Andy Arnold, Theatre Director

AndyArnoldBigI came here in 1990, just as Glasgow was celebrating its year as European City of Culture. I got British Rail to lend us an empty underground space in Central Station which had hosted a temporary exhibition. It was only meant to be for the three weeks of Mayfest but then I realised the council had mistakenly given us a 12 month licence. That's how we started The Arches. I was unemployed with nothing to lose and saw the opportunity to produce theatre in small spaces, so I found a publican to run the bar and kept The Arches going for another year. It was a hand-to-mouth affair but those were really exciting times; we started club nights so we could fund our theatre operation and just like that Café Loco was born. It became a massive groundbreaking thing, a response to club culture...

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