Alan Bissett

Playwright, novelist, performer, bletherer.


Coronavirus News

Hoo! Grim times, folks. But hopefully we will get through this by working together.

Just to let you know that all my live events are cancelled for the foreseeable future, including The Red Hourglass at The Glasgow International Comedy Festival. However, it is being rescheduled for Nov 3rd at the Oran Mor, Glasgow, and your tickets will remain vaild.

It’s worth saying, however, that if I can no longer do live events then my income will be decimated.  I have two kids and have no idea where the money is going to come from now.  As such, I’m going to try experimenting with online, pay-per-view content, which is a new world to me, but I’m starting with letting you see my 2016 play One Thinks of it all as a Dream, about the life of ex-Pink Floyd front-man Syd Barrett, recorded at the Traverse Theatre in 2016, and my famous ‘one-woman show’ The Moira Monologues, recorded at Falkirk Town Hall in 2011.  If you care to donate to my Paypal account paypal.me/alanbissettwriter I can send you a Vimeo link with a password for viewing either, if you just let me know which you’d prefer.  You get to see a cracking play, I get to feed my kids. Win win!

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The boys as Pink Floyd in One Thinks of it all as a Dream

There will hopefully be more goodies to come in the next few weeks, including new, original content, so keep your eyes peeled here and my Facebook page.  It’s gonna be the only way I survive, quite frankly!

We’ll make it through this.  Just think about the perties at the enday it!

A.x


The New Year bringeth books and tour

Welcome to the 2020s.  Here’s hoping it gives us vision!  Here’s what I’ve got coming up for the rest of the winter…

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Your new favourite book.

First of all, my famous ‘one woman shows’ The Moira Monologues/More Moira Monologues have finally been published together in a book for the first time.  You can buy a signed copy for £10 (inc P&P) if you email me on alanbissett17@outlook.com. Failing that, you’ll be able to pick up a copy from me after any of the following shows, kicking off with…

11th Jan (Sat) 7pmMore Moira Monologues, East Whitburn Community Centre (‘The Bash’) West Lothian

As part of Sonnet Youth mini-tour:

15th Jan (Wed) 7.30pm – Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre Basement, Edinburgh

16th Jan (Thurs) 7.30pm –  Made in Stirling Creative Hub, Stirling

17th Jan (Fri) 7.30pm – The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

The Moira tour continues…

18th Jan (Sat) 7.30pm – Moira Monologues/ More Moira Monologues double-bill, Birnam Arts and Conference Cenre, Dunkeld, Perthshire.

31st Jan (Fri) 7.30pm – More Moira Monologues, Cairndow Village Hall , Argyll and Bute.

7th Feb (Fri) 8pm – The Moira Monologues, Gartmore Village Hall, Stirlingshire

6th March (Fri) 7.30pm – More Moira Monologues, Community Hall, Ballantrae, Ayrshire. Tickets from Craigiemains Home & Garden Centre, Ballantrae, or on 07920517700.

20th March (Fri) 7.30pm – The Moira Monologues / More Moira Monologues, Lochwinnoch Golf Club, Lochwinnoch Arts Festival, Renfrewshire.

“Alan Bissett Presents…” at the Paisley Book Festival

28th Feb (Fri) 9pm – Alan Bissett Presents…Chris McQueer, Callum’s Cavern, Paisley

29th Feb (Sat) 1.30pm Alan Bissett Presents…Tom Leonard’s Radical Renfrew 30 Years On, The Lane Bar, Paisley

29th Feb (Sat) 4.30pm Alan Bissett Presents…Kevin P. Gilday, Magi Gibson and Imogen Stirling, The Bull Inn, Paisley

My one-man Edinburgh Fringe show from 2019 finally hitting Glasgow…

26th Mar (Thurs) 8pm – The Red Hourglass, Oran Mor, Glasgow International Comedy Festival

27th Mar (Fri) 8pm – The Red Hourglass, Oran Mor, Glasgow International Comedy Festival

See yese there, folks.

x


Moira Monologues Autumn ’19 tour dates

Well, folks, that’s another Edinburgh Fringe run over! Thanks everyone who came along to my spidertastic show The Red Hourglass at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. It seems to have been a hit – especially that delightfully dark lady, the Black Widow!

