Designing for non theatre spaces: workshops and a panel discussion with The Envelope Room

We’ve very excited about a series of design-related events we’re presenting in October in collaboration with The Envelope Room.

The Envelope Room is a fantastic organisation, led by designers Lisa Sangster and Claire Halleran, which supports, promotes and connects stage designers based in Scotland. Over the past five years, they have created tons of professional development opportunities and hosted a fulsome range of events from their incredibly valuable Portfolio Speed Dating sessions to a host of workshops and networking opportunities during the Edinburgh August festivals.

On the afternoon 9th October, our Co-Artistic Director, Ben Harrison and the wonderful set & costume designer Becky Minto, who we have collaborated with on many shows (Crude, Letters Home, Barflies and Tryst to name but a few), will be giving a workshop entitled Designing for non theatre spaces. Later that evening, myself and our long-term Production Manager, Fiona Fraser, will join Ben and Becky for a panel discussion on The challenges of making work for non theatre spaces during which we’ll talk about some of the fantastic (and also some of the tough) times we’ve had making shows together over the years. Both of these events will be in the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, and we’ll be around for a wee drink in the bar after the panel discussion too!

Then, towards the end of October (26th), artist David Shearing will lead a workshop on Designers taking the lead: developing your creative process in Rockvilla (National Theatre of Scotland).

The workshops are aimed at designers while the panel discussion is open to everyone. For more information, times and how to get a place on the workshops or book tickets for the panel discussion please visit The Envelope Room website.

Photo credit: Crude, 2016

Photo: Eoin carey

Set & Costume design: Becky Minto



South Bend is on the road!

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.


South Bend

By Martin McCormick

“you absolutely need to see South Bend”
Theatre Weekly

“a neatly packaged hour full of fantastic performances and impressive technical feats.”
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“full of charm and bonhomie”
The Herald

“a superb hour of theatre”
Broadway World

“A sharp, bittersweet comedy”

“an absolute gem of a show”

“blackly comic”
The Times

The List

“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+