Scots actor are to talk about their careers on hit television shows Still Game and Only An Excuse in the coming weeks.
Following in the footsteps of Gavin Mitchell, who regaled Fife’s Carnegie Hall guests with stories of his formative days as an actor, various cast members from Still Game and Only An Excuse are signed up to do the same as ONFife’s Actors Studio series continues into the summer months.
Hosted by actor and comedian Ross Owen, these question and answer sessions offer rare, first-hand accounts and backstage stories that offer a glimpse behind the curtain of professional actors working in Scotland.
Actor and comedian Paul Riley leads the way at Lochgelly Centre on Wednesday, 2 May. Known for his role as pensioner Winston Ingram in the Scottish sitcom, Still Game, he previously worked on the sketch show Chewin’ the Fat and starred in, wrote and directed Dear Green Place.
More recently, Paul played Paw Broon in the stage adaptation of The Broons.
Jonathan Watson is best known for his comedy sketch show Only an Excuse?, which parodies people and events from the world of Scottish football, and the BBC comedy Bob Servant Independent in which he appears with Brian Cox. A much-loved character comic, Jonathan became familiar to millions alongside Gregor Fisher, Tony Roper and Elaine C Smith in cult show Naked Video in the 1980s. He joins the Actors Studio at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, 13 May.
Greg Hemphill is a Scottish/Canadian actor, writer, comedian and wrestler who has also presented on television and radio. Along with his comedy partner, Ford Kiernan, he is best known for his co-starring appearances in Still Game and Chewin’ the Fat. He appears at the Adam Smith Theatre on Friday, 25 May.
Finally, fans will have two opportunities to catch Still Game, River City and Grand Gestures star Sanjeev Kholi in conversation as he tips up to Rothes Halls on Friday, 13 July and Adam Smith Theatre on Friday, 27 July. A versatile actor, comic, presenter, musician and sports pundit, Kohli even played God in a music video once upon a time.
Fife Cultural Trust’s interim programming manager Verdi Clark said: ‘We are delighted to have such a strong cast of characters booked up to our newly established series.
‘We want to bring industry professionals into our buildings to inspire the next generation of actors and hopefully give people a real insight into how to get a head start in show business. Of course, we also want to provide an entertaining night for Fife’s many comedy and movie buffs too.’
Tickets for all events are on sale now, priced at £10 (plus £1 booking fee) from HERE.