If You're Feeling Sinister: A Play with Songs

Theatre (new writing, music)

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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. This is a story about dreaming, shame and the fear of being left behind. A new adaptation of Belle and Sebastian's iconic album by Eve Nicol (book) and Stuart Murdoch (lyrics.)

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GW 82 days ago

I love B&S and I especially love this album, so that is what brought me to this performance. However, the songs are only a very small part of the play and are not performed well enough to make them memorable. They are crowbarred incongrously into the play, with no connection to the narrative and the play was not engaging enough in itself to hold my interest. I'm sorry but IMHO this was a big disappointment

Katy Stewart 95 days ago

I absolutely loved this! Beautifully acted and poignantly written. The lead actress is astounding. You don't need to be a Belle and Sebastian fan to enjoy this. Go and see it!

Chris Nelson 100 days ago

Huge disappointment. Imagine Stuart Murdoch's soft, sensitive, Scottish singing voice, and then imagine his songs sung in a harsh American tone in keys where the melodies of the songs have to be altered to be almost unrecognizable. Now imagine that 7 of the 9 songs don't even have an ending, they are just abruptly cut off mid-song. Now imagine these are awkwardly grafted on to a ridiculous plot where I suppose we are to be okay with one of the two characters becoming a domestic terrorist for some reason? On top of that, as insane as the plot is, it's also boring because it's presented in wooden asides and assumes backstories that the audience has not seen. If you love the music of Belle & Sebastian I cannot imagine a less satisfying experience.

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FringeReview 87 days ago

The songs are exceptional, but we know they are going to be. The script has a decent attempt at taking them and giving us something to look at and be a part of. The conceit of the theft of Dali’s masterpiece is a very good start. For those of us...

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Theatre Bubble 90 days ago

There’s something desolate and painful at the heart of this quirky, energetic show, and it took me a while to really pinpoint why I felt so oddly about it. On the surface, If You’re Feeling Sinister is a charming, wistful, play with songs, from the album of the same name; about a mismatched, platonic, couple who end up staging a hipster heist in reverse.

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The Student Newspaper 90 days ago

Intelligently devised themes, often related to existentialism, produce heavy and heart-wrenching moments.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 94 days ago

Writer Eve Nicol is a passionate music buff.Her previous Fringe hit, One Life Stand, used the music of Honeyblood as a backdrop, but she goes further with a new piece inspired by Belle & Sebastian’s album of the same name, extrapolating a storyline from Stuart Murdoch’s evocative lyrics celebrating her...

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

"A play that has the depth and beauty that is demanded when you take your inspiration from such an iconic Scottish album."

"It’s a play that, much like the album, I want to watch and listen to again, because like all good songs, there are without doubt layers I have not even touched upon just yet."

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Culture Fix (3/5 stars) 95 days ago

If You're Feeling Sinister is light, heartfelt entertainment with diverting musical numbers and energetic performances from McHugh and Swire.

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Broadway World (3/5 stars) 96 days ago

If You're Feeling Sinister is a play with songs, specifically the songs of Belle and Sebastian, from writer Eve Nicol. It is a love letter to the City of Glasgow: its music and its art, its people and its buildings, its rivers and their many bridges and its other city,...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 96 days ago

Writer Eve Nicol’s punchy play with songs is a big number production by Avalon and BBC Arts in association with the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. It puts ‘the world and language’ of Belle and Sebastian’s 1996 record ‘into a new story’. The disc appeared as an entry in 1001 Albums You...

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 98 days ago

Inspired by the iconic Belle and Sebastien album of the same name, If You're Feeling Sinister uses the Scottish bands' songs to paint a poignant image of human connections and narrate the fallout of a cataclysmic secret. This Avalon/BBC Arts’ two-hander begins boldly, singing Glasgow’s praises with the occasional expletive tossed...

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The List (3/5 stars) 98 days ago

Heartfelt caper set to Belle and Sebastian's iconic album...

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The Guardian (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

‘We’re seeing other people – at least that’s what we say we are doing,” goes the refrain of the second track on Belle and Sebastian’s dreamy 1996 album If You’re Feeling Sinister. It is about friends who are “kissing just for practice”, claiming to want nothing more than to cuddle,...

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British Theatre Guide (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

Look for tickets... There are pros and cons to basing any narrative around the works of a particular artist. As Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You or American Idiot have shown, taking a band's oeuvre, or indeed a single album, and constructing a musical narrative can be a runaway success....

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