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World premiere of DYL at the Old Red Lion Theatre

Scott Arthur (James) Photo Credit Mark Weinman
DYL rehearsals: Scott Arthur (James) Photo Credit Mark Weinman

Moya Productions and Old Red Lion presents DYL by Mark Weinman at The Old Red Lion Theatre.

Artistic Director of the Old Red Lion Clive Judd directs Scott Arthur in the role of James and Laurie Jamieson in the role of Ryan which sees the three of them reunite following a successful collaboration on Little Malcolm and His Struggles Against The Eunuchs; they are joined by Joyce Greenaway (Wendy) and Rose Wardlaw (Steph). The production opens on 12th May, with previews from 9th May, and runs until 3rd June 2017.

Do you have to hold your breath? … Can you do that?
Yeah. Anyone can.
Not me. Can’t be doing without breath. I’d hate to drown. I’m a big fan of air…
James is 400 miles from home. A new career as a rigger – two weeks onshore, two weeks offshore.
James exists between two very different spaces, and his daughter Dyl is with him in neither of them. Instead, he has Ryan, his live-in landlord – sarcastic, free-spirited and liable to say what he thinks before he thinks what he says. As James focuses on finding the answers from within himself, he risks losing the very relationships that can keep him on track.
A sad comedy, about isolation, the righting of wrongs and shouldering life’s responsibilities.

Scott Arthur, who plays the role of James, answers some questions about the production:

Q: Being on screen and stage – what are the best bits for you?
Scott: A rehearsal room is the greatest gift for an actor. I mean, you’d be pretty f*cked without one but those 4 weeks of discussion, debate, playing, tearing your hair out and discovery are a joy. Then you have the added bonus of an audience which usually changes your perception of the play completely that you’ve been rehearsing for the last few weeks…but I think it’s those moments of discovery, whether you’re rehearsing or on the stage are the best. Oh and going for a drink after rehearsals or a performance. Screen is equally about those moments of discovery but you tend to have very little rehearsal if any, so it’s that adrenaline filled fear of having to be bold and brave on the day that gets you where you need to be. So I guess the best bits about both is the unknown. Not knowing which avenue a scene could go is insanely exciting

Q: DYL is “A sad comedy, about isolation, the righting of wrongs and shouldering life’s responsibilities.” How does that all gel together?
Scott: It gels together as it’s so true to life I guess. Rarely are our lives just straight forward at any one point. Human’s emotions are kind of like a pie chart with the size of the slices changing every day. Never are we just happy or worrying about something individually, there’s usually a million and one things running through our heads. Also, the comedy of the play really helps. Laurie Jamieson who plays Ryan is wonderful in it and helps the serious moments of the play have a real weight.

Q: You play the part of James – Can you tell us about him?
Scott: Without giving too much away, James is a working class lad who has decided to move to Aberdeen and work on an oil rig due to circumstances back home in Wales and is having a pretty rough ride. That’s all I’m saying about him for now otherwise I’ll talk too much and give the whole plot away.

Q: Do you have a set routine to get into a character?
Scott: Not really. It differs for each role. I don’t think you can get too stuck in a routine as you usually adapt to your cast and the character you play.

Q: Why should everyone get along to see DYL?
Scott: It deals with mental health specifically within men. And I think if we understood the complexities of that, it would encourage some very important conversations that just get brushed under the carpet. It’s also very very funny. Mental health and comedy. Good mix right?

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Scott Arthur plays James. His recent theatre work includes Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Crucible), Not the Worst Place (Paines Plough), Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (Southwark Playhouse), How to Find Love in Three Easy Dreams, Vultures (Pentabus Theatre) and The History Boys (Mercury Theatre Colchester). His television credits include Six Wives with Lucy Worsley, Victoria, Da Vinci’s Demons, Being Human, and for film Bridgend and The Somnambulists.

DYL
By Mark Weinman
At The Old Red Lion Theatre
418 St John Road, London EC1V 4NJ
Booking to 3rd June 2017

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