Scott faces his most chal­leng­ing act­ing role

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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

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