Those Eyes That Mouth
devised by Ben Harrison and the cast
Performed in 32 Abercromby Place as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2003 then relocated to Eden Court Theatre Inverness, Tron Theatre Glasgow, macrobert Stirling and Carnegie Hall Dunfermline
Scostman Fringe First
Stage Award for Acting Excellence – Best Actress
Herald Angel – Best Actress
Stage Management Association Team Award
Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland – Best Actress
Daily Mail Spirit of the Fringe (Judith Doherty)
Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland – Best Use of Music, Best Technical Presentation.
Despite a rather rocky start, when Grid Iron had to find a new home for this site-specific show a mere two weeks before opening, Those Eyes, That Mouth became a sell out hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, winning a massive seven awards. The show was performed in a three storey Edinburgh New Town house which was under renovation. The audience promenaded from room to room with action even taking place on the stairs.
After the Fringe the company took the production on an experimental tour to stages around Scotland, relocating the action from the vertical to the horizontal and placing it on the flat of the stage. The audience still promenaded throughout the show, joining the performers on stage and forming the walls of the rooms where the action took place. Thankfully the experiment payed off and the tour was very successful.
Those Eyes, That Mouth also formed the basis of the Capacity Building and Skills Transfer workshop that Grid Iron created and delivered for the British Council in Beirut in 2005.
It is night. A woman stands, her back to us, looking out of the window. She dangles a half-empty wine glass between thumb and forefinger.
Although she is free to leave she cannot move. She fears what is outside. Her mind forges manacles that prevent her from moving… and yet, in her dreams, she moves, she takes flight.
Grid Iron use text, music and movement to conjure a strange world between wake and sleep. It is the world of half-finished cups of coffee and half-empty bottles of wine, of the stale taste of cigarettes in the mouth and of hunger in the belly.
Inspired by the films of Luis Bunel, Roman Polanski, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Tati and Wong Kar-wai, the paintings of Edward Hopper, the photography of Shirin Neshat, and the writings of Milan Kundera, Jim Crace and Julio Cortazar, Those Eyes, That Mouth is a performance for one actor and one musician.
Performed by the extraordinary Cait Davis (Fermentation, Frantic Assembly, David Glass Ensemble, Station House Opera) and composer/pianist David Paul Jones (Something There/Theatre Cryptic) and produced by Grid Iron’s multi-award winning team, Those Eyes, That Mouth returned to the company’s key strengths- the relationship between the actor and the musician and the relationship of the performers to found and transformed space.
What The Press Said:
The beautiful and compelling Those Eyes, That Mouth is the other singular experience on the Fringe [with Tim Crouch's The Arm]. Grid Iron's site-specific piece examines lost love, and the psychological damage it does, and boasts one of two great performances on this year's Fringe from the splendid Cait Davis.★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The List
★ ★ ★ ★ Fest
Cast & Crew:
Performer: Cait Davis
Composer & Musician: David Paul Jones
Director: Ben Harrison
Producer: Judith Doherty
Dramaturg: Zinnie Harris
Set Designer: Dick Bird
Costume Designer: Alice Bee
Lighting Designer: George Tarbuck
Production Manager: Fiona Fraser
Technical Manager: Paul Claydon
Stage Manager: Mickey Graham
Deputy Stage: Manager Shane Thom
Costume Assistant: Kathryn Smith
General Manager: Claire Robb
Production Assistant: Jo Hughes
Front of House: Paul Brady
Set built by: Scimitar Scenery
Production Carpenter: Stuart Nairn
Graphic Designer: Emma Quinn
Publicity Photographer: Douglas Jones
Print by: 21 Colour
Production Photographer: Richard Campbell
Office Dog: Hector
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.