Scott faces his most challenging acting role
Scott Kyle reckons he is facing the biggest challenge of his acting career when he starts performing at the Edinburgh Fringe today (Wednesday).
The 32-year former Stonelaw Pupil is appearing in Finnish production ‘Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang’, a kids play from Ace Productions.
But because the rest of the cast are based in the Scandinavian country, Scott has enjoyed just one full weeks rehearsal.
After spending a week in Helsinki last month, he only met up with the rest of the cast for a second time on Monday when they ran through the show twice at Bathgate’s Regal theatre, where Scott is the artistic director.
Despite having appeared in hit movies like Kajaki, Scott reckons his latest role could be his most difficult yet.
He said: “I’ve never done anything with as little rehearsal before. “The first week is usually spent getting to know the stage set up, where you stand, things like that. But we only had one week to put all the layers together.
“These guys have done the play before, in two different languages, and I want to be standing alongside them doing it the same as them.
“It’s a big, big challenge, the biggest challenge of my acting career.
“But it’s dead exciting, it’s really in the spirit of the Fringe.
“This company had previously put on a show with Billy Mack and he won Stage magazine’s best actor award, the same one I’ve also won, so they have pedigree and history here.”
Based on a 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.
This will be Scott’s first trip to the Fringe as an actor in two years, and he’s looking forward to it.
“I’ve always been a producer through here,” he said.
“I was producing when we done Billy and Tim and even though I was just acting in Bad Boy Eddie two years ago, I was also producing on How To Make a Killing in Bollywood.
“It will be nice just to be an actor and after the show not needing to worry about it .
“This is the biggest arts festival in the world, it’s really exciting.”
Scott is still continuing in his role at the Regal as he looks to build on the success of his role as Paratrooper Sergeant Stuart Pearson in Kajaki.
He added: “I’m doing a new showreel on the back of Kajaki and I had a meeting with the National Theatre of Scotland to see how I can build on that success.”
Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang is on at the Pleasance Dome in Edinburgh from August 5 to August 31. Go to www.pleasance. co.uk for more information.
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Award winner Scott Kyle will be hoping for more success in Edinburgh after scooping Stage magazine’s prestigious best actor award in 2010
Fringe benefits Scott Kyle (centre) is heading back to the Edinburgh Fringe