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 was an exciting International collaboration with Canada’s renowned choreographer Dana Gringas (of ‘Animals of Distinction’) and some of Canada’s finest circus artists who worked 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 told 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 were evoked and explored visually, physically and immersively in this highly ambitious musical adventure.