Fire Exit is a theatre company based in Glasgow, Scotland, which was established in 2002 by Artistic Director David Leddy. Its work has been shown all over the world, from Boston to Buenos Aires, São Paulo to Santiago, Milan to the Isle of Mull. Recent prizes include the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Award, a San Diego Critics’ Circle award, two different Herald Angel Awards and a Fringe First Award.
The artistic work combines the intellectual stimulation of performance art and the dynamism of new digital technologies with the emotional drive of dramatic new writing. Recent shows include Long Live The Little Knife, a dynamic, absurd and uplifting theatre piece about forgery, castration and drunkenness; Sub Rosa, a gothic promenade piece in the backstage labyrinth of a Victorian theatre; Susurrus, where the audience follow a map round a botanic garden and listen to the piece on headphones; White Tea, which takes place inside a huge paper box where the audience don white paper kimonos and sip Japanese tea as the actors perform around them; and Untitled Love Story where the audience take part in a group meditation on love and art, while following four interweaving stories set on the silky nocturnal waterways of Venice.
Part radio play, part lesson in bird dissection and part stroll in the park, Susurrus is a site specific play without actors, without a stage and with only one person in the audience – you.
Flexible, site-based piece, commonly presented in botanic gardens. Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
A dynamic, absurd and uplifting theatre piece about forgery, castration and blind drunkenness. In this fast-paced, provocative caper, writer David Leddy finds the incongruous connections between verbatim theatre, free-market economics, psychology of ‘truth’ and a castrated labradoodle in a Chanel clutch bag.
Suitable for studios, galleries, rural halls/spaces with no infrastructure. Fire Exit is also open to licensing overseas productions / translations.
Four desks, four laptops and four local actors, reading blind. Intense drama where power politics meet emotion, seduction and destruction. Four UN lawyers present explosive tribunal transcripts from Judith K, an African warlord’s wife. Lawyers turn off laptops one by one until left in darkness.
Portuguese, Spanish or English surtitles.
David Leddy is a highly experienced teacher and workshop leader with over 15 years’ experience with community, student and professional groups. He was the first person in Scotland to complete a practice-based PhD in theatre and is much sought-after as a mentor and leader of masterclasses. The company offers:
"David Leddy is a maverick theatre-maker... There are few writers so capable of mixing ideas with gaudy, glorious coups de théâtre, and few so capable of messing with your head."
"Theatrical maverick... a propensity for fearless experiment."
"Leddy's work is compelling because it is able to touch an audience on an emotional level, while at the same time provoking a profound cultural commentary on much deeper issues."