From July 27th – August 2nd Falkirk is home to a new artist-run festival. For Falkirk’s Sake features films, music, plays and spoken word, and I’ll be taking part on Wednesday 30th July. I’ll be doing a compilation of my ‘best bits’ from 7:30pm at Behind The Wall (Alehouse) and afterwards there is a showcase of Falkirk talent including Gordon Legge and Janet Paisley.
Tickets are just £7 and are available at the Steeple Box Office, Falkirk High Street, or by phoning 01324 506850.
What would happen if the bogles, banshees, demons and selkies of Scots folklore were involved in the independence referendum? Elaine C Smith leads a cast of some of Scotland’s finest actors, and surprise cameos, in Alan Bissett’s sparkling satire.
The Pure, The Dead, and The Brilliant runs from July 31st to August 24th at The Ballroom, The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Tickets are available here and you can RSVP here.
Grab a drink and pull up a chair for a group therapy session with a difference!
Jacqueline (pure name “Jacquoranda”) has seen the light. She’s conquered her demons, achieved inner peace and met the man of her dreams. Or has she?
Put yourself in Jacquoranda’s hands in this highly interactive and entertaining play by Alan Bissett and let her guide you through a voyage of self-discovery. Or something like that. Just make sure you keep an eye on your drink at all times!
As Jacquoranda teeters on the edge of the wagon, she slowly reveals the truth behind her newly enlightened status and the audience, in turn, achieve a breakthrough of their own. Just not the one you’re expecting…
Tue 17 Jun: 8pm The Green Hotel, Kinross
Wed 18 Jun: 8pm Kenmore Hotel, Kenmore
Thu 19 Jun: 8pm McKays Bar & Restaurant, Pitlochry
Fri 20 Jun: 8pm The Famous Grouse Experience, Crieff
Tue 24 Jun: 8pm Blair Atholl Village Hall, Blair Atholl
Wed 25 Jun: 8pm Dunning Hotel, Dunning
Thu 26 Jun: 6pm Taybank Hotel, Dunkeld
Fri 27 Jun: 8pm Redrooms, Perth Theatre
Fri 28 Jun: 8pm Redrooms, Perth Theatre
£5; no concessions
Age guidance: 16+
Tickets are available to book here.
Yes in the Park is an event being organised centrally within Lanarkshire to promote the benefits of Scottish Independence. It will take place in Strathclyde Park on Saturday 7th of June, featuring guest speakers and live music, and I will be onstage at 1:20pm.
Tickets are free and available here.
At this years’ Aye Write Festival I’ll be discussing masculinity alongside Luke Brown on Friday, 4th of April. Tickets and more information are available here.
If you missed my solo show Ban This Filth! at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe you can see it again on:
Wednesday 9th of April, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th @ The Arches, Glasgow. Tickets are £12/10 and available to book here.
Then, the following week, I’ll be taking the show on the road, and you’ll be able to see Ban This Filth! on:
April 15th (Tues) @ Glen Urquhart Public Hall, Drumnadrochit. Doors open at 7:30pm and tickets are available here.
April 16th (Wed) @ Mull Theatre, Tobermory. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are available here.
April 17th (Thurs) @ Dunoon Burgh Hall, Dunoon. Doors open at 7pm and more information is available here.
April 19th (Sat) @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, Strathpeffer. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are available here.
April 20th (Sun) @ The Drouthy Cobbler Bar, Elgin. Doors open at 7:30pm and tickets are available here.
I’ve got a couple of gigs on:
March 5th (Wed) @ Victoria Halls, Sinclair Street, Helensburgh. Come along and hear the case for a Yes vote in September’s referendum, then put your questions to speakers Feargal Dalton (Ex Lieutenant Commander R.N. (Submarines)), Michelle Thomson (Director of Business For Scotland), Robin McAlpine (Director of Jimmy Reid Foundation) and myself. For more info and to RSVP, click here.
March 6th (Thurs) @ The Counting House (Pear Tree), West Nicholson Street, Edinburgh.The Significant Seven – 7 of Scotland’s most exciting writers, including me, Vicki Jarrett, Graham Fulton, Allan Wilson, Rachel McCrum, Dickson Telfer and Samuel Best. Free and unticketed. 7:30pm start.
March 7th (Fri) @ The Glad Cafe, Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow. Greendig 2 – a comedy night hosted by the Glasgow Green Party. Featuring me, Ally Houston, Patrick Rolink and Andy Reid (compere). £8 waged, £5 unwaged/NMW. Pay on the door. Reserve your place by RSPVing here.
March 11th (Tues) @ Dobbie Hall, Main Street, Larbert. Yes Stenhousemuir and Larbert public meeting. Chairing the meeting is Michael Matheson MSP and on the panel are Sarah-Jane Walls (Business for Scotland and Women4Independence), Allan Grogan (Leader of Labour for Independence), Fiona Hyslop (Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs), Connor Cloughley (Larbert High School Pupil) and myself. Doors open at 7pm.
March 26th (Wed) @ Dalkeith Arts Centre. Yes Dalkeith public meeting. Speakers include Joan MacAlpine MSP (Journalist), Natalie McGarry (Women for Independence), and myself. Doors open at 7pm.
March 27th (Thurs) @ St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy. Yes Kirkcaldy public meeting. Doors open at 7pm .
March 28th (Fri) @ MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen. Aberdeen’s weekend of Yes. Speakers include Patrick Harvey MSP (Scottish Green Party), Allan Grogan (Labour for Independence), Natalie McGarry (Women for Independence) and myself. Doors open at 7:30pm.
Dear Yes Scotland/Alan Bissett supporters! A special shout-out. My team and I are calling upon you to help fund our pro-indy play The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant
at the Fringe this August, one month before the referendum. It’s a great, rambunctious, rallying-call of a script, but it needs you before it can reach a stage! There are lots of goodies in return for your donation and you can pledge support here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-pure-the-dead-and-the-brilliant
I’d appreciate it so very, very much.