Now it’s time to get the high-heeled boots back on for a different kind of dame. My ‘one woman shows’ The Moira Monologues and More Moira Monologues – sometimes on their own, sometimes as a double-bill – continue their never-ending tour around Scotland this Autumn, so come and check me out as Falkirk’s hardest woman at the following venues:

Fri 6th Sept – Royal British Legion, Outwith Festival, Dunfermline 8pm**

Sat 14th Sept – Community and Arts Centre, Nairn Festival, Nairn 9.15pm**

Thu 3rd Oct – Behind the Wall, Falkirk Storytelling Festival, Falkirk 7.30pm*

Sun 6th Oct – Behind the Wall, Falkirk Storytelling Festival, Falkirk 7.30pm**

Thu 10th OctMacrobert Centre, University of Stirling, Stirling 7.30pm***

Wed 6th NovLemon Tree, Aberdeen 7pm***

*Moira Monologues only    **More Moira Monologues only   ***Double-bill

See yese there, folks!

Ax

 


Moira summer tour dates / new play in Aberdeenshire / The Red Hourglass returns to the Edinburgh Fringe

The Moira Monologues is making its way around the far-flung places of Scotland this summer (well, they probably don’t feel that far-flung if you live there), so come and check me out as Falkirk’s hardest woman at the following venues.

13th July (Sat) – Island Hall, Easdale Island 7.30pm**

18th July (Thurs) – Arts Centre, Lyth 8pm*

*The Moira Monologues only       **The Moira Monologues and More Moira Monologues

BUT ALSO! I have a brand new musical play entitled Mr Francis and the Village of Secrets, commissioned for The Mitchell School of Drama, in Inverurie, which debuts this summer, based on the life of Gothic novelist, Francis Lathom. You can see it on the following dates:

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‘Mr Francis and the Village of Secrets’ principal cast

27th – 29th June (Thurs-Sat) – Wyness Hall, Inverurie, Garioch Theatre Festival, 7.30pm

31st July – 1st Aug (Wed-Thurs) – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, 7.30pm.

2nd Aug (Fri) – Peterhead Community Hall, Peterhead, 7.30pm

BUT ALSO! My 2012 smash-hit one man show, The Red Hourglass, in which I play several different species of spider is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe. You can catch a preview performance at The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, on July 26th, but otherwise it’s at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from 1st-14th August.

For tickets, click the scary-ass black widow below…

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A.x


Moira Monologues summer tour dates!

Hi everyone, in case you fancy catching the bold Moira as she struts her stuff up and down Scotland this summer, get yourselves along to one of these…

18th May (Sat) – Annan Athletic Football Club, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, 7.30pm**

26th May (Sun)Dunmuir Hotel, Coastword Festival, Dunbar, East Lothian, 6pm*

12th June (Wed) – Craignish Village Hall, Ardfern – 8.pm (doors open 7pm)*

13th June (Thurs) – Corran Halls Studio Theatre, Oban, 7.30pm**

14th June (Fri)  – Ballachulish Village Hall, Ballachulish, 01855 811866, 8pm*

15th June (Sat) Aros Community Theatre, Portree, Skye, 01478 613750, 7.30pm*

 30th June (Sun) – Wyness Hall, Inverurie 7.30pm (doors open 7pm) **

July dates to be confirmed soon!

*The Moira Monologues only       **The Moira Monologues and More Moira Monologues

Ax


Moira Monologues tour dates 2019

Hi folks!

After my ‘one-woman show’ The Moira Monologues and its sequel More Moira Monologues battered their way through Scotland in 2018, I thought – like Thelma and Louise – “let’s keep going!”  I’m in the process of setting up some dates all over the country, but the ones that are confirmed so far aaaaaaare….

