PRESS RELEASE: The Brunch Club

Grid Iron, The Network and Pleasance Theatre Trust presents:

The Brunch Club

Rebel, Geek, Emo, which were you? Or Popular, even if you didn’t want to be?

Bringing together the finest of Scotland’s new theatre talent, The Network, with Grid Iron, the company that has been instrumental in shaping innovative British theatre over the last 20 years and the Pleasance, one of the largest and most respected organisations at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Brunch Club is a site-specific homage to all those classic coming-of-age movies.

Devised with the Ensemble and written and directed by Grid Iron Co-Artistic Director Ben Harrison, The Brunch Club traces the origins of teenage cliques from ‘the invention of the teenager’ in the 1940s to how they manifest in the world we live in today.  Eight young people gather in a university student union cafe where they form alliances, fall in and out of love, and learn from the friction and energy created between one clique and another.

With a brilliant soundtrack representing youthful angst, joy, terror and rage, The Brunch Club challenges expectations and exposes the limitations of judging a book by its cover.

Grid Iron transform the University of Edinburgh’s Levels Café and Lounge while the cast, drawn from recent drama graduates from all over Scotland, tackle issues that are relevant to us all.

Following a full run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Brunch Club will transfer to the University of the West of Scotland Ayr Campus for performances as part of their Fresher’s Week activities.

A unique co-production between Grid Iron (“one of the best exponents of the site-specific genre in the world”, Scotsman),  Scottish Drama Training Network (“a beautifully pitched piece of theatre” Scotsman on Propeller, 2018) and Pleasance Futures (“Launchpad for new talent and ideas”, Theatre Weekly) The Brunch Club is a fanfare from the last years of adolescence and an exploration of the continuing need to categorise ourselves in an increasingly complicated world.


The Brunch Club is supported by Creative Scotland, SDTN, Scottish Funding Council, Pleasance Futures, Edinburgh College, University of the West of Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, The Robertson Trust, Labyrinth Trust  and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.

Show Details:



Venue 175: Pleasance Pop-Up:  Levels
Levels Café and Lounge, 9C Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8FQ



2 & 3 Aug:  8.15pm (60 mins)



4 – 24 Aug (not Tues): 8.15pm (60 mins)


Access performances:       


BSL 9 & 21 Aug

Audio Described 22 Aug

Captioned 19 & 20 Aug


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To book review tickets for this show please contact the Pleasance Press Office:

0131 556 6557

For more information on The Brunch Club please contact:

Judith Doherty (Grid Iron)                            or                            Karen Townsend (SDTN)                                                         



Grid Iron

“Grid Iron is not just a Scottish national treasure but one of the companies that has shaped British theatre over the last 20 years.”   The Guardian


Grid Iron is an Edinburgh based new writing theatre company which specialises in creating site-specific and location theatre although it also produces work for the stage. During its 22 years it has received 31 awards and a further 24 nominations covering all aspects of its work from acting, writing and use of music to stage management, design and technical expertise.

Its adventures have taken in extraordinary places; from the slopes of Edinburgh Zoo to a massive oil-rig manufacturing shed in Dundee, a boat-builders island in a Norwegian fjord, to the former General Security building in Beirut, a working cancer hospital in Jordan, the old City Morgue in Cork, the largest climbing arena in Europe and parks, housing estates, playing fields and bars (for performances as well as recreation!) around Scotland and Britain.

It has made co-productions with many partners including the National Theatre of Scotland, the Traverse Theatre, Dundee Rep Theatre, The Almeida Theatre London, Stellar Quines and Lung Has Theatre Company and has delivered two European Capital of Culture Commissions (Cork 2005 and Stavanger 2008). It has performed thirteen times at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and twice at both Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh International Science Festival. In 2014, Grid Iron was the first theatre company to work in co-production with Edinburgh International Book Festival on Letters Home, supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and part of Culture 2014, Glasgow’s cultural celebration of the Commonwealth Games.

One of Scotland’s boldest and most influential groups of the last two decades
The Telegraph


Scottish Drama Training Network

“A team bursting with talent “– Edinburgh Festival Magazine

“One of the Top 5 shows to see at the Fringe” – Mark Lawson Guardian

“One hell of an impressive show.” London City Nights


The Scottish Drama Training Network (SDTN) is a unique organisation dedicated to developing practice-based drama training in Scotland. A Scottish Funding Council Initiative, SDTN is based at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and is a network organisation of 17 colleges and higher education institutions who provide practical drama training in Theatre, Film, Television and Radio subjects. SDTN works in partnership with education and industry to support the development of publicly funded, practice-based, drama provision in Scotland.

The SDTN Colleges and Higher Education Institutions are:

Ayrshire College, City of Glasgow College, Dundee and Angus College, Edinburgh College, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Napier University, Fife College, Glasgow Clyde College, Glasgow Kelvin College, Inverness College UHI, New College Lanarkshire, North East Scotland College, Perth College UHI, Queen Margaret University, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the West of Scotland, West College Scotland



Pleasance Theatres Trust & Pleasance Futures

Pleasance Futures nurtures ambition and encourages excellence.

In 2019 the Pleasance celebrates its 35th season presenting work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Each year the Pleasance presents around 250 shows on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, selling almost 25% of all tickets on the festival. In 2015 the Trust launched Pleasance Futures. This development strand of the Pleasance directly funds specific opportunities for people both on and off stage. Each year the Pleasance commits around £130,000 into selected Pleasance Futures projects.

The Pleasance is a not for profit organisation with venues in Edinburgh during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and two venues and rehearsal rooms in London that operate all year round. The Pleasance has become world renowned for spotting great talent and has been the launch pad for a great many careers in the entertainment industry, creating a network of people performing and working in the creative industries that now spans the globe.



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