adapted from stories by Charles Bukowski
Adapted and Directed by Ben Harrison Performed by Charlene Boyd, Keith Fleming and David Paul Jones
“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 tax-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, it’s opening up of corners of sexuality and mental activity, as well as its most undesirable effects.
A huge sell-out and award winning success during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009 for Scottish site-specialists Grid Iron, Barflies is a visceral look at the pains and glories or drunkenness and all the humour, horror, hope and devastation it can bring.
Drawn from the short-stories and poems of cult American writer Charles Bukowski,Barflies is a rumbustious encounter with his alter-ego Henry Chinaski and a bevvy of the women who shaped his life and work.
What The Press Said:
★ ★ ★ ★ The Herald
★ ★ ★ ★ Edinburgh Spotlight
Having enthralled audiences and critics alike at the Fringe in 2009, Grid Iron's Barflies... now sets out to prove its worth outside the rarified festival atmosphere. And on viewing it, it is clear that the wedge of awards and nominations it carries in its back pocket is no product of the Fringe Bends, but the true appreciation of a genuinely engaging piece of work... another triumph from Grid Iron.★ ★ ★ ★ AE Annals of Edinburgh Stage
Cast & Crew:
Keith Fleming: Henry
Charlene Boyd: Cass, Vicki, Margy, Vivienne, Sarah
David Paul Jones: Silent Dave
Director/Adaptor: Ben Harrison
Producer: Judith Doherty
Composer & Sound Designer: David Paul Jones
Set & Costume Designer: Becky Minto
Lighting Designer: Kate Bonney
Production manager: Fiona Fraser
Technical Manager: Kate Bonney
Stage Manager: Mickey Graham
Sound Engineer: Ross Ramsay
Finance Manager: Deborah Crewe
Print Design: Emma Quinn
This tour of Barflies travelled to pubs and bars the length and breadth of Scotland then finished up in the famous Vulcan in Cardiff. The Vulcan was taken down brick by brick shortly after our performances there, to be rebuilt in St Fagans National History Museum. It was particularly fitting that the tour finished in The Vulcan as it was famed as a favoured drinking spot of Dylan Thomas as was the pub in New York, the White Horse Tavern, where, in 2007 during a recce visit for a different production, we first had the idea that led us to create Barflies.
Here is the full list of our 2012 tour venues:
6-9 Feb The Barony Bar, Edinburgh (with Traverse Theatre)
12-13 Feb Hooananny’s, Inverness (with Eden Court Theatre)
16-18 Feb Dundee Rep Theatre Bar
21 Feb Betty Nicols, Kirkcaldy (with Fife Cultural Trust)
24-25 Feb Cumbernauld Theatre Bar
27 Feb-1 Mar The Barony Bar, Edinburgh
6 Mar The Haunt Bar, Paisley Arts Centre
8-9 Mar Redrooms, Perth Theatre Bar
14-17 Mar Victorian Bar, Tron Theatre
20-24 Mar The Vulcan, Cardiff (with Sherman Cymru)
Also supported by The Hugh Fraser Foundation
The shows are listed in chronological order with the most recent first.