Alan Bissett

"A stunning piece of theatre" – TIME magazine on The Pure, the Dead & the Brilliant


The Moira Monologues at Pentland Book Festival

I’m on a wee roll! My ‘one-woman show’ The Moira Monologues sold out its run at the Edinburgh Fringe in August, my new play about Pink Floyd, One Thinks of it all as a Dream, has just done the same in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, off the back of excellent reviews, and now, as a nice one-off, I’m bringing Moira back for a night at the Pentlands Book Festival, Edinburgh, on Nov 11th. So if you didn’t manage to catch Moira during her Fringe run, now’s your chance. Tickets available here.

Now look at these lovely flashing stars.

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One Thinks of it all as a Dream

Directed by Sacha Kyle

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival have commissioned me to write a play about the life of former Pink Floyd front-man, Syd Barrett.  Entitled One Thinks of it all as a Dream, this play explores one of the most complex, enigmatic and influential musical figures of the 1960s, who would have been 70 this year had he still been alive.

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Euan Cuthbertson as Syd Barrett

Tour dates

17th – 22nd OctOran Mor, Glasgow

25th-29th Oct – Traverse, Edinburgh

1st-5th Nov –  Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

20th OctSyd Barrett: Dreams and Reality.  This will be a very special event at Oran Mor with myself, Syd’s nephew Ian Barrett and the music journalists Nicola Meighan and John Cavanagh in discussion about Barrett’s life.

The play has the blessing of the remaining members of Pink Floyd, who graciously granted us permission to use their music.  It stars Euan Cuthbertson as Syd Barrett, Andrew John Tait as Roger Waters, Ewan Petrie as Richard Wright and David James Kirkwood as Nick Mason.

Here’s an interview I conducted with The List magazine about Syd Barrett.


The Moira Monologues…return!

Tickets are NOW ONSALE for the sensational comeback of my classic ‘one-woman show’ THE MOIRA MONOLOGUES at the Edinburgh Fringe. Here’s an interview in The National about the play. You’ll honestly freakin love it. x

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Moira Bell – single mum, cleaner, hardest woman in Falkirk, and the alter ego of writer/performer Alan Bissett – is back at the Fringe for a limited run after six years’ absence. Don’t miss her!

‘It’s a – sometimes scary – pleasure to spend an evening in Moira’s company.’ **** (Independent)

‘One of the most charismatic characters to appear in Scottish theatre this decade. This is brilliant stuff… the audience were literally shouting with laughter.’ **** (Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman)

“Moira Bell is a legend.” ****The Skinny

‘Fiercely funny… rivals any stand-up the Fringe has to offer.’ **** (OnStageScotland.co.uk)

Directed by Sacha Kyle.


Pulling out – the baby’s here!

Hi Folks,

Sorry to tell you that I’ve had to pull out of all events in the coming week, as our first baby has decided to come two weeks early! I hope this isn’t too disappointing for anyone who has a ticket to come along to anything. As it happens, all these events will still go ahead and I’ll be replaced by other people who are probably better than me…

At the ‘Falkirk Voices’ event at Callendar House this Saturday 16th – as  part of the LandWords festival – the local authors will read as programmed, hosted by Dickson Telfer, but the second half – My performance of What the F**kirk – will be replaced by a special gig from Scottish Album of the Year shortlistee Adam Stafford. He’s amazing, you’ll love him. We’ll also hopefully still be showing some of the filmed extracts of What the F**kirk, so you can get a flavour of it.

For the Stage to Page event at the Tron on Monday 18th I’ll be replaced by Fiona Sturgeon Shea of the Playwrights Studio, who will host and present three performances of playscripts that I have selected from the entries, and discuss them in my absence.

At the Syd Barrett discussion on Wed 20th, for the Dust of Everyday Life festival at the CCA, the panelist will instead by John Cavanagh, who has written a book analysing Pink Floyd’s debut album

So don’t worry, peeps, you’ll still get a big night oot!  Apologies for pulling out, but it’s a very good reason eh.

x

 

 


April Showers

Hey folks! This is in case you’re still dazed by Batman and Superman pummeling each other and haven’t been paying attention to the REAL STORY which is: what is Alan Bissett up to this April?

WELL! It’s a fair old roster.

First off, I’ve written an episode of everyone’s favourite Scottish telly programme (this is actually true – they showed me the viewing figures).

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Had a lot of fun doing it. Might do it again. My episode will be screened this June.

Before then, however, I’ll be appearing on The Tuesday Review, hosted by Janice Forsyth, on BBC Radio Scotland, reviewing new STUFF, including PJ Harvey’s new album. That’s this Tues 12th April at 2pm.

On Sat 16th Apr I’m reprising my stand-up show about home-town.

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in a one-off event at Callendar House, Falkirk (6.30-8.30pm), as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Landwords. Also featured is the quicksilver genius of musician Adam Stafford, and a host of brilliant local writers reading from Alight Here: An Anthology of Falkirk Fiction, which I edited. This will be THE MOST FALKIRK NIGHT OF YOUR FREAKIN’ LIFE! Tickets here.

Next up is the Stage to Page night I’m hosting at the Tron theatre on Mon 18th April (6pm) for the Playwrights’ Studio. It involves script-in-hand performances of three new short plays I’ve selected. Should be a really cool night and a great way of seeing new talent coming through. You’ve still even got time to enter a script for it! Tickets here.

Later that week I’ll be in a discussion at the Dust of Everyday Life festival at the CCA in Glasgow on Wed 20th April (2.45pm), organised by the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF). With psychiatrist Dr Peter Byrne, I’ll be looking at the life of Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett

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ahead of the play SMHAFF commissioned from me about him, One Thinks of it all as a Dream, which opens in October. There will, however, be a sneak preview of a section of this play performed on the night. Tickets here.

On May 5th, just in case you care, I’ll be voting SNP for my constituency vote – because I trust them more than I trust parties being worked from behind by Westminster’s agenda – and RISE on the list vote

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because I want to see a pro-independence socialist party in the Scottish parliament. But you can vote how you like, of course.

All of this could be put in doubt (apart from the voting bit) as I’m about to become a daddy for the first time in the next few weeks, depending on when the wee yin’s mammy goes into labour. So if the event is cancelled at the last minute, you’ll know what happened!

In my head, I’m imagining it’ll be like this….

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Whereas, it’ll probably be more like this….

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Luckily, however, there will definitely be the return of this sassy lady at the Edinburgh Fringe, this August. That’s right, folks, she’s back…

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Stay tuned for details…


Moira is back for 2016

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%)

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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!

A.x


November & December Dates

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.