Written by David Paul Jones in collaboration with Ben Harrison
4th – 28th August 2011
Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Made in Scotland Showcase
Between the dusk & the dark, what terrors lie? Celebrating their tenth year at the Edinburgh August festivals, Fringe heroes Grid Iron and award-winning Scottish composer David Paul Jones take you on a journey through life. And death. What happens when our spirit leaves? What mark is left on the world? And what are the connections between the human body and the body of a piece of music? Is the precision required of a doctor or surgeon the same as that required to realise a Ravel Concerto?
As the sustain pedal is released on the dying notes of a sonata, what remains?
What Remains is a site-specific, promenade music installation piece with live and recorded performance by composer/pianist David Paul Jones.
What The Press Said:
“Played out in rooms around the medical school, where the bones displayed in a glass cage are arranged in scales, this latest piece from Grid Iron goes eyeball to eyeball with the horror genre and is lush with music to murder by. David Paul Jones gives a convincingly wild-eyed performance as the mad maestro who plays the piano with feelings he doesn’t offer his victims.”The Guardian
“Grid Iron, the kings and queens of Scottish site-responsive theatre, have created a brand-new promenade piece performed by one live performer, David Paul Jones, with a supporting cast of a thousand ghosts and sighs... his extraordinary and beautiful musical compositions stay with us throughout the journey... It’s a melee of marvellous sounds and – yes – haunting images; a wonderful marriage of sight and sound – and indeed of site and sound! There’s beauty in the darkness, and humour too. It’s a show that will remain with me a long time, I’m sure.”Total Theatre
“a sustained hour of bravura performance in which Jones, with designed Ali Maclaurin, sets about deconstructing and undermining the fierce patriarchal structures of authority through which learning was traditionally imparted... a rich series of musical interludes and haunting physical installations.”★★★ The Scotsman
“There is something in all of us that relishes a scary story, and Ben Harrison’s production for Grid Iron certainly doesn’t stint in this regard... David Paul Jones’ deranged piano maestro makes for a splendid grimacing, sneering high camp baroque villain, flitting through the successive spite-specific locales as a menacing shadowy presence.”★★★ The List
“Composer/performer David Paul Jones is convincing as the mad Prendergast who stalks the corridors and appears seemingly from nowhere. His piano playing is impeccable – and playful – and his soulful voice floats on the air haunting us with its beauty even as his behaviour becomes increasingly deranged, His eyes are mesmerising as they stare ours down and follow us everywhere. Designer Ali Maclaurin has constructed a set of installations that are intriguing and stand alone as works of art.”★★★ fringereview
Composer/Performer: David Paul Jones
Writers: David Paul Jones in collaboration with Ben Harrison
Director: Ben Harrison
Producer: Judith Doherty
Set & Costume Designer: Ali Maclaurin
Lighting Designer: Sergey Jakovsky
Production Manager: Fiona Fraser
Technical Manager: Roy Fairhead
Sound Engineer: Simon Kasprowicz
Stage Manager: Kara Jackson
Stage Manager: Anne E Page
Production Assistant: Lee Davis
Design Assistant: Alice Wilson
Print Design: Emma Quinn
The shows are listed in chronological order with the most recent first.