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For immediate release: Monday 30 October 2017


Alex Salmond...Unleashed, which sold out 19 back-to-back shows at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival is set for the Borders as its final date this year.

The evening of Friday 24th November in the Volunteer Hall in Gala sees the climax of the autumn mini-tour which has already seen four shows in Aberdeen and Alloa.

Speaking ahead of the performance, the former First Minister said:

"I am delighted to be bringing the show to Gala. The touring show is twice the length of the Fringe performance and the whole Unleashed gang is looking forward to the evening.

"Of course, the show is about politics but the emphasis is on the lighter side with plenty of comedy, chat and music.  It is a variety show that keeps the audience guessing as to what will come next.

"My sister, Gail, who stays in Hawick,  tells me that the Volunteer Hall is a lovely traditional venue and will provide plenty of opportunity for audience participation”

Each show features a mystery special guest and the Edinburgh show featured film stars Brian Cox and Martin Compston as well as politicians like David Davies and Commons Speaker John Bercow.

Definitely on their way to Gala will be legendary singer, Sheena Wellington as well as Alex’s house band The Carloways. However, Mr Salmond is tight-lipped about the special guest star.

"I like the special guest to be known only when he or she is introduced onto the stage. That formula adds greatly to the fun and sense of excitement” he explained.

It is likely that Mr Salmond’s version of the much loved Rikki Fulton character, the Rev. Jolly will put in an appearance.

"The Very Reverend Former First Minister brought the house down in Aberdeen and Alloa and is looking forward to cheering up the Borders,” the former First Minister joked.

In addition to selling out 23 shows thus far Alex Salmond Unleashed has raised some £27,000 for charities in Scotland and beyond.


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