Performing Arts student wows Edinburgh Fringe audiences

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A Performing Arts student is wowing audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe with his portrayal of an original Bay City Roller.

Stephen Arthur plays a young Alan Longmuir in I Ran With The Gang, an acclaimed production that was also staged at a major fan reunion in Toronto in June.

The 25-year-old, who studies at our Motherwell Campus, is helping re-ignite ‘Rollermania’ in a show that features much-loved songs by the pop sensations including Shang-A-Lang and Bye Bye Baby.

The show also stars Alan Longmuir himself, an Edinburgh-born plumber who became famous as the founding member and bassist of the tartan-clad 70s pin-ups.

The production, written by Liam Rudden, tells the story of the band’s stratospheric rise, its break-up and reunion.

Stephen said: “I feel extremely lucky and honoured to have been given the opportunity to take on the role of a legend, who is still celebrated and loved today by so many Bay City Rollers fans.

“I’m delighted that I Ran With The Gang is my professional debut as an actor – it’s a fantastically well-written and directed show with a lot of talented actors and musicians.

“The love and support we have all received from the fans is very humbling.”

The cast was invited to perform a series of dates at Move Back, an international fan event staged at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto in June.

It marked the 40th anniversary of the Rollers’ appearance in Nathan Phillips Square in 1976 that attracted 40,000 fans from across North America.

Stephen studies BA (Hons) Acting. He recently played John Knox in a production of Liz Lochhead’s Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, which received standing ovations when it was performed at Websters Theatre in Glasgow in June.

He played Ernesto Roma in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in a production staged at SWG3 Warehouse in Glasgow in December 2015.

He said the skills and knowledge he has gained while studying at New College Lanarkshire have proved invaluable as he looks forward to a career as a professional actor.

He said: “The course has prepared me in many ways, from giving me the experience of performing in a variety of shows on different stages to educating me in the works of many practitioners in order to improve myself as an actor.

“Working with everyone involved on the course every day was a fantastic learning curve.

“I had the opportunity to gain a firm training in acting and work with like-minded, talented actors.”

I Ran With The Gang: The Story of Original Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir is at Le Monde Hotel on George Street in Edinburgh until August 29.

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