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Observations: A raucous dawn chorus, done the Scottish way


An Olivier award earlier this year for her sex-trafficking drama Roadkill confirmed director and performer Cora Bissett's status as one of Scotland's most important theatre-makers and brought her the first flush of deserved national attention.

Her next play will be a high-profile collaboration between the National Theatre of Scotland and Theatre Royal Stratford East on the subject of dawn raids on asylum seekers entitled The Glasgow Girls.

This month, though, she's co-ordinating a multi-disciplinary project of a much lighter tone alongside playwright David Greig, Edinburgh band Swimmer One and the latter's label Biphonic Records. To a brief that says simply their story or piece of music is to be set somewhere in Scotland between the hours of midnight and 4am, more than 20 writers and artists have contributed to Whatever Gets You Through the Night. "I wanted to work on a project which uses a lot of live music from great bands," says Bissett (above), "but which isn't a musical. It aims to occupy the middle ground between a gig and theatre."

26 to 29 June, The Arches, Glasgow (thearches. co.uk)