Alan Bissett

Playwright, novelist, performer, bletherer.

Red Hourglass – reviews and tour dates

My new solo show, The Red Hourglass, in which I play several species of spider, had a very successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, and is now ready to go on its Scottish tour.  Come along and see it.  Here’s where it’s stopping off:

  • FALKIRK Wed 19th Sept, 7.30pm – Falkirk Town Hall, book here
  • BANCHORY Thurs 20th Sept, 7.30pm – Woodend Barn,, book here
  • ST ANDREWS Wed 3rd-Sat 6th Oct, 8pm, Byre Theatre, book here
  • BATHGATE Wed 24th Oct, 7.30pm – Regal Theatre, book here
  • INVERNESS Fri 26th Oct, 8pm – Eden Court, book here
  • EDINBURGH Sat 27th Oct, 7pm – Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Radical Book Fair, here
  • GLASGOW Tues 13th-Wed 14th Nov, 7.30pm – The Arches, book tickets here
  • IRVINE Fri 16th Nov, Harbour Arts, book tickets on 01294 274059
The Red Hourglass

The Bruce meets the Spider

And, in case you’re wondering why you should bother, here are some of the reviews from the Edinburgh Fringe run:

‘Highly entertaining…Bissett’s witty, well-observed writing combines well with his bold, shape-changing performance…A delightfully unusual piece of theatre.’ – Mark Brown, The Herald

‘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

**** 4 StarsWho knew it could be so enjoyable to spend an evening trapped in a room with a gang of man-sized spiders? A real Fringe gem.’ Alice Jones, The Independent

***** 5 stars ‘Long awaited, after the smash-hit success of The Moira Monologues, Alan Bissett’s new drama, is an equally hilarious series of monologues all played by Bissett himself, but this time with a political edge.’ The Skinny

***** 5 Stars ‘As in the critically lauded Moira Monologues, Bissett’s a joy to watch as a solo actor, skilfully giving life to each character through versatility of voice and mannerisms.’ Edinburgh Fest Magazine

***** 5 Stars ‘Excellently written and performed, this is definitely a work that holds you in its web — and a worthy successor to Bissett’s previous hit, The Moira Monologues’  Broadway Baby

***** 5 StarsWhip-smart, distinctly Scottish humour…Bissett’s a joy to watch.’  Fest Magazine

***** 5 StarsA playful, instantly engaging presence…this is sophisticated, completely captivating theatre.’ 3 weeks

**** 4 Stars  ‘Unique, intelligent, funny and inventive piece of adult theatre… Bissett has become a spiderman (and woman) that may not swing from high buildings with his web but who spins a rare tale and knocks Peter Parker in to a wee tin hat.’  The Edinburgh Guide

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