Happy new year, all!
This year I’m bringing back what’s probably the best thing I’ve ever done in my entire career: my ‘one-woman show’, The Moira Monologues. You will love it. I’m, like, 98.8% sure.
(covering my back with that 1.2%)
performing as Moira in 2010, photo by Neil Thomas Douglas
14th Jan (Thurs) – I’ll be at the Drouthy Cobbler in Elgin . Tickets are available here. Cracking atmosphere in the Cobbler. I took my show Ban This Filth! there two years ago and it was easily the best night of the tour.
11th March (Fri) – Moira will be at the Tron theatre for the Glasgow Comedy Festival. It’s her first Glasgow appearance for five years. Should be a big wan. Tickets available here.
‘Moira is Scotland’s newest stage superstar.’ – The List
‘Moira’s the most charismatic character on a Scottish stage in a decade. She’s also so funny that some in the audience were literally shouting with laughter.’ (**** Joyce McMillan – The Scotsman)
‘Bissett writes with eagle-eyed vim. His Moira lurches from a foul-mouthed Rottweiler who could give Malcolm Tucker a run for his money to maudlin softie in the time it takes to smoke a fag.’ (Alice Jones – The Independent)
See yese there!
Things get busy for me this winter, so come along and let’s get out of the cold:
November 25th (Wed) @ Central Library, Stirling. Claire Squires chairs a panel of myself, Shari Lowe, Lisa Ballantyne and Billy Letford, discussing “What books and my library means to me”. Part of Book Week Scotland, this event is free but ticketed, with a 7pm start, and you can find out more here.
November 26th (Thurs) @ Currie Library, Edinburgh. Join me for some warmth, tips on how to write, and good old fashioned banter. Part of Book Week Scotland, this event is free but ticketed, with a 3:30pm start, and you can find out more here.
Also November 26th (Thurs) @ Falkirk Library, Falkirk. I will be joining Helen Mackinven for an evening of book and bairn chat. Tickets are £5.50, with a 7pm start, and you can find out more here.
December 3rd (Thurs) @ Behind The Wall, Falkirk. Join me, Adam Stafford, The Grind, Helen MacKinven and more for the launch of [Untitled] 6. Tickets are £7 in advance or £10 on the door, with a 7pm start, and you can find out more here.
Hot off the heels of my What the F**kirk? tour from earlier this year, I will be exclusively performing my ‘one-woman show’ The Moira Monologues for the first time in five years.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Moira Bell – cleaner, single mother and the hardest woman in Falkirk – at 7pm, Behind The Wall, Falkirk, on October 16th.
‘Moira’s the most charismatic character on a Scottish stage in a decade. She’s also so funny that some in the audience were literally shouting with laughter.” 4 stars (Scotsman)
Tickets are £10/£8 and available here.
Dewar’s, Neu! Reekie! & FOUND are teaming up to take to the road with some of their finest guests.
Swapping stories for whisky and visiting faces and places, the whole affair will be captured for broadcast and beyond, and I’ll be making an appearance on the following dates:
Wednesday 15th July – Ullapool – The Ceilidh Place:
With Bill Ryder-Jones & Company, Found, Miss Irenie Rose, Michael Pedersen, Kevin Williamson
Friday 17th July – Oban – Oban Chocolate Company:
With Bill Ryder-Jones & Company, Found, Michael Pedersen, Kevin Williamson
Sunday 19th July – Skye – The Skye Festival at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig:
With Carla Easton (TeenCanteen), Bill Ryder-Jones & Company, Found, Michael Pedersen, Kevin Williamson
Thursday 23rd July – Helensburgh – Tower Arts:
With Withered Hand, Hollie McNish, Ross Sinclair, Found, Michael Pedersen, Kevin Williamson
I will be performing my new play, What The F**kirk?, this summer. It’s a light-hearted look at the story of the Falkirk area, and coincides with the release of ‘Alight Here: An Anthology of Falkirk Writing’; 20 pieces of new writing and poetry by authors living and working in Falkirk, including Janet Paisely and Aidan Moffat.
Tickets for What The F**kirk? are now available from The Steeple Box Office on 01324 506850, or online here.
You can find out more in my chat with the Falkirk Herald.
I’ll be taking to the stage on Tuesday May 12th as part of Off the Page, Stirling’s Book Festival.
It’s a 7:30pm start at St Ninian’s Library, and tickets are £5/£3. You can get them from the library in person or call 01786 472069 .
For more info, have a look at the Off the Page website.
April 18th sees me transforming from seductive murderess Black Widow to foul-mouthed chain-smoking Falkirk lass to a range of Scottish fairytale creatures for my Greatest Theatrical Hits show.
To celebrate the release of my Collected Plays anthology, I’ll be performing some highlights from my back catalogue at the Mitchell Library for Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival. The show starts at 3pm and you can buy tickets here.
‘Bissett is a terrific performer, capable of terrifying, high-speed transitions…[has] wit, sharp political intelligence, and an ability to entertain his growing army of fans.’ – Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
‘Bissett’s a joy to watch.’ – Fest Magazine