Whatever Gets You Through The Night is an ongoing project led by Cora Bissett with Swimmer One, Biphonic Records and David Greig that takes the form of theatre show, and album, a film and a book. It features new music by:
- Withered Hand
- Wounded Knee
- Bigg Taj
- RM Hubbert
- Rachel Sermanni
- Ricky Ross
- Conquering Animal Sound
- Emma Pollock
- Swimmer One
- Eugene Kelly
- Cora Bissett
- Laura Lewis and the Teadance Orchestra
The theatre show and book features new writing by:
- David Greig
- Annie Griffin
- Alan Spence
- Alan Bissett
- Kirstin Innes
- Isabel Wright
- Stef Smith
- Kieran Hurley
- Skye Loneragan
- David Ireland
The project takes various forms:
- A theatre show, which premiered at the Arches, Glasgow from 26-29 June 2012.
- A 16-track album, featuring new material by the artists involved, released on Biphonic Records.
- A book, containing writing contributed to the show and photography from the making of the the album, film and theatre production.
- A 60-minute film by Daniel Warren, which premiered at Summerhall during the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and will be touring.
Whatever Gets You Through The Night is a compilation of stories happening across Scotland between the hours of midnight and 4am. From a heartfelt goodbye on the shore of Loch Lomond to an encounter in a late night Aberdeen taxi queue, we meet lost souls, party animals and dreamers, in a snapshot of an entire nation at its most vulnerable and revealing.
You can buy the book/album via Bandcamp.
Reviews of the theatre show
‘Musical highlights are many – the sultry 60s-style balladry of Emma Pollock’s Dark Skies; the sleepy romanticism of Rachel Sermanni’s Lonely Taxi, 2am; and the raucous singalong of Eugene Kelly’s Chips and Cheese, a homage to Glasgow’s after-hours meal of choice.’ ★★★★ The Guardian
‘A major achievement.’ ★★★★ The List
‘Fascinating and challenging… There’s real heart to this poignant and touchingly funny series of musical snapshots of how we live now.’ ★★★★ The Herald
‘A fiercely likeable evening of theatre, rich in talent and musical inspiration.’ ★★★★ The Scotsman