Devil’s Larder sets table in Oban
Scotland’s most prestigious site specialist theatre company Grid Iron is remounting its huge Edinburgh Fringe hit of 2005, The Devil’s Larder. Adapted from Jim Crace’s novella, with beautiful and haunting live music and storytelling, this promenade piece takes audiences through the culinary underworld, this time set in Oban’s Rockfield Centre.
One of the company’s best-loved shows, it received many awards, including a Scotsman Fringe First and a Herald Archangel when it played at Edinburgh’s Debenhams store during Fringe 2005.
Jim Crace’s novella is teasingly dark and saucy, and forms the basis for an unnerving journey into a Devil’s larder; an uncanny examination of the envy, love, revenge, hypocrisy, loss and lust that seethes beneath the false calm of a menu, a shopping list and an innocent recipe. It is a performance to tickle everyone’s taste buds – deliciously wicked, melancholic and erotic.
The four-strong cast of Johnny Austin, Charlene Boyd, Ashley Smith and Antony Strachan play an array of characters, from bored friends at a dinner party in desperate need of excitement, a devilish couple lost at sea, and a man with an artichoke growing inside him, to an elderly woman seasoning food with her late husband’s ashes.
David Paul Jones’ music – performed and sung live – with The Poozies’ star Mary Macmaster on harp creates an unforgettable, atmospheric experience and a beautiful background for this mischievously delightful show.
Friday November 6 at 7.30pm, Saturday 7 at 2pm & 6pm, Sunday 8 at 2pm. Tickets £10. Box office: 07762 756 072; www.ticketsource. co.uk/therockfieldcentre