Brian makes the cut for the fringe

Ex-Stonelaw pupil on stage

Rutherglen Reformer - - Support - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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