Behaviour 2015: The Arches' annual festival looks ahead

Behaviour 2015: The Arches' annual festival looks ahead

Gob Squad

A colourful patchwork of performance, club nights and discussion, Behaviour gets future-orientated

'In the sixth year of the festival,' says Behaviour acting artistic director Lucy Mason, 'we invite artists and audiences to respond to a changing world, exploring their visions of, and for, The Future.' With the Platform 18 award (this year given to Ishbel MacFarlane), The Arches has always supported the future artists of Scotland, but this time Behaviour is thinking about what that future might mean.

Behaviour has become a reliable fixture on The Arches' calendar, and 2015's season includes some familiar names. Both Nic Green and German/UK collective Gob Squad return, offering an attempt to pin down London Bankers and multimedia provocation respectively, while former Platform 18 award winner Peter McMaster and Christopher Brett Bailey look at nihilistic leanings in their respective works, 27 and This is How We Die.

Behaviour's tendrils reach out much further than The Arches confines: this year, there are across the city and through The Wellcome Collection's Sexology Season, a weekend-long project challenging preconceptions about sexuality and sexual health.

For those who seek edgier performances, Dark Behaviour considers Queer Futures with guests such as the inimitable David Hoyle and toast of last year's Edinburgh Festival, the dirty hip-hop belle Christeene.

Behaviour runs at The Arches from Wed 8 Apr–Sun 17 May 2015.


The Arches continues its quest to support innovative live performance with six weeks of events representing the forefront of arts practice from the most exciting international artists and their Scottish counterparts.