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).
THE BRUNCH CLUB
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.
DATES AND VENUES:
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
What The Press Said:
The cast members are all drama graduates so should certainly be able to empathise with their characters. So convincing are they that you would think they are playing themselves, but it is only at the curtain call that their masks fall and you realise they are really acting very well indeed... colourful, fast-paced entertainment.★★★★ UK Theatre Network
★★★★ British Theatre Guide
At the heart of the show there is a sense of a generation that has been dealt a spectacularly tough hand rediscovering the poser of conviviality, of conversation, and of emotional openness about the issues they face; all achieved with plenty of music and laughter, a touch of poetry, and a series of impressive performances from a memorable young acting company.★★★★ The Scotsman
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
NETWORK ENSEMBLE PRODUCTION TEAM
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
FOR GRID IRON
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
FOR PLEASANCE FUTURES
Ellie Simpson Associate Producer, Pleasance
The shows are listed in chronological order with the most recent first.