Top Falkirk author Bissett reaches cash total for Fringe play

Alan Bissett
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‘Boyracers’ author and playwright Alan Bissett’s online campaign to fund his Edinburgh Fringe show in August has been a roaring success.

Alan, whose previous shows include the critically acclaimed ‘The Moira Monologues’, had been looking for a minimum of £15,000 to bankroll his new play ‘The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant’, but this week he topped the £18,000 mark.

Alan said: “It’s heartfelt, steeped in Scottish folklore and takes a long hard look at the referendum while hopefully also making you laugh till you cry.”

The script written, the actors cast and venue booked, the cash was the last part of the jigsaw to be put in place.

“I’m personally taking no payment for the script,” said Alan. “And I will be putting quite a bit of my own money into the production. But I can’t expect actors, a director, a venue, a costume designer, technicians and leaflet-printers to do the same.

“These things have to be paid for, and I can’t afford them all.”

People who donated cash will receive various rewards from Alan, including signed copies of his books and even a chance to make a cameo appearance in the show.