Apphia Campbell credit Mihaela Bodlovic

Scotland on Sunday 26 July 2020

It was a family holiday somewhere in the Republic of Ireland. I don’t remember the name of the town, but it must have been a Sunday in the 1970s and, being Roman Catholic, my family had gone along to mass in the local church. It was packed.

So packed the congregation spilled on to the street. In my memory, a bunch of men were standing outside, smoking and possibly even drinking. Whatever they were up to, they certainly weren’t listening to the service. [READ MORE]

By Mark Fisher

MARK FISHER is a freelance theatre critic and feature writer based in Edinburgh and has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s. He is a theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to the Scotsman and other publications. He is the co-editor of the play anthology Made in Scotland (1995), and the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (2012) and How to Write About Theatre (2015) – all Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. He is also the editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls and What Do You Call That Noise? An XTC Discovery Book (both Mark Fisher Ltd).