For the first Scots Whay Hae! podcast of 2024 Ali spoke to actor and writer Forbes Masson to talk about his starring role in a new one-person adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde, which is at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh from 13-27th January before going on tour.
Forbes talks about the production itself, collaborating with writer Gary McNair and director Michael Fentiman, returning to the Lyceum after 20 years, the challenges of playing multiple roles, the complexities of Stevenson's text, and why it remains relevant today.
The production is dedicated to the late Sir Michael Boyd who was central in not only Forbes' career, but in the development of modern Scottish theatre and Forbes talks warmly about their relationship, going back to the halcyon days of Glasgow's Tron Theatre in the 80s and 90s.
He also touches upon his work alongside Alan Cummings, including as double act Victor and Barry who mark their 40th anniversary with Victor & Barry's Kelvinside Compendium: A Meander Down Memory Close which will be published by 404 Ink later this year.
It's a fascinating chat with one of the finest stage actors of the last 40 years, one which whets the appetite for this production of Jekyll and Hyde.
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