Rally & Broad ‘We Walk The Line’, Friday 20th June, The Counting House, Edinburgh. Doors at 730pm, show begins at 8pm. £5.
Oh comrades, comrades, can it be that time already? It’s the Season Two finale, and we are taking you out with a BANG. It’s been one glorious year for us, and if the sun shines bright and hard on us, we’ll be seeing you again in October for Season Three.
In the meantime, watch this space for our events during the summer: we’ll be at the Tron in Glasgow for a special two day Commonwealth Games event at the end of July and in August, in Holyrood for the Festival of Politics and more and more and more!
In the meantime! The biggest, bangiest, shiniest, most packed show of the year so far! There will be words! There will be music! There will be lyrical delight! There might be dancing! There will some sort of audience participation-raffley-spraffing nonsense! There will be surprises! And there will be YOU, dear ones, there will be YOU!
For your delectation and delight in June…
Nearly needing no introduction, Liz Lochhead is a poet, performer and playwright who was appointed Scots Makar in 2011. After graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1970, she read and worked with Norman MacCaig, Alasdair Gray, Jim Kelman, Tom Leonard, Edwin Morgan and many more; in this group of talented young Scottish writers, she stands out as a rare female presence and this has been enabling and inspiring for the generation that followed.. Gallus, inquisitive and playful, Lochhead is both transgressive and popular, as has her relish of a whole variety of language registers and rhythms, her sensuality and humour, her loving descriptions – ‘the decency of good coats roundshouldered’ – and her outspokenness. As Anne Varty wrote, ‘her work is that of one woman speaking to many, and one person speaking for many’.
This will be Lou Hickey’s second time on the Rally & Broad stage, and we are thrilled to welcome her back. Lou is a singer-songwriter from Neilston, who has been working as a solo artist since 2006, working with Club Noir and singing in Codeine Velvet Club 2008 – 2010 with Jon Lawler from The Fratellis. Her album ‘True Love Ways’ was released in 2013.
Powerhouse fireball of a performance poet and host of Inn Deep’s monthly poetry show in Glasgow.
Harry is a poet and performance maker from Orkney, Scotland. He has lived on four islands, each larger than the last. He trained in Theatre Directing (MA with Merit, East 15 Acting School, 2010) and Sustainable Development (MA 1st Class, University of St Andrews, 2009) and his work generally happens in the places where performance and politics cross paths. He has published two poetry pamphlets with Stewed Rhubarb Press, Visa Wedding and Oam (following a residency at Govan Hill Baths).
Mike is an Edinbugger who returned to the city of his birth and growth 3 years ago after twenty years of living & working in the Land of the Angles. He is a professional actor/playwright/director of 30 years experience and can soon be seen in his new solo show ‘Hyde & Seek’ at C nova throughout the Fringe.
And…Leo Condie & Band!
Star of Oscar-nominated The Illusionist and frontman of acclaimed Glasgow band The Low Miffs, Edinburgh-born Condie wrings visceral melodrama from the songs of Brel and Brecht, plus other Weimar-era ballads of revelry and debauchery. With a voice the Times described as ‘…in the airy realms of Billy Mackenzie or Roy Orbison’, Condie veers from tender to theatrical in My Death, Amsterdam, What Keeps Mankind Alive.
‘Condie was all over the complex delivery without sacrificing anything in the enunciation’ ★★★★ (Scotsman).
And of course, as always, there will be a Rally and there will be a Broad. See you there? Mine’s a pint.