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 ADRIAN HOWELLS / Image: An Audience with Adrienne / Photographer: Robert Day

ADRIAN HOWELLS

Interactive|Performance|Site-specific

SIZE OF COMPANY
Usually one

PERMANENT STAFF
Performer
Adrian Howells

ARTISTIC POLICY
Adrian Howells creates work that promotes intimacy and genuine exchange with an audience, often in a one-to-one, autobiographical, or confessional context, in a range of non-traditional performance spaces.

REVIEW EXTRACTS
Not only beautiful and comforting, but infinitely thought-provoking.
The Scotsman (Foot Washing for the Sole)
An exceptionally enriching piece of theatre.
The Scotsman (The 14 Stations of The Life and History of Adrian Howells)
An act of extraordinary generosity.
The Guardian (An Audience with Adrienne)

CURRENT PRODUCTIONS

Foot Washing for the Sole
An intimate performance for one in which Adrian washes and dries the participant’s feet, anoints and massages them in frankincense oil and, finally, asks the participant’s permission to kiss them.
30 mins. One on the road.
An Audience with Adrienne
An intimate studio theatre piece, which is transformed into Adrienne’s living room, for 25 people. During the course of the evening the audience have tea and biscuits, play parlour games and select autobiographical stories from a menu that Adrienne either tells or shows as home movies.
90 mins, no interval. 3 people on road. Homoerotic images displayed. Some strong language.  
The 14 Stations of The Life and History of Adrian Howells
Drawing on the 14 Stations of the Cross, this is a promenade piece for one audience member led on a journey through 14 created sites in which Adrian ‘confesses’ both the suffering he has endured as a gay man and also the pain he has inflicted on others.
90 mins, no interval. 2 people on road. Contains nudity and some strong language.
Held
In a residential house or flat, Adrian takes one audience member through a series of physical ‘holdings’, each one becoming more intimate, as a correlative progression is made from kitchen, living room to bedroom.
90 mins. One on road.
Salon Adrienne
Taking place in a working salon, Adrienne washes the participant’s hair, gets them to take a metaphorical, long hard look at themselves in the mirror whilst ‘teasing’ their hair, and finally gives them an indian head massage.
90 mins. One on the road.
Adrienne’s Dirty Laundry Experience
In a working laundrette, as the washing machine washes the audience’s real dirty laundry, Adrienne gets them to share their metaphorical dirty laundry.
90 mins. No interval. One on the road.

WRAP-AROUND
For Foot Washing for the Sole, Held and 14 Stations there is a choice of illustrated talks: Personal Services with Adrian Howells or Close Encounters of the Adrian Howells Kind. The former is more up-to-date and also covers the most recent work. Aimed at adults. Of interest to a professional audience, especially to Theatre Studies Uni students, academics, researchers, performance-practitioners, etc.
For An Audience with Adrienne, Salon Adrienne and Adrienne’s Dirty Laundry Experience there is an illustrated talk: The Art of Being Adrienne. Aimed at adults. Of interest to: see above.
For all pieces: a workshop on creating confessional/autobiographical performance. Can be adapted for most age and ability groups, but not younger than 18. Of particular interest to: drama/theatre studies students and acting students, but also amateur theatre groups, etc.

RECENT INTERNATIONAL WORK
2008
Israel: Foot Washing for the Sole
2008 Israel: An Audience with Adrienne
2007 Ireland: Held
2007 Scotland: An Audience with Adrienne
2006 Ireland: Salon Adrienne

TOURING AVAILABILITY
More or less anytime, but as I am a recipient of a full-time AHRC Creative Fellowship in the Dept of Theatre, Film and TV Studies at Glasgow University, all performances that take me away from Glasgow must be negotiated with them. In principle, however, I am available to perform at weekends, Christmas and Easter vacations, and in the Summer May – September. This is from Sept 2007 to June 2009.