Brian makes the cut for the fringe
Ex-Stonelaw pupil on stage
A former Stonelaw pupil will make his Edinburgh Festival debut later this year after securing a role in a new theatre show.
Brian McKigen, who also attended Spittal Primary, will be appearing in A Tale Etched In Blood And Hard Black Pencil at the Space On The Mile in Edinburgh from August 4 until August 12.
The play is a black comedy and an adaptation of the novel by the popular Scottish novelist Christopher Brookmyre.
It is an exciting opportunity for the young actor, who graduated from New College Lanarkshire last year.
Brian, who stays in Castlemilk, said: “It’ll be my first time appearing at anything at the Fringe, so it’s really exciting.
“I have read the book before and it’s great to be part of it because Chris Brookmyre is a fantastic writer and you can see your childhood flash before your eyes reading it.
“It’s been one of the most challenging shows to do, because we’re all playing various parts, there’s a lot of music and it’s physical to do.
“Everyone has a principal part that they focus on, and mine is a character called Colin.
“He’s dead at the start of the play and we then go backwards from there to the characters school days and growing up, and the misplaced ambition that led him down the path.
“You can connect with him because you can see why he’s made those decisions .”
The plot sees a double murder reunite the classmates of St Elizabeth’s Primary School, meaning scores are settled, debts are repaid and alliances are forged.
The production is being brought to the stage by the Scottish theatre company Horsehead, and their director Caroline Lewis.
Brian added: “This is the first time I’ve worked with Horsehead .
“Caroline is so tuned in. She has a great vision and is being bold and ambitious with her choices - sometimes that pays off but it can be scary as well.
“As an actor, working with someone that has that ambition is really inspiring though, you want to make sure it succeeds.”
Since graduating last year Brian has kept himself busy.
“I’ve been on tour a few times since graduating, because I went straight into doing the show This Is My Life, playing Kevin, who’s dad was a marine.
“It looked at how do you cope with a family member in the army, or just in a profession where they are away a lot of the time, and it was a really good experience.”
Caroline is tuned in, she has a great vision