Written by Martin McCormick. Directed by Ben Harrison. In association with Platform.
Previewed in Platform, Easterhouse on 27th and 28th August 2018 before a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Scottish tour.
A touring production for main stage and studio theatres.
Shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Club Award
In 2006 Martin McCormick flew across the Atlantic to be reunited with a woman he had fallen passionately in love with, a California Girl. But she’s changed. Completely. She’s in Indiana now, not California. With her step-mum who hates the British. Almost as soon as he’s arrived he’s on the road again, penniless and desperate to get home to Scotland.
Performed by Martin himself with Jess Chanliau (who plays some twenty-five parts) and live foley by David Pollock, South Bend is a tale of hope, of love, of a small country and a vast one, of a good Samaritan and a relationship gone bad.
Grid Iron audiences will recognise Martin from previous acting roles with the company, most notably as David, the narrator, in the 2010 tenth anniversary remount production of Decky Does a Bronco. Martin is now one of Scotland’s most exciting new playwrights having won the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland Best New Play in 2015 for Squash which Across the Arts described as “Hilarious, full of pithy one-liners and simmering with menace… Pretty much as perfect as it gets.”
Recommended age: 14+
TOUR DATES AND VENUES 2018 (tour is now finished):
7 & 28 July Platform, Easterhouse
1 – 27 Aug Gilded Balloon at the Museum
31 Aug & 1 Sept Byre Theatre, St Andrews
4 Sept Paisley Arts Centre
7 & 8 Sept Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
11 & 12 Sept Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
14 Sept Cumbernauld Theatre
19 – 22 Sept Tron Theatre, Glasgow
There were BSL interpreted performances on 9th August (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival Fringe), 8th Sept (Eden Court, Inverness) and 19th Sept (Tron Theatre, Glasgow)
What The Press Said:
★★★★ UK Theatre Network
★★★★ The List
★★★★ The Times
★★★★ Broadway World
★★★★ The Herald
★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
★★★★★ Theatre Weekly
Cast & Creative Team:
David A. Pollock
Writer Martin McCormick
Director Ben Harrison
Producer Judith Doherty
Finance & Development Manager Deborah Crewe
Music & Live Foley David A. Pollock
Set & Costume Design Claire Halleran
Lighting Design Andrew Gannon
Video Design Lewis den Hertog
Production & Stage Manager Mickey Graham
Technical Manager Andrew Gannon
Deputy Stage Manager Lauren Desjardins
Set Construction Jamie Baxter
Scenic Artist Jude Bomphray
Print Design Emma Quinn
Print Image The 16K Design Works
PR The Corner Shop Scotland
Quilt made by QuiltedBlissBy Nadine (Etsy)
The shows are listed in chronological order with the most recent first.