March 13th - 24th

The Friendly Festival

Alan Bissett   -   Falkirk's hardest woman....twice!

A double bill of Alan Bissett's now-classic 'One Woman Shows' about the incomparable Moira Bell.


Written and performed by Alan Bissett
Directed by Sacha Kyle

Meet Moira Bell, cleaner, single mother, and the hardest woman in Falkirk. Whether defending her wee dog Pepe from the local rottweiler, attempting to seduce a teacher, or belting out Diana Ross for the Scotia karaoke night, Moira is hilarious, hypnotic, frightening and heart-warming company.
Based on the women in Alan’s family, from when he was growing up in Falkirk, Moira, her long-suffering pal Babs, her neighbour (Bawface), her laddies (they’re gid laddies, but they canny take their weed) and her wee dug Pepe, have left audiences all over the country weak with laughter.

  • “This is brilliant stuff, an exhilaratingly fresh take on the whole business of class and culture in Scotland.” – **** The Scotsman
  • “Moira Bell is a legend. A hilarious, but subtly smart work that takes society slowly apart” –– **** The Skinny
  • “Bissett writes with eagle-eyed vim and not a word is wasted.” – **** The Independent



Fringe First Winner 2017
Shortlisted Best New Play – Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) 2018

She’s back! Straight-talking single mum Moira Bell returns in a new installment of Alan Bissett’s much-loved ‘one-woman show’. Moira’s a gran now, but still telling hilarious home-truths about dating, her estranged sister, cleaning posh folk’s hooses, the return of her ex Billy, and Brexit.

  • "A near-perfect series of new monologues, both howlingly funny and unnervingly sharp and poetic.” – 5***** The Scotsman
  • “Such a riot my ears popped a couple of times from the row behind me shouting with laughter.” 5***** The National
  • “Welcome back, Moira. We missed you.” – 5***** Broadway Baby
  • “Great hilarity, simple truths and some profound moments too: it’s no wonder Moira has such a loyal following.” – 4**** The List

Alan Bissett is a playwright, novelist and performer who lives in Lochwinnoch. In 2012 he was named Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Writer of the Year and in 2013 was shortlisted for the Creative Scotland/Daily Record Literature Award.  In 2012 his play Ban This Filth! (2013), shortlisted for an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.   The short film which he wrote and narrated, The Shutdown (2009), won numerous prizes at international and domestic film festivals.  

Alan’s novels include Death of a Ladies’ Man (Hachette 2009) and Pack Men (Hachette 2011), the latter two of which were both shortlisted for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Fiction of the Year Prize.  He was short- or longlisted for the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short-Story Competition four years running between 1999 and 2002 and his play More Moira Monologues (2017) won a Fringe First from The Scotsman newspaper and was shortlisted for Best New Play at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland (2018).