(More) Moira Monologues (4 stars)

This article is from 2017

(More) Moira Monologues

Stephanie Gibson

Falkirk's hardest woman is back with a vengeance

Alan Bissett's no-nonsense scheme queen returns to the stage with sass and aplomb. Oh, and did she tell you, she's a nan now? Clad in her uniform pink velour tracksuit, Moira chain-smokes her way through the play, relaying all the recent news and gossip to her best friend Babs.

Despite her rather crude nature, Moira is a loveable character, who doesn't mince her words. A champion of street justice, she doesn't let politeness stop her from putting people in their place. When the train passenger opposite takes more than their fair share of legroom, the audience's eager silence speaks volumes: sort him out.

Very quickly it's easy to see Moira as the voice of reason, and to see the world from her perspective. How should we really feel about the Kelpies? Middle class theatre-goers have no choice but to face their own absurdities: why do they love avocados? Why do they pay yogis to teach them how to breathe?

Bissett's one man / woman show is addictive. Switching between characters and accents at an astonishing pace, he immerses the audience in Moira's world. Great hilarity, simple truths and some profound moments too: it's no wonder Moira has such a loyal following.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, until 28 Aug (not 14, 21), 7pm, £15 (£12).

(More) Moira Monologues

  • 4 stars

Alan Bissett's follow-up to his much-loved one-woman show.