About Cora

“Bissett is fiery, sexy and a huge star in waiting, give it all the energy and welly it deserves.” (Midsummer, London Evening Standard) ★★★★★

Cora Bissett is an award-winning actor and theatre director from Scotland. She has been described as “mercurial” (The Herald), “one of Scotland’s most respected actors” (The Scotsman) and “consistently beguiling” (The London Evening Standard).

In 2009, Cora won The Stage Award for Best Actress at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for her role in David Grieg’s smash hit romantic comedy Midsummer which subsequently toured to Vancouver, Brussels and enjoyed a sell-out run at Soho Theatre, London.

“actors Cora Bissett and Matthew Pidgeon in dazzlingly assured performances”

(The Vancouver Sun ★★★★★)

Cora has worked across an extremely diverse range of theatre styles from classical, physical, devised and experimental, creating her own devised shows, working in a highly collaborative way with choreographers, aerial artists, live improvising singers and musicians.

She has also worked widely in television and film, playing a regular role in the cult Scottish BAFTA winning series High Times, Rebus, Andrea Arnold’s Palme D’Or winning Red Road, and as a regular in Scotland’s most loved comedy, Rab C. Nesbitt.

In 2007, Cora won the Arches Award for Stage Directors which saw her create the critically acclaimed Amada. The production was nominated by the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) for Best Use of Music, and went on to tour nationally.

In 2009, she set up her own company, Pachamama Productions, and launched her debut production, Roadkill, during Refugee Week Glasgow, 2010. Roadkill played at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the Made In Scotland Showcase, 2010.

Awards

Actor

  • Stage Award for Best Actress, Midsummer, 2009
  • Fringe First, Slick, 2008
  • Stage Award for Best Ensemble, Fierce, 2004
  • BAFTA Scotland, Best Scottish Television Drama, High Times, 2004
  • Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland Best Actress nominee, Midsummer, 2009

Director

  • Event of the year, Scots Trad Music Awards, GRIT: The Martyn Bennett Story, 2014
  • Creative Scotland, Theatre Award, Whatever Gets You Through the Night, 2012
  • Olivier Award, Best Production in an Affiliate Theatre, Roadkill, 2012
  • Fringe First, Roadkill, 2010
  • Amnesty Award for Freedom of Expression, Roadkill, 2010
  • Herald Angel, Roadkill, 2010
  • Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Roadkill, 2010
  • Edinburgh International Festival Award, Roadkill, 2010
  • Holden St Theatre Award (Australia), Roadkill, 2010
  • Stage Award for Best Actress – Mercy Ojelade, Roadkill, 2010
  • Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, Best Production, Roadkill, 2010
  • Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, Best Actress – Mercy Ojelade, Roadkill, 2010
  • Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland, for Best Use of Music in Theatre nominee, Amada, 2007

“faultless as Chris Guthrie. She beautifully managed the transition from bright-eyed girl to determined woman.” (Sunset Song,The Scotsman)

“If there is one persuasive reason to see this show it is Cora Bissett” (Sunset Song, The Herald)

“Bisset in particular lends the whole an unexpected depth” (Misery Guts, The Independent)

“Bissett invests Stella with an infectious energy … a standout, coming close to stealing the show by adding subtle, emotionally complex touches” (A Streetcar Named Desire, The List)

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