Scotsman Fringe First
Adapted from the stories and poems of Charles Bukowski
Adapted and directed by Ben Harrison
Performed by Keith Fleming, Gail Watson & David Paul Jones
7th – 31st August 2009
Traverse@The Barony Bar. Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
And yet, without alcohol, what great works of art might we have missed, what creative revelations, what relationships, what joyous and fumbled acts of love instigated at the bar and hastily consummated after a hurried taxi-ride home?
A search for meaning and pleasure in the arms and in the bodies of a series of women drives Henry to confront the darkest corners of himself and to challenge the whole ethic of the working life. Maybe more humanity, more analysis of the human psyche could be found from the edge of a barstool than from the most wide-ranging travels or the deepest research in a library.
Barflies looks at the profound liberation of alcohol, its opening up of corners of sexuality and mental activity, as well as its more undesirable effects.
Multi-award winning Fringe favourites, Grid Iron, returned to the festival after an absence of three years with a brand new site-specific performance set in their local pub, The Barony Bar.