LONG LIVE THE LITTLE KNIFE

About

A dynamic, absurd and uplifting theatre piece about forgery, castration and blind drunkenness. Liz and Jim are a husband and wife team of forgers who have risen to great heights and fallen to great depths in their careers as con artists and counterfeiters. They are caught in a turf war over fake vintage handbags. They need to find £250 grand in protection money. Their Big Boss, The Wee Man, convinces them to undertake a harebrained mission to up their game and become the world’s greatest art forgers. There’s only one problem. They can’t paint.

In this fast-paced, provocative and boisterous caper Leddy finds the incongruous connections between verbatim theatre, free-market economics, the psychology of ‘truth’ and a castrated labradoodle in a classic Chanel clutch bag.

The show began life as a mini-commission for the Royal Shakespeare Company in the British Museum. It got such an overwhelming response that David Leddy brought the characters back for a full-length escapade for the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it sold out and received fifteen four star reviews.

★★★★ "Dazzling... hugely enjoyable" The Guardian
★★★★ “Brilliant… coup de théâtre.” The Scotsman
★★★★ “Perceptive… penetrating…” The Herald
★★★★ "Dazzling... vitality" The Times
★★★★ "Uplifting... triumph" Fest Magazine
★★★★ "Full of theatrical inventiveness" The Public Reviews
★★★★ "Beautiful... told by a craftsman" Fringe Review
★★★★ "Great... funny... profound." TV Bomb
★★★★ "Extraordinary...masterful..." EdFestMag
★★★★ "Sharp ideas... relentlessly bright" The List

Running time: 65 minutes

Previous Presentations

Previous performances:

WORLD PREMIERE
7 - 9 February 2013, Film City Glasgow

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2013
1 - 25 August 2013, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

SCOTTISH TOUR 2013
28 August, Craignish Village Hall, Ardfern
29 August, Dornie Hall
30 August, Ardross Community Hall
1 September, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
4 September, The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed
6 September, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
7 September, Cumbernauld Theatre
11 September, Cove Burgh Hall, Helensburgh
18 September, The CatStrand, New Galloway
20 September, Mull Theatre, Tobermory
21 September, Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

ENGLAND, MAY 2014
9 May, Diss Corn Hall, Norfolk and Norwich Festival
10 May, The Garage, Norfolk and Norwich Festival
11 May, Jubilee Hall, Norfolk and Norwich Festival
12 May, St George's, Norfolk and Norwich Festival
13 May, Wymondham, Norfolk and Norwich Festival
14 - 15 May, Brighton Dome, Brighton Festival

UK, SPRING 2015
24 - 27 Feb, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
4 March, Paisley Arts Centre
6 March, Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling
7 March, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
10 March, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon
11 March, Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli
12 March, Pontardawe Arts Centre
13 March, The Riverfront, Newport
17 March, The North Wall, Oxford
25 March, Tullynessle and Forbes Hall, Alford
26 March, Dundee Repertory Theatre
27 March, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
28 March, Woodend Barn, Banchory

February 2015, the piece was licenced out to Inis Nua Theatre Company, Philadelphia who presented 18 performances at the Off-Broad Street Theatre.

Creative Team

Written and directed by DAVID LEDDY

Performers:
Jim - NEIL MCCORMACK
Liz - WENDY SEAGER

Designer - ALI MACLAURIN
Lighting Consultant - NICH SMITH
Assistant Director - SAM ROWE

Technical Stage Manager - GERALD MCDERMOTT
Stage Manager - LINSEY JOHNSTONE

Producer - MHARI HETHERINGTON
Administrator - AIYANA D'ARCANGELO

Promoter Info

Information pack and technical specifications:
Download PDF

Availability:
Now booking spring 2015 onwards.
Also available to license production.

Scale of Venue:
Small to Medium Scale

Company size:
4 on the road

Length of show:
70mins. No interval

Description:
Text based, new writing.

Language:
English

Suitability:
16 +

Wrap-around work:
We offer a range of educational activities, including masterclasses, workshops, and post-show discussions. These are led by David Leddy or a member of the company. Please contact us for more information.

Costs:
Please contact us for more information on pricing.

To book a show or ask for additional information, please contact:

viviane (at) davidleddy.com
+44 (0) 141 552 6719 (Office)
fire.exit.glasgow (Skype)

Script

Buy the book:
LONG LIVE THE LITTLE KNIFE by David Leddy
First edition, 2013.
£9.99 + P&P.
Published and sold by Fire Exit Limited via Amazon.

The book contains:

  • Full play script

  • Introduction by the writer

  • References to all quotations and music

  • Creative team biographies

  • Deleted scenes

Extras

Newly commissioned articles on ideas from the show, behind-the-scenes photographs and featured music.

See Extras