Alan Bissett: The Red Hourglass
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A one-man show written and performed by Alan Bissett, who plays five different parts in a witty and erotic performance fusing theatre and storytelling.
Spiders. Not the most popular of creatures. Why, then, write a play about six of them? Alan Bissett, the current Glenfiddich Scottish Writer of the Year, returns to the Fringe after the sell-out success of The Moira Monologues in 2010 with a brand new show about everyone's least favourite creepy-crawly.
Developed with the support of the National Theatre of Scotland as part of their Reveal season, The Red Hourglass is a series of interlinked monologues, written and performed by Bissett, from the points of view of several different species of spider. From the hilarious truth-telling of the Glaswegian house spider (he prefers not to be called ‘common’), the political call-to-arms of the Venezualan tarantula and the erotic murder ballad of the Black Widow, The Red Hourglass is a dark, witty, sexy satire; both a laugh-out-loud natural history lesson and a compelling analogy for the state of things today.
'**** A roaring theatrical success… the most charismatic character to appear on the Scottish stage in a decade.' The Scotsman on The Moira Monologues
'**** A – sometimes scary – pleasure… Bissett writes with eagle-eyed vim, and not a word is wasted.' The Independent on The Moira Monologues
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Factfile: National Theatre of Scotland6 Nov 2012
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