: : David returns to Brazil : :
Artistic Director David returns to Brazil this March conducting workshops and attending the opening of Susurrus.
David will run a practical discussion workshop with Belo Horizonte based Grupo Espanca and emerging professional theatre makers on developing multi-artform performance.
Susurrus will open at Instituto Inhotim, a museum and contemporary art gallery set in a sprawling botanical garden in Brumadinho, Brazil. The piece will run throughout March and April.
David will also run a practical discussion workshop for writers of contemporary performance (Núcleo de Dramaturgia) in Sao Paulo.
: : Admin Assistant vacancy : :
Part Time (0.5 FTE) Administrative Assistant vacancy
£11,000 per annum (20 hours per week - £22,000 pro-rata)
Fire Exit seeks to appoint a skilled and experienced Administrative Assistant to join the small, dynamic team to progress this internationally focussed theatre company based in Glasgow.
For more information, please download the Job Description and Information Pack (click here) .
: : Update : : Applications now closed
The deadline for applications has now closed. Short listed candidates will be contacted during the week commencing 11 February. Interviews will take place on Monday 18 February in Glasgow.
: : November & December 2012 : :
David has been developing a piece for the Royal Shakespeare Company that will be presented at the British Museum Reading Room in this November.
Thin Air has been created to respond to exhibits with the British Museum’ exhibition -– Shakespeare: Staging the World which runs until 25 November as part of the World Shakespeare Festival which is being produced by the RSC for London 2012.
In December, work begins on a related piece Long Live the Little Knife. More on this very soon...
: : March & April 2012: :
Artistic Director David, Producer Di and Administrator Mhari are attending IETM this month (Informal European Theatre Meeting) conference in Copenhagen this March along with 700 other delegates from the performing arts sector who work across the world.
David is writing a new piece to be presented in spring 2013, to be co-produced with Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Oxford Playhouse.
David will return to Copenhagen for the development of International Waters, in May.
: : Susurrus award win : :
WINNER - Outstanding Special Event (SD Critics Circle Awards, USA)
News just in from California, USA: Susurrus has just won Outstanding Special Event at San Diego's Critics Circle Awards for the presentation at San Diego Botanic Garden that took place in September 2011. The initial run presented by La Jolla Playhouse was extended due to popular demand.
The North County Times, called Susurrus: "A theatrical adventure not to be missed"
: : January & February 2012 : :
Artistic Director David and Producer Di start the year by attending the ISPA (International Society for Performing Arts) conference in New York.
Preparations are also underway for David to return to Copenhagen for the development of International Waters, later in the spring.
: : November & December 2011 : :
Susurrus was recently shown in Cerro Santa Lucia, Santiago de Chile and San Diego Botanic Garden, California. Both runs were extended due to popular demand.
Also, David's on his way to Copenhagen to continue developing a collaboration with Mungo Park Theatre. Discussions at present include a vibrating seating bank, 1930s cruise liners and performing in five different languages at the same time.
: : September and October 2011 : :
September begins with a tour of our Edinburgh Fringe hit Untitled Love Story with presentations in Cumbernauld, Paisley, Glenrothes, Aberdeen, Stirling, and Peebles.
Untitled Love Story had tremendous reactions from audiences and critics alike last month in Edinburgh. There were queues around the block at our venue and four and five star reviews of the piece:
"A subtle, thoughtful and glorious work." Edinburgh Evening News
"A deliciously languid piece of work." The Herald
“Blissful, sickening, tragic and heartfelt” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
... and the punters said:
"I loved it. The set, the costumes, the music, the performances, the writing, the ideas. It has somewhat haunted me since. Thank you."
"The concept; the content; the staging; the meditation; the rain; venice; the music were erotic, exciting, mesmerising, enrapturing and transporting."
"I found it a totally moving experience and was bought to tears by the performances. Top quality writing, staging and acting. I can't recommend this enough."
Artistic Director David is off to San Diego in California where Susurrus will be presented at San Diego Public Garden by La Jolla Playhouse. He then journeys on to Santiago in Chile where Susurrus will be presented at Cerro Santa Lucia.
: : August Update : : Untitled Love Story
'Brilliant' (Louise Welsh, BBC Radio 4's The Saturday Review)
'Glorious' (Edinburgh Evening News)
★★★★(The Financial Times)
★★★★★ (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)
★★★★ (Edinburgh Evening News)
It's just week one of the festival and we're thrilled to tell you that we've queues stretching around the block of our venue and four and five star reviews!
We’ve had tremendous reactions from audiences via twitter, facebook and from emails. If you’ve seen Untitled Love Story we’d love to hear what you thought so do let us know.
Watch the 'Untitled Love Story' trailer online!
: : July & August 2011 : :
July begins with rehearsals for our new work Untitled Love Story which previews at the Tramway from 28-30, and premieres at St George’s West on Shandwick Place in Edinburgh from 5-29 August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011.
The audience are asked to close their eyes, relax and visualise a journey through Venice with four different characters across four different decades.
Artistic Director David is just back from the International Society for Performing Arts’ Toronto Congress, where he was speaking to theatre for non-traditional spaces.
After presentations of Susurrus in Boston, Dresden, Margam and Sao Paulo, the show takes a wee break before opening in San Diego and Chile this September.
