7th April 2020
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Point Blank: The box office

Point Blank: The box office

Tickets. It’s an ebullient word in Shetland at the moment. If you got yours for Mumford and Sons, Bill Bailey, The Levellers, Bjorn Again or Kevin Bridges, congratulations; if you didn’t, blaming the Shetland Box Office or the promoters seems to be a common default retort. (more…) Read more...

Nelson’s Column

Nelson’s Column

A few weeks ago I found myself on stage in a stand up club once again having to employ the “invisible lasso.” That’s when your act becomes more crowd control than entertainment as you try frantically, using words alone, to reign in a noisy, drunken crowd with a short attention span. (more&hel... Read more...

Nelson’s column

Nelson’s column

I have just returned from a three month epic saga in my old home town of Glasgow. Eight weeks lost in the wilds of the ever-exhausting theatreland and four weeks of equally knackering Christmas. I was performing a one-act play I’d written about a metrocentric city kid who is assigned to a tiny isl... Read more...

Notes from 60° north

Notes from 60° north

Over the next 12 months, Shawn Bell will write a series of columns from the small town of Fort Smith in Canada, which lies, like Shetland, on the sixtieth parallel. In the first of these articles he describes how, when the temperature falls, the community really begins to come together. Winter, t... Read more...

Nelson’s Column

Nelson’s Column

Recently, in a triumph of common sense, a council in England under pressure from local parents forced a school to change a menu item from “Gingerbread Person” back to “Gingerbread Man.” Quite right too. That’s just taking political correctness too far. Or is it PC gone mad? Well, actually ... Read more...

Nelson’s Column

Nelson’s Column

Here I am, still in Glasgow, ensconced in the cut and thrust of rehearsals for Sleeping Beauty, this years panto at Glasgow’s Oran Mor. While some “serious” actors complain about the indignity of such things I on the other hand love panto. (more…) Read more...