is only through banding together as one giant immune system that we can beat the infection together!
Our microcosm of microbiology offers an interactive and hilarious performance for the whole crowd to get involved with: learning the science behind the spread of infections and the role of antibodies within the body.  Let’s hear it for our super scientists! #ParasiteStreetScience

This work is being funded by the MVLS Engagement with Research Grant ‘Street Science’ and the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology and the Microbiology Society, and delivered in partnership with Surge, Prof Annette MacLeod, Dr Walt Adamson (IBAHCM), Dr Nicola Veitch (SLS) and Dr Vickie Curtis (WCIP).

Walkabout

CAT-SITH

Lucid Acid

AN ACROBATIC SPECTACLE CENTERED AROUND A PUPPET OF A SCOTTISH WILDCAT


Cat Sith


“Cat Sith” is stunning piece of street theatre, with high paced acrobatics, enthralling dialogue and physical theatricality, and a uniquely agile giant cat puppet that will (metaphorically) crowbar open people’s hearts, making them receptive to the underlying themes; entwining urban legends of local ‘Alien Big Cats’ in the UK; the dwindling numbers of remaining Scottish wildcats and the ineffability of our complicity in their extinction; and the ancient highland myths of the cat-sith and their position as forms of truth seeking in a pre-modern era.

Supported by Surge’s Bursary Programme

HEY IDIOTS, TEXT ME YOUR CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS!

Adrenalism

AN INTERACTIVE, DEEP DIVE INTO POLITICAL TOXICITY AND THE CLIMATE CRISIS


Hey Idiot!


Hey Idiots, Text Me Your Climate Change Solutions! is a new outdoor interactive show about the climate crisis, toxic masculinity and political violence. Satirical, tongue-in-cheek and hypnotically grotesque, come and see corporate greenwashing descend into anarchy and absurdity.

Some corporate executives come down to the street to “engage” with your “opinions” about how exactly big business should pretend to care about the climate crisis. Prepare to be patronised, dismissed, scorned and generally treated like the ignorant, unwashed masses that you are!

Supported by Surge’s Bursary Programme

THE RAMBLERS

Turas Theatre Collective

A CELEBRATION OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS WITH LASHINGS OF FUN AND FROLICS!


The Ramblers


The Ramblers arrive in your town – lost! They have been hiking (and talking!) all day and need to find a good spot to pitch their tent. Equipped with maps, compasses, ropes, harnesses, a tent, a flask of tea and a ukulele, these intrepid adventurers perform a series of skits that surprise and delight the audience. A celebration of the great outdoors with lashings of fun and frolics!

Cabaret

PAULINE PHITNESS: LIVE AND IN 3D

GLASGOW! SHE’S HERE! PAULINE PHITNESS HAS ARRIVED!


Sarah


Glasgow are you ready? The goddess of greatness, fitness and mindfulness is on her way. You fell in love with her on zoom, now it’s time to meet her in the flesh!

Pauline has the answers to all life’s questions and has been practicing her mediocre phenomenon of doing little with enthusiasm since 1984. Seeing exercise in the everyday is a real challenge for most but she's bigger than that, a fab hand at burning carbs and working out, she has reason to rock them sweatbands with finesse and... enthusiasm.

Get caught up in her 80's fantasies and lose yourself in her mindless masterclasse

SARAH MCARDIE

JOIN SCOTLAND’S VERY OWN BRIDGET McJONES FOR SONGS & LAUGHTER


Sarah


Sarah is a 40 something woman who likes to laugh at herself and life in general. She is an actress, director & story editor but during lockdown was often found in her tiger onesie, up a tree or playing her ukulele and singing to the masses.

She has also found love during a global pandemic which could indeed only happen to Sarah. Join her as she overshares, makes you laugh & hopefully gets you to join in a chorus or two...

HARMONY

Gemma Mae Halligan

THE WORLD’S SICK. JOIN HARMONY’S REVOLUTION TO SAVE HUMANITY


Harmony


There’s a lot of about our divided society, establishing equality, and ‘wokeness’ but how is that actually manifested in our daily interactions with each other?  Harmony is a wellness guru with a world-embracing message of change through love.  She knows the difficulty of ridding yourself from prejudice because she was once as hate-filled and bitter as we are.

Through Harmony’s transforming exercises we explore our own prejudices and attitudes and become truly enlightened. Harmony Saves the World gets us laughing through some uncomfortable truths and hopefully, maybe, being a bit kinder to each other.

STYLOPHOBIA

Dan Rubinstein

STYLOPHONE RENDITIONS OF ROCK/POP CLASSICS -NOT QUITE HOW THEY WERE WRITTEN...


Stylophobia


Stylophobia has been honing his noble craft of Stylophone playing for many years and has finally overcome his fear of the Stylophone. Winner Wimborne National Comedy Competition 2017, Finalist London Museum of Comedy Old Comedian of the Year 2018, Finalist Leicester Comedy Fest Silver Comedian 2019 and 2020, Stylophobia will bring "a smile to your face, a song in your heart, a quiver to your liver and a sheen to your spleen." Possibly.

