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My Village and Other Aliens

by Terence Blacker, Creative Associate Cressida Brown

Cabaret Bar, Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9ER
Box Office 0131 662 6892,

Award-winning author and Independent columnist Terence Blacker brings a new form of storytelling to the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe with a highly original blend of story, memoir and song.

Terence's village is much like any other. There's Pervy John, lurking in the graveyard. A local wife is exploring her husband's secret life online. A visit to an ex-girlfriend leads to a tragic accident, involving a caged bird. As the village storyteller - a 'chronicler of the human heart' - Terence moves among them, telling stories, singing songs, trying to help, yet somehow making things worse.

Terence Blacker is the author of four novels, including Kill Your Darlings, a highly praised biography of Willie Donaldson and many successful novels and stories for young readers, including Boy2Girl and The Twyning. His CD Lovely Little Games was released last year, and his musical show Taboo-Be-Do, celebrating over a century of politically incorrect music, was the basis of a two-part Radio 4 documentary, which he wrote and presented in 2011, and has been performed in festivals in England and Wales.

Cressida Brown will direct The Tempest for the RSC at Ohio State University's Roy Bowen Theatre. She directed the acclaimed site specific play ‘Amphibians’ at the Bridewell in 2011.

Praise for Terence Blacker:

‘A clever songwriter, social satirist and bittersweet romantic somewhere between Jake Thackray and Jacques Brel.’ John Walsh, Independent

'An angry, smart and funny man.' Boston Globe

'If ‘Sad Old Bastards With Guitars’ doesn't make you laugh, then you are one!' Michael Messer Music Forum.

Link ‘Sad Old Bastards with Guitars’:

Fri 2 to Mon 26 August 2013 (not Mons 12 &19), 17.30pm
Tickets, £8 (£7 conc), £5 preview Fri 2 & Sat 3 August. Running Time: 55 mins

6 June 2013