: : May and June 2011 : :
May can only mean that performances of Susurrus are about to begin. Production assistant Stef is off to Dresden to set up for the presentation in the city’s botanical garden as part of Societaets Theater’s Szene Schottland festival.
Artistic Director David commences his whirlwind tour of North America, stopping in San Diego, Boston, New York and Toronto.
In Boston, David will be overseeing the presentation of Susurrus by Emerson Arts, then to New York where Anne Bogart’s company SITI will present a reading of David’s new work Faction.
In June we present Susurrus in Margam, near Swansea before David continues his travels by running away to São Paulo, Brazil where SESI will present Susurrus in Iberapuera Park.
: : Spring update : :
We start March with a work-in-progress performance of our new show Untitled Love Story. The audience are asked to close their eyes, relax and visualise a journey through Venice with four different characters across four different decades.
Straight after the work-in-progress we’ll continue plotting and planning to premiere it properly at Edinburgh Fringe in August.
Artistic Director David will be off to Oxford for a week of development on a new site-based show using smartphones and GPS technology called Cities of the Blind.
Production assistant Stef is off to Germany to plan the walking route for Susurrus in Dresden Botanical Garden.
The next actual show is a presentation of Susurrus in Boston, USA in May followed by a reading in New York City of a new play called Faction.
: : New Year Developments : :
Producer Di Robson of DREAM will be in NYC for a series of meetings about future projects with colleagues from the USA and around the world.
David is working on the next draft of a new piece called Untitled Love Story. We're aiming for a second development week at the end of February after holding a rehearsed reading in December.
In the meantime he's off to Copenhagen and then Umeå in Sweden (pronounced Oomayo, kids) for two other potential projects with international partners.
Production assistant Stef Smith is off to Wales to traipse round in the woods to plan the walking route for a presentation of Susurrus.
Next actual show is a showing of Susurrus in Boston in May followed by a reading in New York of a new play called Faction.
: : Susurrus grand tour continues : :
Fresh from Sub Rosa success David is whisked away to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where UMS are presenting Susurrus until 3 October.
The whirlwind that is Susurrus sends David off to Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Rio and Santiago where the piece will be presented in 2011. There are some brilliant pictures from David's trip to South America here.
After a brief respite in Glasgow, David was back off to Columbus, Ohio, where the Wexner Center presented Susurrus (a huge success including an extended run of a week), then onto New York and finally off to see the opening of Susurrus at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
The final presentation of Susurrus of 2010 takes place in sunny old Glasgow (phew) as part of the IETM Conference: Voices.
: : Sub Rosa at the Edinburgh Fringe : :
***** The Metro
**** The Guardian
**** The Herald
**** The List
**** The Evening Standard
WINNER - Herald Angel Award
Following on from Sub Rosa's sold out show at the Citizens Theatre in 2009, Fire Exit are presenting David Leddy's Sub Rosa in a working Masonic lodge, which fits perfectly with the themes and atmosphere of the piece, particularly that of hidden, secret spaces that gives Sub Rosa its title.
Fire Exit is the only company to have ever been given use of the whole building for a performance (it normally opens only two rooms as a Fringe venue). Of particular interest is the use of the Mason's 'museum' room of Masonic artefacts, which is not normally open to the public.
More information on Sub Rosa
Book Tickets for Sub Rosa
: : David does digital : :
David has finally given in to the digital era. You can now follow him on Facebook (click here) and on Twitter (click here)
: : Susurrus goes international : :
The phenomenal success of Susurrus just keeps on going. This year it goes to New Haven, London, Ann Arbor, Columbus and Washington.
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
June 12-26, 2010 : : International Festival of Arts and Ideas : : (Click here for info)
19 June - 1 August 2010 : : The Gate Theatre Outdoors in Holland Park : : (Click here for info)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA – September 2010
Columbus, Ohio, USA – October 2010
Washington, DC, USA – October 2010
Boston, Massachusetts, USA – May 2011
: : Sub Rosa at Edinburgh Fringe, August 2010 : :
Sub Rosa is back. When David first presented this piece in 2009 it got such a wildly positive reaction with sell-out audiences, rave reviews and a slew of award nominations. One audience member even came back the next night with a case of champagne for the cast!
This time the show is being presented late at night in a wood-panelled eighteenth century Masonic lodge. You really can’t get a better match for a story about secrecy. Some of the rooms have never been opened to the public and contain Masonic artefacts dating back to 1599!
Watch a trailer of the original production here
5-30 August 2010 (not Tuesdays)
22.20, 22.40, 23.00, 23.20, 00.00, 00.20, 00.40 (7 shows per night, 1h 40m duration)
Hill Street Theatre, 19 Hill Street, Edinburgh (venue no. 41)
Box Office: 0131 226 6522, Edinburgh Fringe 0131 226 0000
: : David goes on a date : :
David recently started working on a project with Intercult from Sweden where he will be sent on an ‘artistic date’ with an artist from another discipline in a mystery European city. The two of them will be sent to a city chosen by Intercult and spend a few days exploring the city and formulating artistic responses to the city with each other.
: : Sunday Times profile of 'Scotland's edgiest young playwright' : :
Click here to have a look at the recent profile of David in the Sunday Times. Apparently 36 still counts as young. Who knew? David has cancelled the botox appointment.