Following a brilliantly received run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe you can now catch Martin and his true (mostly true) story at one of the following venues.
By Martin McCormick
“you absolutely need to see South Bend”
“a neatly packaged hour full of fantastic performances and impressive technical feats.”
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“full of charm and bonhomie”
“a superb hour of theatre”
“A sharp, bittersweet comedy”
“an absolute gem of a show”
“emphatically Scottish in its humour and outlook… hilarious”
“fresh, funny, sad, happy and compelling”
UK Theatre Network
Directed by: Ben Harrison
Foley & Soundtrack by: David Pollock
Set & Costume Design by: Claire Halleran
Video Design by: Lewis den Hertog
Cast: Martin McCormick and Jess Chanliau with live foley by David Pollock
On tour in Scotland until 22nd September 2018
31 Aug & 1 Sept / Byre Theatre, St Andrews
4 Sept / Paisley Arts Centre
7 & 8 Sept / Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
11 & 12 Sept / Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
14 & 15 Sept / Cumbernauld Theatre
19 – 22 Sept / Tron Theatre
BSL interpreted performances on 8th Sept (Eden Court, Inverness) and 19th Sept (Tron Theatre, Glasgow).
In 2006 Martin McCormick flew across the Atlantic to be reunited with a woman he had fallen passionately in love with, a California Girl. But she’s changed. Completely. She’s in Indiana now, not California. 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.
Performed by Martin himself with Jess Chanliau (who plays some twenty-five parts) and live foley by David Pollock, South Bend is a tale of hope, of love, of a small country and a vast one, of a good Samaritan and a relationship gone bad.
Grid Iron audiences will recognise Martin from previous acting roles with the company, most notably as David, the narrator, in the 2010 tenth anniversary remount production of Decky Does a Bronco. Martin is now one of Scotland’s most exciting new playwrights having won the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland Best New Play in 2015 for Squash which Across the Arts described as “Hilarious, full of pithy one-liners and simmering with menace… Pretty much as perfect as it gets.”
Recommended age: 14+