Edinburgh Fringe date for Scott - via a detour to Finland
Scott Kyle is heading back to the Edinburgh Fringe after a two year break - but he’s taking a detour to Finland first.
The Rutherglen actor has been offered a part in Finnish production ‘Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang’, a kids play from Ace Productions, who Scott has performed with before.
Based on the Swedish children’s book, the play follows the adventures of Masarin and his dad, Loranga, who live together in a house. Out in the woodshed lives Masarin’s grandfather, Dartanjang who is hypochondriac and slightly demented.
Scott will take on a variety of roles, ranging from a yellow-haired woman to a hot dog man. Throughout the play, Masarin will come into contact with Scott’s characters.
Before the show hits Edinburgh in August, Scott will spend two weeks in Helsinki rehearsing later this month.
And as he’s coming into a production that’s already well established, he admits it will have its own pressures.
He said: “I don’t think I’d have normally gone to Finland, but it’s nice to tick another country off the list.
“I was down in London at an audition for a BBC thing. I don’t think I got that but on the same day I got a call from Ace Productions who gave me a starting offer, so I didn’t even need to audition.
“The show is quite a big thing in Finland. It has been running for a while and I am going in and need to learn the parts quite quickly.
“It was a bit like that with Billy and Tim. We would bring someone new in and they had to hit the ground running, so it’s a really difficult job. I’ll have my work cut out to catch up with them.”
Scott is no stranger to the Fringe. In 2010 he picked up Stage magazine’s best actor award for his part in the anti-sectarian play, I’m No a Billy, He’s a Tim.
And he was back in 2013 in the play, Bad Boy Eddie, when he first worked with Ace Productions.
Scott would have attended anyway in his role as artistic director at Bathgate’s Regal Theatre, but he admits going back as a performer is extra special: “It’s the biggest arts festival in the world.
“It’s where everyone is at that time of year. I’d have been going to look at shows anyway, so to be going back as a performer as well is brilliant.
“Every year I go back I think ‘I want to win that title again’. I doubt I’ll do it with a kids show, they might not even be considered, but I’ll give it my best shot.”
Scott spent last summer filming the hit war movie, Kajaki. He will now use up his holiday’s from the Regal to rehearse, and he admits one person who may not best pleased is his wife, Karen.
“My poor wife hasn’t had a holiday in two years,” he laughs.
“I was away for seven weeks last year. There were a lot of days by the pool, but plenty of 14 hour days in the desert as well, mind you.
“I‘ll be away in Finland for two weeks now and I’ll need to use up holidays from the theatre. Although because the show is at 10.25am, I won’t need to take time off during the festival at least.
“She’s very, very supportive though. It’s only two weeks I’m using up so we’ll try and get away towards the end of the year.”
The success of Kajaki continues to boost Scott’s profile. The film has now been released on DVD, and is currently sitting at number eight in the iTune charts.
In the USA, it has appeared on Fox News and talk show host Montel Williams has given it his seal of approval. It also won an award for best true story at one of the many film festivals across the pond.
With his full-time role at Bathgate, Scott is in a position most actors can only dream off: “I think people expected me to stop acting because I was working.
“The Scottish film scene, there isn’t much there, so it’s a struggle. I’ve been really lucky to do things like Kajaki and the Angel’s Share.
“You see other folk who are back working at normal jobs.
“I was speaking to Matt Costello, who plays Stevie the Bookie in Still Game, recently, and he was telling me some of the great stories from other jobs he has done.
“He goes to schools to give talks and tells them it’s not all about fame.
I’ve been really lucky to do things like Kajaki and Angel’s Share
Scott Kyle spent last summer filming the hit war movie, Kajaki