Wed 27th FebUniversity of Highlands and Islands, Inverness 6.30pm.*

Thurs 14th MarMcKillop Centre, Lochwinnoch Arts Festival 7pm*

Sat 18th MayAnnan Athletic Football Club, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway 7.30pm**

*Moira Monologues only  **double-bill

A.x

 

 


Moira Monologues – Autumn tour dates

Having crossed Scotland this year in my high-heeled boots, as ‘Falkirk’s hardest woman’ Moira Bell, I’ll be taking my shows The Moira Monologues and More Moira Monologues ever-further afield this Autumn.  Here are the tour dates, folks!

Thurs  27th Sept (1pm) Moira Monologues & (7pm) Moira Monologues + More Moira Monologues. Findhorn Bay Arts Festival, Moray.

Sun 7th Oct (8pm) Moira Monologues, Behind the Wall, Falkirk.

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Thurs 8th Nov (8pm) More Moira Monologues, Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin, Moray.

Fri 9th Nov (7.30pm) Moira Monologues, Deveronside Social Club, Banff, Aberdeenshire  *charity performance for CLAPA – Cleft Lip and Palate Assoc*

Wed 14th Nov (8pm) Moira Monologues + More Moira Monologues, Eden Court, Inverness.

Thurs 15th Nov (7.30pm) More Moira Monologues, Howden Park, Livingston.

A.x


Moira Monologues – Summer tour dates

Having already bagged a Fringe First, I’m touring both my ‘one woman shows’ The Moira Monologues and (More) Moira Monologues up in the North of Scotland over the summer, building up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August…

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Fri 6th July (7:30pm) – Garioch Theatre Festival, Inverurie**

Tues 10th July (7.30pm) Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist*

Wed 11th July (7.30pm) The Stables at Armadale Castle, Skye*

Sat 14th July (8pm) An Lanntair, Stornoway, Lewis**

1st-11th August (6.30pm and 8pm) Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Fringe**

*The Moira Monologues only         **Double-bill

A.x


Moira double-bill NEW Summer dates!

Hiya folks!

The Moira Monologues double-bill tour has been winding its way through Scotland (and a wee bit of England) for the last two months – to raucous audiences – and new dates all over the place are being arranged right up to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. I’ll be announcing the July dates further down the line, but in the meantime here’s everything up to and including June.

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Alan Bissett as Moira Bell. She disnae gie a f**k.

Sat 19th May (7.30pm) Burgh Hall, Dunoon

Thurs 31st May (7.30pm)Catstrand, New Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival*

Fri 1st June (7.30pm)Thomas Tosh, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival*

Tues 12th June (7:30pm)Kennedy Hall, Dunure (Ayr)**

Thurs 14th June (7:30pm)Community Centre, Ballantrae**

Fri 15th June (7:30pm) Village Hall, Fairlie**

Sat 16th June (7:30pm)The Quay Zone, Girvan**

Sun 17th  June (7:30pm)Village Community Centre, Barr (Girvan)**

Thurs 21st June (7:30pm)Community Centre, Dalmellington (Ayr)**

*More Moira Monologues only             **The Moira Monologues only

See yese there!

A.x

 

 


MOIRA double-bill tour 2018 – Spring dates

Hiya pals! I’ll be touring my soooo acclaimed ‘one-woman shows’ The Moira Monologues and its award-winning sequel (More) Moira Monologues as a double-bill throughout 2018, but I thought I’d get some of the initial Spring dates up for you in case you’re thinking of treating the loved one/bam in your life to some tickets for Christmas.

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Moi as ‘Moira’

Unless otherwise specified, both shows will be on in the same evening.

9th Feb (Fri) – Whitehills Public Hall, Portsoy – (01261) 843006
10th Feb (Sat) – Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill – (01569) 731320
15th Feb (Thurs)  – Macrobert Centre, Stirling. (More) Moira only, plus Q&A.
6th March (Tues) – Edge Hill Arts Centre, Ormskirk.
9th March (Fri) –Town Hall, Falkirk.
11th March (Sun) – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.
17th March (Sat) – Burgh Hall, Cove
6th April (Fri) – Howden Park, Livingstone. Moira Monologues only.
8th April (Sun) – Arts Centre, Paisley
More dates and venues to be added for Summer and Autumn, so watch this space!