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?
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
TOUR DATES 2016
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