Awards

2017
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2017 Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery

Nominated

  • Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland – Best Technical Presentation
  • Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland –Best Production for Children & Young People
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2015 Light Boxes

Winner

  • Scotsman Fringe First
  • The Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award 2nd Place
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2014 Letters Home

Winner

  • Scotsman Fringe First

Nominated

  • Creative Edinburgh Award – Collaboration Category
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2013 Leaving Planet Earth

Nominated

  • Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland - Best Technical Presentation
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2011 What Remains

Nominated

  • Total Theatre Award
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2010 Huxley’s Lab

Winner

  • Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland - Best Ensemble
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2009 Barflies

Winner

  • Scotsman Fringe First
  • Herald Angel

Nominated

  • Stage Awards for Acting Excellence – Best Ensemble
  • Stage Awards for Acting Excellence – Best Actress
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2006 Roam

Winner

Nominated

  • Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland – Best Use of Music
  • Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland –Best Design

29th Arts & Business Awards

Ogilvy Arts & Business Creativity Award

BAA Edinburgh with Grid Iron

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID

Grid Iron is not for those who expect a traditional night at the theatre with a drink in the interval and queues for the toilets. Over the years they have performed in haunted vaults, a cancer hospital and playgrounds. “That the unexpected will happen is a given,” says company producer Judith Doherty.

The Edinburgh-theatre company is this year’s winner of the Arts & Business Creativity Award, based on a reputation for innovation and different work over the last eleven years, which has seen them perform all over the world.

“We are a new writing company first and foremost and we’ve become well know for site-specific work,” says Jude Doherty, who has run Grid Iron with co-artistic director Ben Harris since they met at Edinburgh University.

Audiences can expect the unexpected. “We’ve done a lot of things underground,” she says. “Under the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, in the Old City Morgue in Cork In Beirut in the General Security building where we adapted the show into Arabic. We did the same thing in a working cancer hospital in Jordan, which brought its own challenges – we had to be very sensitive and responsible.”

Sometimes they are bale to transfer a piece to a very different venue. The Devil’s Larder in the Cork Morgue, for example, was also performed in Debenhams on Princes Street.

Grid Iron’s next project ids Once upon a Dragon, a fairy-tale woodland adventure which will be part of the Edinburgh International Children’s’ Festival in May. “We’ve done work for teenagers but this is for children aged five upwards. A hundred children in a forest. Oh my God.”

Mark Brown

29th Arts & Business Awards

Community Award

BAA Edinburgh with Grid Iron

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID

 

Trying to perform in front of an audience with 150 fascinate Japanese tourists wandering past with their luggage in a busy airport is nothing unusual for Grid Iron Theatre Company.

The Edinburgh-based group has established a reputation for performing in unusual places from underground vaults to a department store.

Last year, celebrating its tenth anniversary, it staged its trickiest work to date – at Edinburgh Airport. The work, Roam, is primarily responsible for Grid Iron winning this year’s Arts & Business community award. Not only did they use non-professionals from all parts of the community in its own right – an airport with managers, security staff, check-in workers and cleaners.

“The airport show all seems a but unreal looking back on it. That was a challenge,” admits Jude Doherty, producer and co-artistic director Grid Iron.

“For Roam we treated the audience like travellers and got them to assemble at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and bussed them to the airport, where we got them to check in. The was open and real travellers were there checking in. We work closely with the security and ground staff, we didn’t want to upset of confuse any travellers.”

With Roam they had a multinational cast of ten, but then two non-professional community casts of fifteen that were made up of children and teenagers and also senior citizens.

“We were representing the fact that an airport is a microcosm of the world. The senior citizens were checking in for a Saga-style holiday, we had a mother checking in with her three unruly children – they were vignettes and everybody behaved extremely professionally. It was great fun.”

Roam ran for three weeks last April and Doherty says that it could not have happened without the involvement of the National Theatre of Scotland, who co-produced and opened doors which might otherwise have remained shut.

“BAA had to make a considerable leap of faith to even begin working with us – there was lots of bureaucracy.”

They were helped by the fact that the airports terminal Projects Manager and the Head of Security had both studied English together at University.

Roam was tremendous success, winning three Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland – Best Ensemble, Best Technical Presentation and Best Overall Production in 2006. Roam was also nominated in two other categories.

Mark Brown

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2005 The Devil’s Larder

Winner

  • Herald Archangel
  • Scotsman Fringe First
  • Total Theatre Award
  • The Carol Tambor Foundation Award
  • Jack Tinker Spirit of the Fringe Award (Judith Doherty)

Nominated

  • Critics Circle:  Best Director and Best Actor
  • Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland:  Best Music, Best Ensemble,  Best Actor, Best Director
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2004 Fierce – An Urban Myth

Winner

  • Stage Award: Best Ensemble (Ross Allan, Mark Arends, Cora Bissett, Garry Collins, Steven Cree, Helen McAlpine, Catherine Whitefield)
  • Herald Devil:  Garry Collins
  • Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland:  Best Music (Philip Pinsky)
  • The Carol Tambor Foundation Award

Nominated

  • TMA Award: Best Musical
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2003/4 Those Eyes, That Mouth

Winner

  • Scotsman Fringe First:  Innovation and outstanding new stage writing. (Cait Davis, David Paul Jones, Ben Harrison)
  • Herald Angel:  Acting Excellence (Cait Davis)
  • Herald Devil:  Excellence in the face of adversity
  • Stage Award:  Best Actress (Cait Davis)
  • Daily Mail:  Jack Tinker Spirit of the Fringe Award (Judith Doherty)
  • Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland:  Best Actress (Cait Davis)
  • Stage Management Association:  Team Award (Fiona Fraser, Paul Claydon, Shane Thom, Mickey Graham)

Nominated

  • Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland: Best Use of Music (David Paul Jones)
  • Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland: Best Technical Presentation
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2001 Decky Does a Bronco

Nominated

  • TMA/Barclays Stage Award: Best Touring Production for Children & Young People
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2000 Decky Does a Bronco

Winner

  • Scotsman Fringe First: Innovation in theatre and outstanding new production
  • Stage Award: Best Ensemble (David Ireland, Keith Macpherson, Jimmy Harrison, Andy Clarke, Ross Sutherland, Muz Murray, Craig Smith, Paul Cunningham)
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1998 Gargantua

Winner

  • Scotsman Fringe First:  Outstanding New Writing

Nominated

  • Stage Award: Best Ensemble (Iona Carbairns, Melanie Bradley, Tony Delicata, Alan McPherson)
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1997 The Bloody Chamber

Winner

  • Herald Angel:  Outstanding Contribution to Theatre

Nominated

  • Total Theatre Award: Best Newcomers, Best Use of Design

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