Grid Iron produces exciting new work in a variety of spaces and locations, with a commitment to accessibility, entertainment and innovation. It operates a cross-disciplinary, collaborative structure that allows the involvement of artists and production crew from various media at all stages of the creative process. During the 18 years it has been producing it has amassed 27 awards and a further 19 nominations covering all aspects of its work, from acting, writing and use of music to design, stage management and technical excellence.
Some of the more unusual locations it has performed in include a boat-builders' island in a Norwegian fjord, the former General Security building in Beirut, a working cancer hospital in Jordan, the landside and airside spaces of Edinburgh International Airport, the old City Morgue in Cork, and parks, gardens and pubs all over Britain and Ireland.
Barflies is a site-specific production for performance in pubs and theatre bars. Based on the writings of Charles Bukowski, it takes a visceral look at the pains and glories of drunkenness, and its effects on human relationships and creativity. With music composed and performed live by Scottish composer David Paul Jones.
The Devil's Larder is a site-responsive promenade theatre production with live music. Jim Crace’s teasingly dark novella is the basis for a journey into a culinary underworld, an examination of love, loss and lust. The production winds a sinuous path from narrative episode to story-telling, from installation to song.
Grid Iron can offer bespoke skill transfer and capacity building workshops for theatre practitioners and post-show discussions for audiences.
"Grid Iron is not just a Scottish national treasure but one of the companies that has shaped British theatre over the last 20 years."
"We are fortunate in Scotland to have one of the best exponents of the site-specific genre in the world in Grid Iron."
"Grid Iron are surely now one of the most sophisticated site-specific theatre makers in Europe."
Judith Doherty and Ben Harrison