The Devil’s Larder

Based on the novel by Jim Crace.  Adapted and directed by Ben Harrison

8th October – 15th Nov 2015
A site-responsive, promenade production on tour to Custom House Leith in Edinburgh, The Haining in Selkirk, the Rockfield Centre in Oban & The Melvich Hotel near Thurso in Sutherland.

Join us on a journey into the culinary underworld of Jim Crace’s teasingly dark novella. The Devil’s Larder winds a sinuous and treacherous path through narrative episode, story-telling, loved music and song to examine the envy, love, loss and lust which seethe beneath the false calm of the menu, the dinner table and the recipe.

Originally commissioned as part of Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture celebrations before coming home to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Devil’s Larder received a clutch of awards including a Scotsman Fringe First, a Herald Archangel and a Total Theatre Award.  For this tenth anniversary remount, Grid Iron were delighted to be take the show to four extraordinary buildings around the country.

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Cast & Crew:


Johnny Austin
Charlene Boyd
Ashley Smith
Antony Strachan
David Paul Jones (piano and vocals)
Mary Macmaster (harp)


Based on the novel by Jim Crace
Ben Harrison
Producer:  Judith Doherty
Music written by David Paul Jones & Mary Macmaster
Music performed by David Paul Jones and Mary Macmaster
Costume Design:  Alison Brown
Lighting Design:  Paul Claydon
Set Design:  Claire Halleran

Production Manager:  Fiona Fraser
Technical Manager:  Roy Fairhead
Stage Manager:  Mickey Graham
Deputy Stage Manager:  Kara Jackson
Production Technician:  Amir Sherhan
Finance & Development Manager:  Deborah Crewe
Print Design:  Emma Quinn
Print Image:  Euan Myles
Production Photography:  Richard Campbell
PR:  The Cornershop

Other support:  Emily Bates (Set), Abbi Dawson (ASM), Bel Gilbert-Scott (Scenic Art), J&B Scenery (Set Build)

Thank you to Cliff Dolliver, Set Designer on the 2005 production, and his colleague Davy Dummigan, for their permission to use a few props from the original show.


We had four incredible venues for The Devil’s Larder 2015.  We began the tour in the magnificent Custom House in Leith which, as it is directly across the road from our office, is the nearest site to our company base we’ve ever had.  We then spent a brilliant week in The Haining in Selkirk, signalling the first time we had been able to perform in the Scottish Borders since 1996. The Haining is a beautiful country manor house which is being lovingly restored by The Haining Trust to host a myriad of events for the people of the town. Following this we had a fantastic time in the Rockfield Centre, a former primary school in the heart of Oban which the Oban Communities Trust (a fantastic bunch of folk) are steadily transforming into an arts and social hub for the community.  And we finished our tour right up on the very north coast of the mainland in the beautiful Melvich Hotel, which we would heartily recommend for a stay should you find yourself in the area (either for surfing or otherwise!)