Ed­in­burgh Fringe date for Scott - via a de­tour to Fin­land

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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

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