Syd (formerly One Thinks of it all as a Dream)
Produced in association with Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, the Traverse Theatre and Aberdeen Performing Arts, Alan Bisset's play about Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett has received a number of outstanding reviews since its premiere in 2016.
‘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 debut album, the psychedelic masterpiece 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?
Syd Barrett would have been seventy this year, had he not died in 2006. Alan Bissett's witty and poignant play – specially commissioned for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival – is both a vivid portrait of a revolutionary period in pop music and a character study of one of its most enigmatic and complex figures.
“A perfectly judged vehicle…A complex immersion in Sixties culture.” The Scotsman
“A beautifully honed and truly evocative mini-drama.” Sunday Herald
“Unexpected, uncomfortable, complex, witty and sad.” Aberdeen Press and Journal
“A lovingly and intensively researched play…A wonderfully touching portrait.” The [Glasgow]