A co-production between Grid Iron and the Edinburgh International Festival 2002. Variety played at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh from 12-17 August
Ladies and gentlemen! The King’s Theatre proudly presents the romantic tenor, the country comedian, the speciality act and the equilibrist – otherwise known as our very own Concert Party!
In its halcyon days variety theatre was part of the social life blood of the country. But in the shadow of the enemy – the technological wonder of the talkies – only the bravest or the saddest of performers are left treading the boards, in cine-variety.
The death throes of one of Scotland ‘s most popular entertainments are chronicled in this play by Scots playwright Douglas Maxwell, performed by multi-award winning Grid Iron.
Performing as part of the Edinburgh International Festival was a fantastic opportunity and experience for Grid Iron. Although well used to a high media profile, Variety found the company for the first time at the centre of a deeply divided debate about the quality of the show and Grid Iron’s inclusion in the International Festival. However, we still very much enjoyed the process and it taught us many valuable lessons.
Cast & Crew:
Dr Walford Chipo Paul Blair
Harvey Jimmy Harrison
Charlie Buchanan David Ireland
Jack Salt John Kazek
Edward Todd Peter Kelly
Rose Amy and Sinead Leach
Linda Singh Rina Mahoney
Connor McNair Douglas Rankine
Betty Kemble Anne Marie Timoney
Writer Douglas Maxwell
Director Ben Harrison
Producer Judith Doherty
Assistant Director Janie Abbott
General Manager Claire Robb
Production Manager Fiona Fraser
Set Designer Fred Meller
Costume Designer Alice Bee
Lighting Designer George Tarbuck
Composer Philip Pinsky
Technical Manager Paul Claydon
Stage Manager John Cumiskey
Deputy Stage Manager Caroline Aston
Assistant Stage Manager Helen Clarkson
Assistant Lighting Designer Calder Sibbald
Production Assistant Lisa Nicoll
Set Design Assistant Camille Tseng
Choreographer Lisa Robertson
Voice Coach Ros Steen
Master of the Ropes Simon Beaumont
Singing Coach Marion McNeill
Stilt Coach Robert Thorburn
Accordian Coach Keith Dickson
Graphic Designer Emma Quinn
Design Photographer Douglas Jones
Set Build Kilkenny Event Construction
Film by Nobles Gate
Variety was commisioned by Grid Iron with the assistance of the Scottish Arts Council’s Playwright Commissions Fund.
The shows are listed in chronological order with the most recent first.