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A Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival commission, co-produced with A Play, A Pie and A Pint, in association with Traverse Theatre and Aberdeen Performing Arts.

“I’m simply asking, Mr Waters, how do you know it’s Syd who has the problem?”

London, 1967. Pink Floyd have just released their début album, the psychedelic masterpiece The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. But the behaviour of their frontman, Syd Barrett, has become increasingly erratic. Is he having a drug-induced breakdown? Or is he playing an elaborate joke on the band and the music industry?

This witty and poignant new play — specially commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation for the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival, and starring Euan Cuthbertson as Barrett — is both a vivid portrait of a revolutionary period in pop music and a character study of one of its most influential, enigmatic and complex figures, who would have been 70 this year.

Alan Bissett and Sacha Kyle are one of Scotland’s most acclaimed writer-director teams, creators of Edinburgh Festival Fringe hits such as The Moira MonologuesThe Pure, The Dead and the Brilliant and Ban this Filth!


17–22 Oct: Òran Mòr, Glasgow

25–29 Oct: The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

1–5 Nov: The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen



Tue 17th Oct to Sun 22nd Oct

1–2pm (DOORS 12pm; MON 12.30pm)

Booking Info:


08444 771 000 | PLAYPIEPINT.COM


Òran Mòr

Top of Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8QX