Alan Bissett

Playwright, novelist, performer, bletherer.


Performed for the Play, A Pie and A Pint series at Oran Mor, Nov 11th-16th 2019.

Maria and Ben, fellow commuters, fall into friendly conversation on a train, but things turn comical and then dark as Ben realises far too late that Marie is playing a psychological game with him. Enter Terry, an unsuspecting stranger, full of swagger, who is also about to find himself caught up in the game and way out of his depth.

Directed By Kirstin McLean

Script published and available here.

Cast: Gemma McElhinney, David Rankine and Cameron Fulton


Cameron Fulton as Terry, David Rankine as Ben and Gemma McElhinney as Maria in Do Not Press This Button.

“Bissett’s clever and tightly-constructed 45-minute play spirals off into profoundly uncomfortable territory… There’s no doubting the troubling skill with which he raises  questions here, the smart sensitivity of Kirstin McLean’s direction, or the sheer power of McElhinney’s performance as Maria.” – 4**** Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman