Everything I Bought and How It Made Me Feel: Glasgow

everything I bought and how it made me feel

everything I bought and how it made me feel 
Everything I Bought and How It Made Me Feel: Glasgow

Sunday 21 February, 2016

 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Glad Cafe

Tickets £6

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Harry’s got a problem. Maybe you do too. He keeps buying things to feel better, but they just make him more miserable. So he started keeping a diary…

For a full year, Harry logged every transaction he made at everythingibought.tumblr.com. In painstaking detail, he wrote about how each purchase made him feel – his hopes, dreams, fears, and utter failure to come to a liveable compromise with consumerism. Now he’s sharing what he’s learned in a performance lecture that dissects shopping until it all falls apart. Framed as a presentation of pie charts and bell curves and statistics about consumption, it’s really about being miserable, being afraid, and trying to find a way out.

Everything I Bought And How It Made Me Feel is now a new stage show, asking: Why do we buy what we do? Is there any way to do it better? And how does consumerism really make us feel?

“The result is sublime, hilarious, joyous, painful, sweaty and moving. With astute analysis, Giles has captured in a carrier bag of till receipts the current story of our lives: shopping and how the hell we survive it. Dodging between corporate supermarkets and organic eco-stores, Giles combines spoken word poetry and the activism of everyday life with the audacity and physical energy of a gymnast. Bar running out into the road without your shoes on shouting STOP at the consumer treadmill, I can’t recommend the show highly enough to citizens who seek sanity in a mad, mad world.”
– Lucy Neal, Curator, Arts-Activist, Co-Founder of the London International Festival of Theatre

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Harry Giles is is a poet and performance-maker from Orkney, Scotland. His work happens in the places where performance and politics cross paths. As a solo performer and as a director, he creates one-to-ones, installations, street sideshows, interventions and longer interactive theatre shows. His work is processual and activist, creating spaces to confront political problems and figure out with audiences what to do about them. His performance lecture This is not a riot toured to Italy in 2012, while his one-to-one show What We Owe toured the European Imagine2020 venues and was picked for the Guardian’s “Best of the Edinburgh Fringe” 2013 round-up – in the “But is it art?” section. In 2014 he was part of the SPILL National Platform with I Want to Blow Up the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Other projects have been programmed by festivals including Sprint, Forest Fringe, Buzzcut and Hatch.


The Glad Cafe, 1006a Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands, Glasgow  G41 2HG

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