Monday 24 June 2019
Victoria Road, Glasgow
Our first day in Glasgow started with porridge, coffee and a promise of Biblical rain heard from the radio. Also from the radio, this joke:
-I watched a film last night with Sylvester… what’s his second name?
-Stallone? (pronounced: stilon?)
-No it’s finished
After our breakfast we headed to Surge to meet Mel (who works there) and start working. Surge is Scotland’s network for physical theatre, street art and circus, and we have a one-week residency with them in their office block space near Glasgow Central. Giulia joined us there, she will be filming our work over the next weeks as part of her master’s project in video journalism.
After warming up, Valentina led us through a few exercises for us to get to know the space and to get back to work as a group. After that each of us were given small pieces of paper in which we wrote one-minute answers to Valentina’s questions. This was for us to figure out what our goals as a group and as individuals are for this residency: our intentions. To answer the questions what, why and how.
Setting up intentions for our two weeks of work in Glasgow:
What are we doing here?
Intentions for the group
Intentions for yourself
What key question will drive our work?
We then go through our schedule for the week. We have a lot of meetings with different arts organisations and spaces, ‘hipster’ cafes, but not so many with local commerce and inhabitants so far. After lunch we went to the top of the Lighthouse Architecture and Design Museum to see the city from above – we spotted Victoria Road too.
Back to Victoria Road:
Biblical rain starts. Water leaks inside the shops from the street. When we pass by Milk café, one of the street’s hubs we are hoping to collaborate with, it is closed because completely flooded. The street is being resurfaced – a new cycle lane is being added, which we will learn is a welcome but complicated process – and as a result the shop floors are now lower than the street level. We resort to planning Wednesday’s workshop (which will be at Surge from 11:30 to 13:00) with a cup of coffee, hoping the rain will settle.
Shona then led us on a walk of Queen’s Park, which is at one end of Victoria Road, to then guide us up and down the road itself – the main site of our research theatre project. Images and thoughts from the wet walk:
Where does the name Glasgow come from?