South Bend

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)

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Cast & Creative Team:


Jess Chanliau
Martin McCormick
David A. Pollock

CREATIVE TEAM (click to open)

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

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