FULL FRONTAL NEWSITY

Steve Vertigo

NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS PRESENTED THROUGH A VERY MINIMAL GRASP OF REALITY


Steve Vertigo


He was the first to interview The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse when they split with Pestilence. He’s interviewed The Eye of Sauron. He finds the stories no-one knew they cared about, and talks to the people on the street for the real insights. Throw in random adverts, pieces on interior decorating, fascination with flags, and cute animals in shoes, and he certainly gives The One Show a run for its money. No-one is safe from his searchlight gaze. (As long as he’s wearing his glasses)

CLOWN HAND-BALANCE

Tamzen Moulding

PACKED WITH TRICKS AND PERSONALITY THIS ACT IS SURE TO IMPRESS


Tamzen


A quirky little clown piece, if you want something a bit different for your entertainment, this take on a classic circus character packed with tricks and personality is sure to impress.

Off-Site

ECDYSIS (IN VIVO)

Oceanallover

14:30 - 15:30

Sat only
location: MERCHANT CITY

I’M SPLITTING MY SIDES FOR YOU. DANCE, MUSIC AND COSTUME


Ecdysis


Ecdysis (In Vivo) – Dancing like a lizard, singing like a snake, feeling ready to step out into a new skin. With original music from leading Dubstep and electronic music Producers Pinch, Silkie, N-Type, Lost, Sepia, Cimm, Mako, Revorg, Franck Alba and Un-cool Adam.

Oceanallover is collaborating with legendary MC Sgt Pokes to make a dynamic statement of intention. The show features live vocals from Pokes and Breezy Lee with costume by Alex Rigg. What is it?? Visual poetry, something to dance along with, an idea, a hope for the future.

IN THE CITY STILL

Feathers Ensemble

12:00 – 12:45, 13:15 - 16:00

Sat and Sun

FEATHERS ENSEMBLE USES MOVEMENT, MUSICALITY AND PROJECTIONS, EXPLORING CURRENT SOCIETAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES


Feathers Ensemble


Three performers investigate the interactions between the circus body and urban spaces and connect with the audience through their discoveries of the particular historic and personal heritage of the location. Feathers Ensemble uses movement, musicality and projections to create original striking imagery of a poetic nature in interactive acts exploring current societal and psychological issues with a view to provoking thoughts and sharing a journey with the audience.

THE TURTLES

Findhorn Bay Arts & Surge

location: MERCHANT CITY

A GROUP OF VERY OLD TURTLES MOVE SLOWLY THROUGH THE STREETS, THEY HAVE MADE IT THEIR BUSINESS TO RETURN ALL THE ITEMS THEM HAVE FOUND IN THE SEA THAT HAVE BEEN LOST BY HUMANS TO THEIR OWNERS…


Turtles


A group of very old turtles move slowly through the streets, they have made it their business to return all the items them have found in the sea that have been lost by humans to their owners… A walkabout act with an environmental theme, this is performed by Moray-based community participants in partnership with Findhorn Bay Arts and Surge.

Funded by The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Hugh Fraser Foundation and The Foyle Foundation.

THE CONCREATURES

Kayos Youth Theatre

location: MERCHANT CITY

CURIOUS CONCRETE CREATURES WHO ENJOY A DANCE BATTLE


Kayos


The Concreatures are curious concrete creatures. Big fans of architecture (the more brutalist the better) they have an unusual way of celebrating stillness. The Concreatures are envious of anything that moves faster than a statue and have been known to enjoy a dance battle.

Supported by Awards for All, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Foyle Foundation and Galoshans Festival

CAPTAIN AMETHYST AND THE SUPER AWESOME GALACTIC TV HEADS FROM OUTER SPACE 2: THE REVENGE OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN

Kayos Youth Theatre

12:30 – 13:00, 14:00-14:30 and 15:30 - 16:00

Sat and Sun
location: MERCHANT CITY

A COWBOY, A B MOVIE HORROR HEROINE, AN 80S AEROBICS INSTRUCTOR, CAPTAIN AMETHYST AND CHARLIE CHAPLIN HAVE LANDED IN 2021 GLASGOW


Kayos


Following an accident sometime in the future (involving taking an old TV into a transporter), A Cowboy, a B Movie Horror Heroine, an 80s Aerobics Instructor, Captain Amethyst and Charlie Chaplin have landed in 2021 Glasgow. Chaos ensues.

Supported by Awards for All, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Foyle Foundation and Galoshans Festival.

MOVING OUT SYMPOSIUM

7TH ANNUAL MOVING OUT SYMPOSIUM FOR OUTDOOR ARTS - JULY 9TH


Mooving Out


Moving Out is an outdoor arts and events symposium that coaxes participants to learn fromone another in issues central to our practice. This year the symposium hopes to discuss Lockdown Practices Activism and European Relationships - as well as provide a dedicated platform for any artist producing outdoor art in 2021/22. It runs on the 9th of July, 12-4pm

WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS