Alan Bissett

Playwright, novelist, performer, bletherer.



Euan Cuthbertson as Syd Barrett

Directed By Sacha Kyle

Produced in association with Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, the Traverse Theatre and Aberdeen Performing Arts.

‘I’m simply asking, Mr Waters, how do you know it’s Syd who has the problem?’

London, 1967. Pink Floyd have just released their debut album, the psychedelic masterpiece Piper at the Gates of Dawn. But the behaviour of their frontman, Syd Barrett, has become increasingly erratic. Is he having a drug-induced breakdown? Or is he playing an elaborate joke on the band and the music industry?


Pink Floyd l-r: David James Kirkwood as Nick Mason, Euan Cuthbertson as Syd Barrett, Ewan Petrie as Richard Wright and Andrew John Tait as Roger Waters

Syd Barrett would’ve been seventy this year, had he not died in 2006.  This witty and poignant new play – specially commissioned for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival – is both a vivid portrait of a revolutionary period in pop music and a character study of one of its most  enigmatic and complex figures.

“A perfectly judged vehicle…A complex immersion in Sixties culture.”The Scotsman

“A beautifully honed and truly evocative mini-drama.”Sunday Herald

“Unexpected, uncomfortable, complex, witty and sad.”Aberdeen Press and Journal

“A lovingly and intensively researched play…A wonderfully touching portrait.”The [Glasgow] Herald

“An insightful eulogy.”The Guardian

“Bissett’s play, with regular collaborator Sacha Kyle directing, allows Syd’s beauty both as a human and a musician to shine.”TV Bomb

“Manages to neatly capture Barrett’s sad demise… while casting a sympathetic eye over the vital issue of mental ill health.”Edinburgh Guide

“I was left with a feeling of having gained a wonderful, if not poignant, insight.” – Mumble Theatre


Euan Cuthbertson as Syd Barrett, David James Kirkwood as Nick Mason


Oran Mor, Glasgow – Mon 17th  Oct – Sat 22nd Oct 2016

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – Tues 25th Oct – Sat 29th Oct 2016

Lemon Tree, Aberdeen – Tues 1st Nov – Sat 5th Nov 2016