Grid Iron presents
South Bend

BSL
in association with Platform

19th - 22nd September 2018

Martin McCormick and Jess Chanliau in South Bend credit Tommy Ga-Ken Wan (2) small

In 2006 Martin McCormick flies across the Atlantic to be reunited with a woman he had fallen passionately in love with, a Californian Girl. But she's changed.  Completely.  She's in Indiana now, 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 in one piece.

“Strangers would buy you drinks in bars because, ‘Hey, are you Scottish? EVERYONE! LISTEN UP!  This guy is Scottish. Awesome! Lemme buy you a drink dude. My last name is McDonnell!!”

“That’s actually Irish, but I’ll have a bottle of Corona thanks…”

Performed by Martin himself with Jess Chanliau and underscored by live foley from David Pollock, South Bend is a road movie for the stage.  A tale of hope, of love, of a small country and a vast one, of a good Samaritan and a relationship gone bad.

Note: Contains adult themes.

Written by Martin McCormick
Directed by Ben Harrison
Composition and Foley by David Pollock
Set and Costume Design by Claire Halleran
Lighting Design by Andy Gannon
Video Design by Lewis den Hertog

Supported by Creative Scotland.

Image: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Reviews

'clever...fully entertaining'. ***** Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

'a hilarious, chaotic and moving adventure...McCormick has the effortless gravitas of a true storyteller'.  ***** Theatre Weekly

'full of charm and bonhomie'. **** The Herald

'truly touching piece of theatre...an absolute gem of a show'. **** Fest Magazine

'wonderfully bizarre story'. **** Broadway World

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