Alan Bissett

Playwright, novelist, performer, bletherer.


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.

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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!


Huge success for (MORE) MOIRA MONOLOGUES at the Edinburgh Fringe! (plus forthcoming live dates)

Well, my latest play (More) Moira Monologues went just about as well as could be expected at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. Big, loud audiences, a prestigious Fringe First award, and check out some of these goddamn reviews:

“Near-perfect.” – 5***** The Scotsman “A riot.” 5***** The National “Welcome back, Moira. We missed you.” – 5***** Broadway Baby “No wonder Moira has such a loyal following.” – 4**** The List

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photo: Stephanie Gibson

Expect a double-bill of Moira 1 & 2 touring in Spring 2018, folks…

Before then, however, I’ve plenty of live dates lined-up, so come along and catch me at one of the following:

2nd Sept: Electric Fields festival (2.20pm) Neu Reekie! Spoken Word tent *ALAN BISSETT: STAND-UP LITERATURE

9th Sept: Outwith Festival, Dunfermline (12.30pm) The Canmore. *ALAN BISSETT: STAND-UP LITERATURE

16th Sept: Nairn Arts & Book Festival, Nairn (9pm) The Little Theatre. *THE MOIRA MONOLOGUES

24th Sept: Falkirk Storytelling Festival, Falkirk (7.30pm) Behind the Wall. *(MORE) MOIRA MONOLOGUES

5th & 7th Oct: The Ching Room, Edinburgh (7.30pm)  Assembly Roxy. A new production from Attune Theatre of my debut play from 2009. I’m not in it, in case you’re wondering.

13th Oct: (Iain) Banks Supper, Paisley (7.30pm) New Street, Paisley. *A TRIBUTE TO IAIN BANKS, which I have curated and am hosting.

16th Nov: Pentlands Book Festival, Edinburgh (7.30pm), Tanners Pub, Juniper Green. *(MORE) MOIRA MONOLOGUES. Tickets free, but donations on the night helpful.

Dates for later in the year to be released in November.

Hopefully see some of yese on the road!