Fire Exit is a theatre company based in Glasgow, Scotland. Their multi-award-winning work has been shown all over the world from Boston to Buenos Aires, São Paulo to Santiago, Milan to the Isle of Mull. Prizes include the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Award, a San Diego Critics’ Circle award, two different Herald Angel Awards and a Fringe First Award.
Fire Exit was established in 2002 by artistic director David Leddy, who writes and directs the company's shows. David has been described as a ‘theatrical maverick’ with a ‘propensity for fearless experiment’ by the Financial Times, a ‘site-specific genius’ by The Scotsman and an Edinburgh Fringe Festival ‘institution’ by The Independent. He was also the first person in Scotland to complete a practice-based PhD in theatre and is much sought-after as a mentor and leader of masterclasses at prestigious institutions from the Nucleo de Dramaturgia in Brazil to Yale University in the USA.
The artistic work combines the intellectual stimulation of performance art and the dynamism of new digital technologies with the emotional drive of dramatic new writing. Recent shows include International Waters, a scatological farce, like a perverse Aesop’s fable for the apocalypse; The Course of True Love, an everyday tale of caution, courage and Cleo Laine; City of the Blind, an online political thriller about a U.N. investigator caught in a web of surveillance, violence, and counter-intelligence; Horizontal Collaboration, an intense live drama where sex, power and politics collide with emotion, seduction and destruction; Long Live The Little Knife, a dynamic, absurd and uplifting theatre piece about forgery, castration and drunkenness; Sub Rosa, a gothic promenade piece in the backstage labyrinth of a Victorian theatre; Susurrus, where the audience follow a map round a botanic garden and listen to the piece on headphones; White Tea, which takes place inside a huge paper box where the audience don white paper kimonos and sip Japanese tea as the actors perform around them; and Untitled Love Story where the audience take part in a group meditation on love and art while following four interweaving stories set on the silky nocturnal waterways of Venice.
Since its establishment, equalities, diversity and inclusion have been at the heart of Fire Exit’s employment practices, business plan and, very importantly to the company, have been prominently represented on stage. The company are committed to continuing their work in this area and, where possible, to providing accessible performances and open-access creative learning programmes.
The company became a charity in 2015 and aims to make artistic experimentation more accessible to wider audiences. Committed to contributing to capacity building within the Scottish theatre sector, Fire Exit has a strong creative learning programme which includes mentoring and advisory sessions.