Fire Exit

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.

  • Image: Horizontal Collaboration
  • Image: Long Live The Little Knife Photographer: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
  • Image: White Tea Photographer: Tim Morozzo



  • Duration:
  • People on road: 1 (2 site visits required for 1 person).
  • Freight: No freight necessary


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. 


Long Live The Little Knife

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 4 (2 x performers, 2 x Technical / Stage Manager)
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: For a full technical rider, including freight details, please contact Mhari Hetherington, Producer,


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.

Horizontal Collaboration

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 1 x Technician / Stage Manager (4 x local actors required)
  • Freight: No freight necessary


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.  

Wraparound work

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:

  • Writing workshops (can be targeted to community or professional groups)
  • Site-based theatre workshop (aimed at students and/or emerging artists)
  • Discussion seminars on David’s methodology 

Press Comments & Testimonials

"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."

The Guardian

"Site-specific genius"

The Scotsman

"Theatrical maverick... a propensity for fearless experiment."

Financial Times

"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."

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Artistic Director(s)

David Leddy

Contact details

Hannah Putsey
General Manager

224 South Block
50-68 Osborne Street
G1 5QH

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