Liz at the Fringe

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Newarthill poet Liz Lochhead is appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe until August 25, and it isn’t her only ‘involvement’ at this year’s festival

Now 65, Liz made her Fringe debut in 1969 while still a student at the Glasgow School of Art, when she had some of her poems read by actors and has been ‘featured’ in some capacity since 1972.

Liz Lochhead: Apple Says Aaah - and Other Poems, Pommes and People is on at the Assembly Rooms every day at 12.15pm, returning to the lunchtime schedule that proved popular last year.

The one hour show invites audiences to join Scotland’s National Poet in this newly selected celebration of The Word, from the here and now back to when she first learned to read by look and say.

An eclectic mix of prose, Liz will be performing poems, rhymes, songs-without-tunes and character monologues, both dramatic and comic.

Meanwhile, her friend Martin McCardie’s play God Bless Liz Lochhead is also being staged at the Assembly Rooms until August 25, at 2.15pm each day.

Featuring Juliet Cadzow, Kate Donnelly and Andy Gray this is not a story about Liz, but rather a fictional look at what happens when three veteran actors who survived a Highlands and Islands tour of her adaptation of Tartuffe decide to take it on again.

Twenty-five years ago the tour became legendary as the broken marriages, broken noses and broken dreams of the actors provided more drama off stage than on.

Can they navigate the secrets of their past to make the dress rehearsal, will Liz Lochhead allow them to even put it on, and at their age can they remember any of the lines?

Tickets for Liz Lochhead: Apple Says Aaah - and Other Poems, Pommes and People, and God Bless Liz Lochhead are available by visiting Assembly Rooms

Liz will also be appearing at Fringe By the Sea in North Berwick tomorrow (Thursday).