Whatever Gets You Through the Night set for 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
- Claire Sawers
- 15 July 2013
This article is from 2013
Award-winning theatre show from Cora Bissett and co features some of Scotland's most distinctive writers and musicians
What's on your mind between midnight and 4am? Sleeping? Soul searching? Eating? Night walking? This award-winning show from artistic powerhouse The Arches asked the question and got back a batch of different answers from 20 writers, musicians and artists from across Scotland. The evening takes in a poignant goodbye on the shores of Loch Lomond, a Skype affair, a stoner in meltdown, and a clubber on the walk home, desperately seeking chips and cheese.
Described as 'a snapshot of an entire nation at its most vulnerable and revealing', the production was dreamed up by Cora Bissett (director of the National Theatre of Scotland's musical Glasgow Girls) in collaboration with Edinburgh cerebral electro-poppers Swimmer One and acclaimed playwright David Greig. First performed last summer at The Arches, it was followed up by an album and film, boosted by glorious electronic tracks from the likes of Errors, Conquering Animal Sound, and talkingmakesnosense.
For the Edinburgh run, the show (dubbed 'part theatre, part gig') is transported to the Queen's Hall, featuring nightly performances from a cast of nine musicians, including fingerpicking solo guitarist RM Hubbert (who recently won the Scottish Album of the Year award for Thirteen Lost & Found). Plus, there's experimental folk-riddler Wounded Knee and Edinburgh's answer to Daniel Johnston, Withered Hand. Surprise drop-ins can also be expected from Scottish musicians, including Deacon Blue frontman turned soloist and broadcaster, Ricky Ross.
Queen's Hall, 20–25 Aug.