We’re Ba-ack!

The nights are drawing in, and that can mean only one thing.

Backstreet's back‽
Don’t go down to six°north’s cellar!

Yep. INTERROBANG‽ have recovered from our first birthday celebrations and we’re back with  brand new show! We’re teaming up with Poetry AF to create something a bit different. And it’ll be like nothing you’ve ever seen before… Continue reading “We’re Ba-ack!”

Interrobang Interrogation – Jen McGregor

Is it time? Is it time?! Well, almost. Kind of?! INTERROBANG: Now Is Not The Time?! kicks off on Saturday, 24th June at 2pm, at The Biscuit Factory.

And we’re thrilled to welcome Jen McGregor back to INTERROBANG?! after her triumphant turn at the Hidden Door Festival with Ghosts Of The Citadel.

Jen gets into the, er, spirit

Jen McGregor is an Edinburgh-dwelling Dundonian raised by Glaswegians. Her plays have appeared at the Piccolo Theatre in Milan, the Traverse, and the Festival Castel dei Mondi. She has been published by New Writing Scotland, Bare Fiction, and 404 Ink. You can find her at www.jenmcgregor.com and on the Tweetie box: Jen McGregor

And here’s how she answered the questions in our latest Interrobang Interrogation:

?!:  If now is not the time, in what era would you prefer to live and why?

JMcG:  During the Enlightenment so that I could hang out with David Hume, convince Deacon Brodie that his criminal gang needed a token female, and nip down to London to find out how many of my suppositions about Mary Wollstonecraft are correct. Plus, the clothes!

Beauty tips with Mary Wollstonecraft
“Let’s talk about hair, girlfriend!”

?!:  In whatever time you live, you’ve been granted the power to slow down time. What are you going to do while time is stopped? Run through a field of wheat? Or something less naughty than that?

JMcG:  In my chosen time or my actual time? If I could slow down time in the 18th century I would hang around the great writers of the era, waiting for them to reach the point where they’d almost completed their great works, then I’d steal them, slow down time, copy them out, destroy the originals and publish them as my own. If I could slow it down in my own time I’d probably just fit in more Netflix binges and video games, not gonna lie.

?!:  What’s that thing you’d really like to do that keeps getting put off until another time?

JMcG:  Crossing Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express. Someday…

?!:  It’s time to share your work with the Now Is Not The Time audience! What’s that piece of music that’s putting you in the mood for the right here, right now

JMcG:  Muse – Our Time is Running Out.

?!:  The lads are getting their Dr Strangelove on, we see. As you gaze out into the audience, they’re ready for you, they’re present. It’s time. Without being too spoiler-ific, what can you tell us about what they’re going to hear?

JMcG:  It’s a little piece of speculative fiction about people whose days are numbered and the importance of not killing the vibe, and it’s called Party Time.

Thanks a lot to Jen for indulging the INTERROBANG?! Interrogation. We can’t wait to hear more about Party Time – she never receives a less than rapturous ovation when sharing her stories. Don’t miss out! Come along to INTERROBANG: Now Is Not The Time?! at The Biscuit Factory on 29 April (£5 suggested admission). Thanks!


Now Is Not The Time?!

It’s been one heck of a time since our last regular INTERROBANG?! event.

Yes. Often.
Did we mention this?!
  • We were voted Best Regular Spoken Word Night at the 2017 Saboteur Awards.
  • We had the huge pleasure of presenting our collaborative single-story night Ghosts of the Citadel at the Hidden Door Festival.
  • Some other things happened, too.
Whatever you do, don't mention fields of wheat!
Eh? Wot?!

And some grimmer stuff, as well.

So, come bury your head in the sand with your hosts BETH COCHRANE and RICKY MONAHAN BROWN and Edinburgh’s greatest living writer of the volunteer-perfomed, two-handed, comedic playlet, JACQUES TSIANTAR, as the very slightly naughty, Saboteur Award-winning INTERROBANG?! returns to the Biscuit Factory for an afternoon of storytelling, creative non-fiction and music, possibly with a small side of teeth-gnashing and farmer-bothering.

Crikey, Sting's looking a bit rough


JEN MCGREGOR is an Edinburgh-dwelling Dundonian raised by Glaswegians. Her plays have appeared at the Piccolo Theatre in Milan, the Traverse, and the Festival Castel dei Mondi. She has been published by New Writing Scotland, Bare Fiction, and 404 Ink.

• BECCA INGLIS is a creative non-fiction writer and theatre reviewer based in Edinburgh. Her essay Love in a Time of Melancholia appeared in 404 Ink’s collection Nasty Women, and her article When Women Steal the Patriarchy’s Toys: Feminism as Terrorism was published by the Dangerous Women Project. Becca has also blogged for Hollaback!, Linguisticator, and Lunar Poetry.

• JONATHA KOTTLER is from Albuquerque, NM where she was a lecturer at The University of New Mexico. She is a happy member of Edinburgh’s Write Like A Grrrl community and runs a reading and writing group for the local charity ECAS. She read a piece at Story Shop in the EIBF 2016, has an essay in 404 Ink’s Nasty Women, and has written for The Guardian.

THE DIRTY LIES are a Scottish alternative group whose influences include Can, Radiohead and The Velvet Underground. Their guiter-laden sound is infused with synth noise, electronic drums and jazz. Blurring the line between indie and electronica, they have been steadily making a name for themselves in the Lowlands following 6 Music airplay with their debut EP, Release, and followup Cellophane. Their live set is raucous and expansive, while embedded with delicate harmonies. “It’s all about good tunes, tight playing, a real sense of dynamics and a walk on the dark side” – John Robb, Louder Than War.

Suggested £5 on the door.
(*Wheat not included.)