Syd Barrett play coming to the stage

The chaotic life of Syd Barrett will come to the stage for a new play, as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

One Thinks of It All As a Dream is written by novelist Alan Bissett, whose previous works such as The Incredible Adam Spark, and Death of a Ladies’ Man deal with the inner workings of the mind.

Barrett, the founding member, lead singer and guitarist for Pink Floyd, dropped out of the band in 1968 as they were reaching their peak, with rumours of mental illness and erratic behaviour following him to his self-sustained seclusion.

He died in 2006 after decades out of the spotlight.

Bissett, whose previous stage work includes The Pure, The Dead and The Brilliant at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, has said that the four-part play will focus on Barrett’s talent, and the pressures of the music industry.

“At the centre of it is a man in pain,” he said. “Syd Barrett is unique in rock n roll history, and certainly haunted Pink Floyd’s music after he left.”

The play, featuring live music and recordings of Pink Floyd’s work, will be staged in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen later this year to coincide with both the 70th anniversary of Barrett’s birth and the tenth anniversary of his death.

Listen to a BBC documentary about Barrett:

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