Adapted from stories by Charles Bukowski. Adapted and directed by Ben Harrison.
Performed by Keith Fleming, Gail Watson & David Paul Jones.
7 – 31 August 2009
Traverse@The Barony Bar. Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Scotsman Fringe First
Nominated: The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence – Best Ensemble
Nominated: The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence – Best Actress
“Some people never get crazy. What truly awful lives they must lead.”
What starts as a gateway into a liberated, loose, affectionate and flirtatious view of the world can so easily become a prison, a destruction of the body, the mind and the memory. And yet, without alcohol, what great works of art might we have missed, what creative revelations, what relationships, what joyous and fumbled acts of love instigated at the bar and hastily consummated after a hurried taxi-ride home?
A search for meaning and pleasure in the arms and in the bodies of a series of women drives Henry to confront the darkest corners of himself and to challenge the whole ethic of the working life. Maybe more humanity, more analysis of the human psyche could be found from the edge of a barstool than from the most wide-ranging travels or the deepest research in a library. Barflies looks at the profound liberation of alcohol, its opening up of corners of sexuality and mental activity, as well as its more undesirable effects.
Multi-award winning Fringe favourites, Grid Iron, returned to the festival after an absence of three years with a brand new site-specific performance set in their local pub, The Barony Bar.
What The Press Said:
David Paul Jones, who occasionally emerges from behind his piano to take on the role of barman, adds a fascinating variety of music, from pub ditties to a surprisingly moving rendition of ‘Lilac Wine’, and the two lead performers are both splendid…… this is a smart and accomplished piece of entertainment.The List
This is site-specific maestros Grid Iron putting flesh on the booze-soaked litanies of novelist Charles Bukowski. Barflies takes three of the old bruiser’s short stories narrated by Keith Fleming’s stumblebum hero, each featuring a very different woman, beautiful losers all. Director Ben Harrison leads Fleming, Gail Watson as the women and comjposer David Paul Jones on a merry dance that is in turns sorrow-drowning sentimental and self-destructively ugly. It’s grown-up, after-hours stuff, cistern-deep with brutal heart-break and punctuated by the saddest drinking songs ever written. There are laughs too, in a dirty-old-man’s comic fantastia featuring a decidedly uncorked use of a bottle opener that’s likely to leave you as shaken and stirred as the modern-day witch who gives it the ultimate twist★ ★ ★ ★ The Herald
★ ★ ★ ★ Sunday Telegraph
Cast & Crew:
Henry: Keith Fleming
Cass, Vicki, Margy, Vivienne, Sarah: Gail Watson
Silent Dave: David Paul Jones
Assistant Director: Catrin Evans
Producer: Judith Doherty
Set & Costume Designer: Becky Minto
Composer & Sound Designer: David Paul Jones
Lighting Designer: Paul Claydon
Production Manager: Fiona Fraser
Technical Manager: Maria Bechaalani
Deputy Stage Manager: Nichola Reilly
Design Assistant: Harriet Kirkwood
General Manager: Fiona Dougal
Finance Officer: Deborah Crewe
Print Design: Emma Quinn
Photography: Douglas Jones
Office Dogs: Hector & Tigger
Proprietor / Bar Manager: Malcolm Binnie
Assistant Manager / Chargehand: Christopher Reid & Richard Arthur
Bar Staff: Amiel Clarke, John Corcoran, Katriona Harding, Gemma Harper, Alexandra Kocela, Karen Lourens, Ema Murray, Lisa Thomas & Beata Zemanek
TRAVERSE FRONT OF HOUSE:
Peter Airlie, Heather Fulton, Nikki Hill, Kirsty McIntyre, Tim Primrose, Greg Sinclair, Jenna Watt & Katy Wilson.
The shows are listed in chronological order with the most recent first.