Curtain up on Alan Bissett’s new Falkirk play

Alan Bissett will perform a one-man show on Falkirk's "past, present and future". Picture: Michael Gillen

Alan Bissett will perform a one-man show on Falkirk's "past, present and future". Picture: Michael Gillen

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A new one-man comedy play based on the past, present and future of Falkirk will tour the district from Wednesday.

Written and performed by Alan Bissett, the well-known author and playwright from Hallglen, ‘What the F**kirk’ promises to offer a light-hearted look at the story of the town and its surrounding communities.

I want folks to feel pride in the place that they come from, recognise its value but also reflect upon what we’ve lost over the years

Alan Bissett

The play was commissioned by Falkirk Community Trust to celebrate its success at the 2014 Creative Place Awards, which led to three community projects which explore the idea of ‘home’ and what Falkirk means to different people.

Its opening night will be at Slamannan Community Centre on June 3 at 7.30 p.m., followed by a performance at The Dobbie Hall, Larbert, on Friday, June 5.

It will visit Grangemouth Town Hall on June 6, Barony Theatre, Bo’ness on June 7, The Craiglee Inn, Reddingmuirhead, on June 8, Bonnybridge Community Hall on June 9, Behind the Wall, Falkirk, on June 12, and The Songbird, Denny on June 13.

All performances begin at 7.30 p.m.

The final night will take place at Hallglen Sports Centre on Sunday, June 14 – the community Bissett grew up in.

Bissett said: “This is going to be a really lively, fun evening out which takes a look at the past and present of Falkirk, one which hopefully make the audience laugh but also make them think.

“‘What the F**kirk?’ is about a community and a people. I want folks to feel pride in the place that they come from, recognise its value but also reflect upon what we’ve lost over the years. It’s really a forensic examination of what a place like Falkirk means, but in stand-up comedy format. It’s pretty much the most Falkirk thing you’ll ever see in your life.”

Lesley O’Hare, culture and libraries manager said: “We are delighted that Alan has come back to Falkirk to help us deliver this Creative Place project. Alan is a real inspiration for the new generation of writers which he has been working with. He is also an extremely talented performer and I am very much looking forward to seeing ‘What the F**kirk?’ and his take on how Falkirk has changed.”