GRIT The Martyn Bennett Story

Photographer Bj Stewart, artwork by Linda Dunwoodie.

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" . . .you have a show which brings together the traditional and the modern in humorous, moving and thrilling collision. It is difficult to imagine a more appropriate tribute to Martyn Bennett".

Telegraph - 4 stars


A co-production between Pachammama productions, Tramway and Comar.

Conceived for the stage and directed by Cora Bissett. Written by Kieran Hurley 

An ambitious new cross-form, Scots-Canadian site specific production based on the inspiring life and music of one of Scotland's most innovative, pioneering and influential musicians; the tragically late Martyn Bennett. Directed by multi-award winning director Cora Bissett (Olivier award-winning RoadKill, Creative Scotland award-winning Whatever gets You through the Night and Glasgow Girls.)

Reflecting Martyn's own Scots-Canadian heritage, GRIT: The Martyn Bennett Story will be an exciting International collaboration with Canada's renowned choreographer Dana Gringas (of 'Animals of Distinction') and some of Canada’s finest circus artists who will both work alongside an ensemble of Scotland's  dance and aerial artists, actors, live folk singers, and classical musicians, whilst of course featuring Martyn's groundbreaking dance music in it's original form.
This production will tell the painful yet inspiring story of a young man's phenomenal musical imagination, and his fierce fight against the cancer which ultimately robbed him of his short life at 33. His passion, his fierce love of life, music, the country and people who inspired his ground breaking creations are evoked and explored visually, physically and immersively in this highly ambitious musical adventure.
"It's not how long you live, it's what you do with the time you've got"
GRIT . .  will be complemented by a mini-music festival of artists inspired by Martyn's work at An Tobar on Mull 19 - 22 June
Production details
Preview 30 & 31 May £8/6
Tue 3 - Sat 7 June at 7:30pm £15/10
Thu 5 & Sat 7 at 2pm £12/8
Schools £6
Additional Events:
Wed 4 June: Post show talk with the cast, Cora Bissett, writer Kieran Hurley and friends of Martyn.
Thu 5 June: Audio described performance.
Fri 6 June 6pm: Pre-show in Gaelic and English: Margaret Bennett, mother of Martyn Bennett (esteemed singer/folklorist/writer), in conversation with Timothy Neat (film-maker/biographer of Hamish Henderson).   
Sat 7 June: There will be BSL signed performances at the matinee and evening performance.
There are “no parking” cones along Albert Drive on both sides of the road.
Therefore parking is restricted and it is advisable to allow extra time if you arriving by car for the performance.