Adapted and directed by Ben Harrison
From the novel by Erlend Loe, translated by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw
An outdoor, site-responsive performance for a seated audience.
WORLD PREMIERE OF LIVE PERFORMANCES!
6th – 23rd August 2021 as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The woodland of Newhailes House and Gardens, Musselburgh.
A National Trust for Scotland property.
Doppler had everything. He thought.
Wife, two kids, 23-hour working week and time to ride his bicycle. Until the accident. Now he lives in a forest just outside Oslo with a baby elk.
Come into the woods with Grid Iron for this funny and subversive fable about existence, consumerism and trying to live life in isolation when people just won’t leave you alone.
In August 2020, Grid Iron came so very, very close to giving some live performances of this show but, thwarted at the eleventh hour, we changed plans and decamped to a gorgeous woodland in Gifford, East Lothian, to film the production.
Our plans were thwarted even further by the arrival of Storm Francis on our shores…
We took the footage we were able to gather between the downpours, edited it together with Zoom recordings of production meetings and rehearsals and added interviews with the cast, production team and leading industry figures to create a documentary film called Doppler: The Story So Far.
Viewed during it’s first release by just under 10,000 people, the documentary is once again free to view on YouTube via the link below so please watch if you haven’t already.
But now, we are beyond excited to be able to share with you all the information you need to book to come and see Doppler in person in a shady woodland glade in the beautiful grounds of Newhailes House, Musselburgh.
This production has been rehearsed and delivered in line with all current Scottish Government Covid Safety guidelines which includes social distancing and bi-weekly Lateral Flow Testing for our whole team.
For performances prior to 10th August, our seating layout and audience capacity will reflect 1m social distancing.
After this date, if social distancing restrictions have been lifted, we will still leave a comfortable distance between seats.
We will require you to give your contact details for NHS Scotland Test and Protect and we ask you to wear a face mask when approaching members of our team and when visiting any of the indoor facilities on site.
If you have access requirements please only enter Newhailes House and Gardens from Newhailes Road.
The performance location is outdoors, in the woodland area of Newhailes Estate, near the Shell Grotto.
It is approximately 10 minutes from the car park and 7 minutes from the Café/toilet complex along a fairly even compact path.
You will encounter a manual gate and a slight slope down to the performance location. Newhailes is a popular spot for dog-walkers so you can expect to encounter dogs as you make your way around the estate.
Grid Iron Front of House Staff will be visible around site from 15 minutes before each performance however, in advance of that, should you have any specific needs or worries please contact Judith on 07855-841-545 prior to booking so she can more fully describe the surroundings.
Newhailes is well served for public transport with buses stopping near the main entrance on Newhailes Road as well as the back entrance on Brunstane Mill Road (off Milton Road East).
There is no vehicle access to the Estate from Brunstane Mill Road.
For more travel information and directions, please visit:
This is an outdoor, seated performance. Our location is approximately 7 minutes walk from the car park at the Newhailes Road entrance and a 5 minute walk from the entrance off Brunstane Mill Road. Toilets are located at the Stables Courtyard, approximately 5 minutes from the performance location.
Please wear layers, bring a waterproof coat (NOT an umbrella as this will destroy sightlines for others) and don’t forget suntan lotion and midge spray. Our location is under trees which will provide some protection from the sun but will not protect from the rain.
“The Grid Iron documentary seems set to emerge as a small classic of reflection on these pandemic times, in terms both of their impact on theatre companies and artists, and of those deeper issues about modern western lifestyle raised by the Doppler story itself.”
“Engaging documentary of how one production adapted and evolved over the course of the coronavirus pandemic.”
“Great respect is due to the theatre-makers who have created all manner of online works in spite of the coronavirus. However, Grid Iron has made something even more worthwhile, namely, a eulogy to live theatre and a prayer for its rapid return”
“you have a sense of a juggernaut of talent and energy at work… This documentary is spot on, cogent and trenchant. Doppler questions our materialist culture; urges renewed connection with nature; and reminds us to see the good in people. All of which matter hugely at a time when events have forced us apart. Will we choose a different life when we have choices again?”
“Sean Hay and Itxaso Moreno display remarkable diversity in multiple roles: Hay’s ability to invest real import and depth in the slightest characters and Moreno’s brilliant physical presence (notably as an elk calf befriended by Doppler) help give resonance to this tale of self-isolating – albeit self-imposed.”
“edifying, surprising and deeply human… This may sound like it is of minority interest at best, and certainly the prospect of watching other people’s Zoom meetings is not one that instantly appeals. However, this is a beautifully judged and excellently put together film… more of a quietly defiant look ahead than an elegiac rumination on things lost that should prove involving for anyone”
“a fascinating insight into the process of putting on a play. Grid Iron has won awards for pushing the boundaries and, again, it doesn’t disappoint.”
Writer & Director:
Finance & Development Manager:
David A. Pollock
Musician and Live Foley:
Set & Costume Designer:
(2020 & Pre-rehearsal 2021):
Production Manager (2021):
Deputy Stage Manager:
Front of House Manager:
Support (Technical Support):
Production Design Assistant:
Rosie Bans / Delilah Rose Neil
Production Design Placement:
Press & Marketing:
The Corner Shop Scotland
Paul Belmonte & Rachel Amey
This production is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend, Angela Wrapson, who made it possible for us to perform as part of Stavanger2008 European Capital of Culture and who looked after us so well on our Norwegian adventures.