Belle & Sebastian play heading to Edinburgh Fringe

Belle & Sebastian’s iconic 1996 album If You’re Feeling Sinister is being turned into a "play with songs" at this year's Edinburgh Fringe

Article by Jamie Dunn | 16 May 2019
  • Belle and Sebastian live at Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Belle & Sebastian’s If You’re Feeling Sinister, one of the finest albums of the 90s, is being turned into a "play with songs" the upcoming Fringe. The band’s frontman, Stuart Murdoch, already has form in turning his music into drama – his 2009 solo project God Help the Girl, an album featuring a group of female vocalists, became 2014's whimsical and bittersweet musical God Help the Girl, following three friends who form a band in Glasgow. This new show doesn't use the "m" word to describe itself, but it does sound very much like a musical.

The play, described as "a story about dreaming, shame and the fear of being left behind", is written by Eve Nicol and directed by Paul Brotherston. Sarah Swire, who appeared in highschool zombie-musical Anna and the Apocalypse, and Limmy’s Show regular Alan McHugh play the lead characters, Kid and Boss. The show is brought to the stage by BBC Arts and Avalon in association with Glasgow's Tron Theatre.

The logline is as follows: "He was exhausted by life. She was tired of waiting for it to begin. Now Boss and Kid are on the run. A reckless artist waiting to be found and an academic looking to lose himself could pull off Glasgow’s greatest heist if they can keep their hands off one another and on the steering wheel."

If You’re Feeling Sinister: a play with songs has just shot to the top of our must-watch list for this year's Fringe; it runs from 31 July to 26 August as part of Gilded Balloon's programme.

If You’re Feeling Sinister: a play with songs, Gilded Balloon (Doonstairs), 31 Jul-26 Aug (not 12 Aug), 3.45pm