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New Words 2010

Times when I Bite

The Moira Monologues, written and performed by Alan Bissett, directed by Sacha Kyle


Wednesday 1 September 2010
7.30pm – 9pm

Woodend Barn, Banchory [Map]

Admission £8 (concessions £6.50)
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Alan Bissett performs his own one-woman show, a series of stories from Falkirk's hardest woman, Moira Bell. Whether defending her ‘snookelums pookelums’ from the local rottweiler, attempting to seduce a teacher in the school where she works as a cleaner, or belting out Diana Ross for the Scotia karaoke night, Moira is hilarious and heart-warming company.

A thoroughly entertaining performance from one of Scotland's most exciting young writers.

The Moira Monologues

Not satisfied with simply having written these fantastic monologues, Alan takes it to the next level by assuming the persona of Moira Bell. A forcefully realistic in-your-face character (sustained throughout from the opening second of the performance), Moira takes us through several colourful episodes from the ups and downs of her life, introducing us to her contemporaries with her own side-splitting mimicry. Her accounts are salted with cynicism and peppered with hilarity. This show is a must see — by one of Scotland's most talented writers. [Cal Wallace]

This is brilliant stuff, an exhilaratingly fresh take on the whole business of class and culture in Scotland. [The Scotsman ****]

Alan Bissett

Alan Bissett was born and raised in Falkirk and now lives in Glasgow. He is the author of the novels Boyracers (Polygon, 2001), The Incredible Adam Spark (Headline, 2005), and Death of a Ladies' Man (Hachette, 2009).

Alan's first play, The Ching Room, was commissioned by Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and was shown at Oran Mor and Traverse in March 2009 to great critical acclaim.

He has lectured in Creative Writing at the Universities of Leeds and Glasgow, and writes a blog for The Guardian. In 2008 he was named Falkirk Personality of the Year, and the Daily Record voted him the 46th Hottest Man in Scotland, a title he takes very seriously indeed.

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Sacha Kyle

As an award-winning theatre director, Sacha Kyle has created work for both children and adults and has taught as an artistic director all over the world.

Her recent work has been shown in the Traverse Theatre, the Tron, Oran Mor, the Arches and the National Library of Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe 2010 and she is currently working as Starcatchers/Imaginate Artist in Residence making unique theatre experiences for the early years. Sacha is interested in creating site-specific, visual and scripted work, and as an independent director engages with artists from all disciplines.

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Supported by

North East Arts Touring
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Supported by Aberdeenshire Council

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