INTERVIEW: Stand up for the people

Rosie Kane
Rosie Kane
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Rosie Kane is used to performing in front of demanding audiences... but not the kind that are known for appreciating a good joke.

The 51-year-old from Glasgow served as an MSP for the Scottish Socialist Party from 2003 to 2007 and became known as one of Holyrood’s most colourful members.

When she was formally sworn in, Rosie famously held up her palm on which she had written ‘My oath is to the people’.

But following four years of protests, imprisonment and bans from the debating chamber, the SSP’s six MSPs were voted out of office in 2007.

Now Rosie has reinvented herself as a performer. Following two sold-out appearances at the Glasgow Comedy Festival in March, she’ll bring her one-woman show to Behind the Wall on July 28 as part of this year’s Funny in Falkirk.

She told The Falkirk Herald it’s a light-hearted look

back at her upbringing in Glasgow, and people should not be put off by her political past.

“I’ve always had a bit of the theatrics about me,” she said.

“In politics, you have to keep your wits about you - it is not an easy job - and you need to have a sense of humour.”

Rosie decided to take up performing after joining a women’s theatre group, and in part to help rebuild her confidence after suffering a period of depression.

“It’s a family-friendly show,” she added. “There’s a lot of nostalgia, and a lot of singing.

“There are some wee political bits – but not too many!”