Gary’s on red alert with Fringe show

Ac­tor to cel­e­brate Gin­ger Power with fun cabaret

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Johnathan Ged­des

Castlemilk ac­tor Gary La­mont is on red alert with a new show for the Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val in Au­gust.

It will be a one-man cabaret show pay­ing trib­ute to fel­low red­heads, from Cilla Black to Sim­ply Red.

Called ‘Gary La­mont – What a Riddy!’ the ac­tor, who plays hair­dresser Rob­bie in the Scots soap, hopes his Fringe de­but will win him a MOGO – Mu­sic of Gin­ger Ori­gin.

He said: “The show is my con­tri­bu­tion to the ‘Gin­ger Power’ move­ment.

“I want to cel­e­brate how fan­tas­tic it is to be red­headed.

“It’s also my bold at­tempt to try and win a MOGO award – that’s Mu­sic of Gin­ger Ori­gin .

“When we first came up with that idea we thought we had made up a good joke but it turns out they ac­tu­ally do ex­ist, they’re run by a nice man called Barry who lives in Leeds and I’m de­ter­mined that I’m go­ing to be the MOGO win­ner for best new artist 2016.”

And the show ti­tle came from his soap pal Dawn Steele, af­ter they were jok­ing around.

He added: “I told a few close friends that I was think­ing of do­ing a one-man show and ev­ery­one was re­ally en­cour­ag­ing ex­cept Dawn who im­me­di­ately said: ‘Oh my God, you’re gong to be up on stage singing, what a riddy!’

“We laughed so much about it and re­alised that had to be the ti­tle of the show.”

And the soap favourite ad­mits there’s one act in par­tic­u­lar he’s ner­vous about.

He added: “Eddi Reader is the one I’m most ner­vous about as I’ve met her many times and she fol­lows me on Twit­ter.

“So when I launch the video where I com­pletely re­work her Fair­ground At­trac­tion hit Per­fect as a gospel num­ber, I know she might well see it.

“I just hope she doesn’t bat­ter me for ru­in­ing her big tune.”

The show is at The Boards, Ed­in­burgh Play­house from Au­gust 9-13.

Tick­ets are avail­able on­line through www.ed­fringe.com or by tele­phon­ing 0131 226 0000.

Fes­ti­val bound Gary La­mont is head­ing for the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val

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