Grant Stott to take on new ‘serious’ acting role

Andy Gray, left, and Grant Stott tackle their 'serious' role. Picture: Gilded Balloon

Andy Gray, left, and Grant Stott tackle their 'serious' role. Picture: Gilded Balloon

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HE is used to being booed as he stalks the stage as a panto villain or rolling back the years on Forth One’s golden hour – but now Grant Stott is out to show he has a serious side too.

The broadcaster is set to appear alongside fellow panto star Andy Gray at the Gilded Balloon in a three-week run of new production Kiss Me Honey, Honey!

Written specifically for the duo by playwright Philip Meeks, it will be a major ­departure from Stott’s usual work – and he today admitted it was the “scariest thing” he had ever done.

The Hibs fanatic said: “It’s something I’m completely, utterly petrified of, but ­desperate to give it my good shot. It’s so far out of my ­comfort zone, so far away from what we do in the panto.

“It is a proper grown-up play, it is drama. There will be comedy in it, but there are ­serious moments in it as well.

“It’s something that I ­probably wanted to do since I was at school, but my career took a completely different direction. To be able to get a chance to do something like this is a career high for me and I just hope I can do it justice.”

The pair most recently appeared together in Mother Goose at the King’s Theatre last winter.

Stott revealed the new play focused on relationships

He said: “It’s a play about two guys of a certain age who find themselves living near each other in an apartment block, having had their respective relationships broken down.

“They find themselves on their own. They meet, they make friends with each other and then they go out and explore the world of internet dating and speed dating to find women.”

Stott, brother of John Leslie, and Gray – best known for his role as “Chancer” in City Lights – will between them play all the characters in the play – including the female parts.

But unlike many of their panto outings, this time there will be no need to squirm in uncomfortable clothing.

Stott said: “We’ll play all the women in it, but we’ll not be dragging up or anything like that. It’s a very fast-paced play, so things will be done very quickly. It’s very exciting.” Both performers are fresh from their first reading of the script on Monday under director Sam Kane.

Gray said: “It’s something that Grant and I have been wanting to do for a long time from years ago when I first started working with him in panto. I just knew that Grant had a certain something. It’ll stretch us a bit and it’ll stretch the audience’s perception of us a bit, which is good.”

Gilded Balloon marketing manager Jen Mackie said the venue was excited to be producing the show with two renowned local figures.

Kiss Me Honey, Honey! is part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe starting from July 31.

dale.miller@edinburghnews.com

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