Scott to stage revo­lu­tion in the­atre role

One-stop shop for Scot­land’s ris­ing stars

Rutherglen Reformer - - Landemer Day - Douglas Dickie

‘Out­lander’ star Scott Kyle started work in a new role this week and set his sights on rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing Scot­tish the­atre.

The 34-year-old Ruther­glen ac­tor has been artis­tic di­rec­tor at Bath­gate’s Re­gal The­atre for the past five years.

But on Mon­day he started in his role as pro­gramme man­ager for On at Fife, which op­er­ates four the­atres across the King­dom.

And Scott, a for­mer pupil at Stonelaw High, reck­ons the role is the first step on his way to cre­at­ing a one-stop shop for acts who want to tour Scot­land.

“The fact there are four the­atres fits into my plan for a Sub­way sys­tem,” he says.

“Imag­ine your band wants to tour Scot­land. You need to phone some­one like my­self at ev­ery venue and then you find the the­atres don’t work in synch.

“My idea is to have one per­son: you start there and they work with the the­atres, bring­ing to­gether their dif­fer­ent pro­grammes and us­ing their mar­ket­ing bud­get to pro­mote the show.

“You then go to each venue, like the Sub­way.

“Hav­ing four the­atres is a start to that. I can book some­one for all four and then they know they have guar­an­teed gigs.

“My aim is so the acts can fo­cus on their per­for­mance. It shouldn’t be about mar­ket­ing or pro­mot­ing or be­ing a tour man­ager. I just want to let them get on with it.

“I’ve been there my­self when I did ‘Sin­gin’ I’m no a Billy, he’s a Tim’. I couldn’t ac­tu­ally fo­cus on the act­ing, I had to do ev­ery­thing else then go on stage. It was time that would have been bet­ter spent re­hears­ing.”

Scott’s new role will see him work­ing at Dun­fermline’s Carnegie Hall, the Lochgelly Cen­tre, the Adam Smith The­atre in Kirk­caldy and Rothes Hall in Glen­rothes.

He ad­mits it will be a big step up for him but it is a chal­lenge he is rel­ish­ing.

“Th­ese are all new the­atres to me with big­ger ca­pac­i­ties,” he said.

“It’s a big change for me but my aim is al­ways to grow. I wanted to take ‘Billy and Tim’ to places like Amer­ica and Aus­tralia be­cause I wanted the idea to grow.

“It’s a new role as well. I’ll be book­ing acts and deal­ing with con­tracts.

“At the Re­gal I was artis­tic di­rec­tor but I was ac­tu­ally a bit of ev­ery­thing: man­ager, jan­i­tor, cleaner.

“I know if I want to move on to even big­ger the­atres like the King’s or Cit­i­zens then I need to learn how th­ese places work.

“It’s ex­cit­ing and scary. Al­though I have the skill set, it’s a bit like go­ing back to school.”

De­spite his ex­cite­ment, Scott will leave be­hind many friends at Bath­gate, hav­ing trans­formed the for­tunes of the Re­gal over the past few years.

And he re­vealed the date of leav­ing meant a bizarre pat­tern con­tin­ued.

“I had five years at the Re­gal af­ter five years of ‘Billy and Tim’ and be­fore that I worked in Safe­way for five years,” he laughed. “That seems to be the magic num­ber.

“The Re­gal has been a big, big part of my life. I put a lot of my heart and soul into that place but, like ‘Billy and Tim’, I have taken it as far as I can.

“I think I’m leav­ing it as a bet­ter place. You al­ways want to leave with the place in bet­ter shape than when you started.”

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