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As the funding and structures of the British theatre industy become cause for national debate, the very format of the annual Arches Live festival of new work at Glasgow's Arches takes on an almost political edge.

An evening ticket allows access to multiple performances of often experimental works by young artists, the majority of which counter the penury of their creation with a simple format: a solo performer, a compelling high concept and a point to be made.

Harry Giles's What We Owe is one piece that fits this bill perfectly. He describes it as an "unqualified debt counselling service, but with a performative twist". Throughout the evening, he will sit down for 15-minute one-on-one sessions with a single audience member and talk "in a friendly and comic way" about their debts, whether they be financial, personal or emotional". He says: "I'd like people to come out of this feeling like they have a better handle on their debt to the world and on their own guilt."

Harry Giles's 'What We Owe', The Arches, Glasgow, (www.thearches.co.uk) 25 and 26 September