Rehearsals for South Bend are well underway.
by Martin McCormick
Directed by Ben Harrison
Foley & Soundtrack by David Pollock
Set & Costume Design by Claire Halleran
Video Design by Lewis den Hertog
CAST: Martin McCormick and Jess Chanliau with live foley by David Pollock
ON TOUR IN SCOTLAND JULY – SEPTEMBER 2018 including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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.”
His most recent show, Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths, produced by Tron Theatre in association with National Theatre of Scotland, was described by The Scotsman as “rich, deep satire…pure Scottish absurdism in McCormick’s powerful comic dialogue.”
Click on the links below to catch Martin and his true (mostly true) story at one of the following venues:
27 & 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 & 15 Sept Cumbernauld Theatre
19 – 22 Sept tron.co.uk
Recommended age: 14+