In The Eye of The Storm
The security guys in black suits turned up first. I’m not sure the idea of the Deputy First Minister playing a Fringe show in a yurt was making them happy.
‘What will you do if there’s a heckle?’ said one of the guys.
‘I don’t know,’ I said. ‘I don’t think our audience do heckle.’
(I politely ignored the esteemed audience member and former elected parliamentarian who coughed ‘he’s a c***’ in a previous show.)
‘What will you do if someone does heckle?’
‘I think I shall say… ‘it sounds like you’re angry about something. Would you like to elaborate?’
He raised an eyebrow.
Fortunately, today’s polemicist, John Carnochan, who’s an ex cop of 30 years, turned out to know them. When John spoke they visibly relaxed. I think they thought, if somebody goes for Nicola this hippy won’t be able to do anything but at least Carnochan will be able to sort it. Which was both true – John radiates authority – and ironic – John’s polemic is a brilliant picking apart of Scottish masculinity and its reliance on violence.
They were lovely.
I saw them laughing at Whyte & Mackay.
In any event, there was no heckle.