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.
8.15pm at Levels, Pleasance Pop Up
(Levels Café and Lounge, 9C Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8FQ)
2-24 Aug (not Tues)
BSL 9 & 21 Aug AD 22 Aug Cap 19 & 20 Aug
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Meet the Cast
Meet the Creative Team
Meet Grid Iron
Meet the Scottish Drama Training Network
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.
“Grid Iron is not just a Scottish national treasure but one of the companies that has shaped British theatre over the last 20 years.”
“One of Scotland’s boldest and most influential groups of the last two decades”
“A team bursting with talent"
“One of the Top 5 shows to see at the Fringe”
“One hell of an impressive show.”