The Brunch Club

A co-production between Grid Iron, Scottish Drama Training Network Ensemble and Pleasance Theatre Trust. Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019. Relocated to Ayr Campus, University of the West of Scotland

2nd – 24th August 2019
Pleasance Pop-Up: Levels Cafe and Lounge, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2nd – 4th September 2019
Ayr Campus, University of the West of Scotland

A site-responsive theatre production set in student cafes.


Winner of the Bright Sparks Award, Scottish Theatre on the Fringe (previously Scottish Arts Club Awards).

Written & directed by Ben Harrison
Devised with The Network Ensemble


Rebel, Geek, Emo, which were you?  Or Popular, even if you didn’t want to be?

Scotland’s brightest new talents, The Network, take on the cliques in a homage to classic coming-of age movies.  Eight young people gather in a university student union cafe where they form alliances, fall in and out of love, and learn from the friction and energy created between one clique and another.

With a sound-track that will take you right back to the tears and triumphs of finding your place in the world, The Brunch Club challenges expectations and exposes the limitations of judging a book by its cover.

Site-specific masters and seven times Fringe First winning Grid Iron, in co-production with SDTN and Pleasance Futures transform Levels cafe bar during Fringe 2019 before transferring to University of the West of Scotland Ayr for performances as part of their Fresher’s Week activities.

With a cast, design and stage management team drawn from recent theatre graduates from all over Scotland, The Brunch Club is a fanfare from the last years of adolescence and an exploration of the continuing need to categorise ourselves in a increasingly complicated world.


2nd – 24th August 2019          Pleasance Pop-Up, Levels Cafe and Lounge, Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2nd – 4th September 2019      Riverside Room Cafe, Ayr Campus, University of the West of Scotland

There were BSL interpreted performances on the 9th and 21st Aug, an Audio Described performance on the 22nd Aug and Captioned performances on the 19th and 23rd Aug.

Production photography by Robin Mitchell

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Cast & Creative Team:


Kieran Bole              KB
Taylor Hall               Meghan
Nicole Macari          Jordyn
Jamie McGregor     Dean
Draya Maria             Rosie
Rudy Punchard        Mo
Jarad Rowan            Eddie
Rhys Watson            Algie


Kathryn Weaving       Set & Costume Designer
Megan Adair                 Production Design Assistant
Cara MacDonald         Costume Supervisor
Loui McMaster            Sound Designer 
Caitlin Park                   Lighting Designer/Operator
Samantha Rae             Assistant Stage Manager
Shannon White           Assistant Stage Manager 

Ben Harrison          Writer & Director
Judith Doherty       Producer
Mickey Graham      Production Manager
Roy Fairhead           Technical Manager
Lauren Desjardins  Deputy Stage Manager
Jade Adamson         Movement Director
Becky Minto             Set & Costume Design Mentor
Pippa Murphy         Sound Designer & Mentor
Elle Taylor                Lighting Design Mentor
Deborah Crewe        Finance & Development Manager
Amy Quinn                Front of House Assistant
Delilah Rose Niel     Social Media Content Creator

Lucy Vaughan           Director
Karen Townsend      Programme Producer
Abigail McMillan     Ensemble Production Manager
Misha McCullagh     Project Co-Ordinator

Ellie Simpson            Associate Producer, Pleasance