Shake­spear­ian Out­lander

Ex-Stonelaw High ac­tor goes from TV block­buster to tra­di­tional clas­sic

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A for­mer Stonelaw High pupil has had a star­ring role in a new pro­duc­tion of a Shake­speare clas­sic.

Ai­dan Cur­ran played Ban­quo in Mac­beth at the Scot­tish Youth Theatre last month.

The show ran for three days as part of City of Glas­gow Col­lege’s Creative City fes­ti­val, and Ai­dan per­formed to hun­dreds of peo­ple as a re­sult.

Ai­dan has pre­vi­ously worked as an ex­tra on hit TV show Out­lander, which is cur­rently film­ing in Scot­land.

Ai­dan said: “I found that Shake­speare is very dif­fer­ent to any­thing I’ve ever done be­fore.

“The struc­ture of lan­guage and the words are so dif­fer­ent to my pre­vi­ous roles.

“Some sen­tences will last two sec­onds and oth­ers will keep go­ing and go­ing and go­ing.

“The whole way you ap­proach a char­ac­ter is com­pletely dif­fer­ent and it has re­ally helped me de­velop as an ac­tor.”

It was a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to his work on Out­lander, a se­ries on which fel­low Ruther­glen ac­tor Scott Kyle has also ap­peared.

Ai­dan added: ““For Out­lander they cut all my hair, shaved my beard off and dressed me up as a stu­dent from the 60s.

“A wee area in Glas­gow’s West End was com­pletely re­made into a Bos­ton street.

“It was a huge pro­duc­tion and it was amaz­ing to see the huge amount of cam­eras that were used to get just one shot of peo­ple walk­ing down the street.

“It was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence as I’ve never re­ally worked in film be­fore.

“Hope­fully I will get the chance to do more of that kind of work again in the fu­ture.”

Ai­dan is cur­rently study­ing an HND in Act­ing and Per­for­mance at City of Glas­gow Col­lege, as well as play­ing gui­tar with the band Fly­ing By Mir­rors.

Stephen Caf­ferty, Act­ing and Per­for­mance lec­turer at City of Glas­gow Col­lege, praised the ef­forts of Ai­dan and the rest of the cast of Mac­beth

He said: “Mac­beth is a fan­tas­tic play and Ai­dan is a real star, in fact all of the stu­dents are very tal­ented.

“Each of the stu­dents worked in­cred­i­bly hard to per­fect their roles and per­form­ing Shake­speare live was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for them to have for when they leave col­lege and move on in their ca­reers.”

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