‘Jimmy Mack Follies’ at Natural Food Kafe (Fringe Venue 415)

Award-winning artist, inventive writer and dry-witted scavenger poet with an appetite for absurdity, James Alexander McKenzie presents an unusual solo show that is a blend of theatre, spoken word and stand-up… 


Jimmy Mack Follies is a variety show with a focus on theatrical, deadpan spoken word performances.

Parodying alternative representations of masculinity, and drawing from an expansive pool of source material that includes his experience working as a barman, McKenzie’s offbeat line-up presents performances from…

𝘋𝘳 𝘑𝘰𝘤𝘬 𝘏𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘦 (a ridiculous barfly);

𝘙𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰 (a self-deprecating, lamenting mess);

𝘈𝘪𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘉𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯 (a barman at a chaotic, nightmarish airport bar);

𝘎𝘳𝘪𝘮 𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘳 (a cloaked skeleton desperate to be assigned a different post);

𝘉𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘚𝘩𝘪𝘬𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘪 (a caricature of controversial poet Charles Bukowski).

These acts are threaded together by McKenzie acting as…

𝘔𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘦𝘴.

Jimmy Mack Follies is a wry, provocative, philosophical, comical and surreal one-man multi-act.


21-23, 25-28 August 15:20 (not 24th)

Natural Food Kafe (venue 415)

55 Clerk Street, Newington




Fenris Wolf and Ragnar Thorfinn in Scotland Small?

The Fenris Wolf and Ragnar Thorfinn outfit are exhibiting at the RSA from the end of the month. Part of the exhibition Scotland Small?, our body of work draws from our artist residency with the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney in 2019.
Fenris Wolf and Ragnar Thorfinn is an artist collective consisting of James Alexander McKenzie and Daniel O’Dempsey as abiding contributors and includes anyone that the pair collaborate with when operating as Fenris Wolf and Ragnar Thorfinn. It is a vehicle for experimentation, collaboration and developing ideas within the realms of fine art, performance art, spoken word, poetry, music, and theatre.
The collective was founded in 2019 when McKenzie and O’Dempsey undertook a collaborative artist residency with the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney in partnership with the Royal Scottish Academy awarded through the RSA Residencies for Scotland scheme. During their residency, McKenzie and O’Dempsey developed an experimental play also titled Fenris Wolf and Ragnar Thorfinn. Collaborating with local musicians for Acts 1 and 2, they exhibited each of their three acts at different venues in Stromness for the Orcadian public during October 2019. They also developed a podcast series titled Red Lite Radio during their residency which they distributed through Soundcloud.
Scotland Small?, RSA Lower Galleries, 25 June – 24 July
Orcadia: A Fenris and Ragnar Story
Film screening & Q&A
Saturday 2 July 2022
Hawthornden Lecture Theatre | Royal Scottish Academy
Free | Registration required
2 - 3pm
Fenris Wolf and Ragnar Thorfinn: Act 4
Live Performance
Sunday 3 July
RSA Lower Galleries
Free | Registration required

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‘Farewell My Darlings’

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🗓 Friday 13th August
⏰ Performance starts 6pm, approx 1 hour long

I’m delighted to announce my upcoming live performance ‘Farewell My Darlings’.

‘Farewell My Darlings’ is a theatrical poetry reading with visual art backdrop. Tickets are £10 and include a risoprinted pamphlet.

This will be my first (physical) live performance since the pandemic began and is a finale piece before I move down South. There are only 50 tickets available to this event and it would amazing to sell them all!

‘Farewell My Darlings’, Friday 13th August 2021, 6pm. St. Margaret’s
House, Gallery 1 (third floor), EH7 6AE.

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