The Devil’s Larder

based on the novel by Jim Crace

Adapted and Directed by Ben Harrison


Herald Archangel

Scotsman Fringe First

Total Theatre Award

The Carol Tambor Foundation Award

Critics Circle: Best Director and Best Actor (nominated)

Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland:Best Music, Best Ensemble, Best Actor, Best Director (nominated)

Someone has taken off-and lost-the label on the can. We should all have a can like this. Let it rust. Let the rims turn rough and brown. Lift it up and shake it if you want. Shake its sweetness or its bitterness. Agitate the juicy heaviness within. The gravy heaviness. The brine, the soup, the oil, the sauce. The heaviness. The choice is wounding it with knives, or never touching it again.

Jim Crace, The Devil’s Larder

Grid Iron were commissioned by Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture to create a brand new production as part of the city’s year long cultural celebration. They were part of Relocation, one of the largest, most ambitious and most high-profile projects of the Cork 2005 programme. Relocation was the brainchild of Cork based theatre company Corcadorca and involved four of Europe’s most prolific site-specific companies, Teatr Buiro Podrozy (Poland), Jo Bithume (France), Corcadorca (Ireland) and Grid Iron (Scotland). The Devil’s Larder brought Relocation to a close before transferring to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe.

The Devil’s Larder saw Grid Iron returning to one of their favorite subjects, the impact of food on human society. A promenade production, it wove a sinuous and treacherous path from narrative episode to story-telling, from installation to song, with live music performed by David Paul Jones and award-winning harpist, Catriona McKay. Grid Iron examined how food can act as a catalyst for unleashing our fears, desires and taboos. Jim Crace’s teasingly dark novella was the basis for a journey into a culinary underworld; an uncanny, uncomfortable examination of the envy, love, revenge, hypocrisy, loss and lust which seethe beneath the false calm of the menu, the shopping list and the recipe.

The Devil’s Larder brought together a fantastic creative team that included many of Grid Iron’s regular collaborators plus a number of Cork based practitioners and a Production Assistant on placement from Beirut in Lebanon. In the spirit of the umbrella project, Grid Iron ‘relocated’ to Cork for the entire rehearsal period of The Devil’s Larder, feeling it was important to fully make the show in the city whose cultural celebration it was part of and to enable us to include local artists in its creation. The company had a fantastic time in Cork and fully exploited the cultural (and social) benefits of the city. We made a great many good friends and retain strong professional links.

The Devil’s Larder. Feed your desires and abandon your restraint in a dark journey into the culinary underbelly.

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Cast & Crew:


Sarah Belcher
Ciaran Bermingham
Andrew Clark
Hilary O’Shaughnessy

Music written and performed live by David Paul Jones & Catriona McKay


Based on the novel by Jim Crace
Adapted & directed by Ben Harrison
Producer:  Judith Doherty
Assistant Director/Dramaturg: Zoe Svendsen
Music written & performed by David Paul Jones & Catriona McKay
Music produced by David Paul Jones, Catriona McKay & Stevie Jones
Set Designer:  Cliff Dolliver
Set built by Cliff Dolliver, Davy Dummigan & Serge Vanden Berghe
Costume Designer:  Joan Hickson
Lighting Designer:  Paul Claydon
Production Manager:  Fiona Fraser
Technical Manager:  Paul Claydon
DSM:  Laura Edwards
ASM:  Amanda Ferriter
Sound Engineer:  Stevie Jones
Production Assistant:  Kholoud Nasser
Acting General Manager:  Deborah Crewe
Print Design:  Emma Quinn
Office Dog:  Hector