Devil’s Larder sets ta­ble in Oban

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

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.­rock­field­cen­tre

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