The Guardian 17 August 2022

A few years ago, the director Stewart Laing invented a character called Paul Bright. He was a Glasgow performance artist who had staged an epic adaptation of Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg in the 1980s, and Laing assembled the press cuttings, posters and first-hand memories to prove it.

In another parallel universe, 12 miles east in Airdrie, a band called Memorial Device were acquiring a similar cult status. As imagined by David Keenan in his 2017 novel, they grew out of the ashes of North Lanarkshire combos with names like Occult Theocracy and might even have supported Sonic Youth had they not split up. Those other local bands were good – Chinese Moon, who represented themselves on stage as mannequins, were particularly notable – but Memorial Device were the special ones. [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).