Kirkcaldy actor’s role in new production at the Tron

Alan rehearsing with co-star Lucy Goldie
Alan rehearsing with co-star Lucy Goldie

Homegrown acting talent Alan MacKenzie is about to take to the stage at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow in a new production of the rarely produced play The Pitchfork Disney.

It opens later this month with Alan playing the lead part of Presley Stray.

Alan MacKenzie

Alan MacKenzie

Originally from Kirkcaldy, Alan went to Balwearie High School before going on to study acting for stage and screen at Edinburgh’s Napier University.

He has always shown a keen interest in acting and being on the stage, taking drama lessons and taking part in many small productions at school and in various drama clubs throughout the Lang Toun.

He said: “Although I didn’t get started in acting straight away professionally or joined an amateur acting club, I’ve always had a keen interest in being on stage.

‘‘After a stint at Glasgow University, where the course I was doing fell through, I decided to take it more seriously and enrolled at Napier to study acting.”

And he hasn’t looked back since.

Having already starred in a number of other productions including Globophobia in 2013 and parts in two Edinburgh Fringe plays - Fourplay and Someone To Watch Over Me - Alan has built up quite a portfolio of work.

“I really enjoy working on the stage as I feel you get a lot more involved compared to work on television, which I have done in the past,” continued Alan.

“You work with the same people for a good part of the time and build relationships and friendships. Everybody works together to put on a great show. In TV work, you come in, do your part and then leave, so I do prefer the stage and I’m really looking forward to taking on the part of Presley Stray.”

The theatre production of The Pitchfork Disney, directed by Eve Nicol, tells the story of the Stray twins, Presley and Haley, who, following the mysterious death of their parents, start to shut themselves off from the outside world.

They begin to live off nothing but sweets and chocolate and make up stories of whatthey believe may be happening in the world they have left behind.

The arrival of the flamboyant showman Cosmo Disney, who may just be a fragment of Presley’s dream, starts to cofuse things between the twins’ reality and their own private, self-made world.

The production, which features many talented Scottish actors, was first seen in Glasgow in 1993 starring actress Helen Baxendale. Now the artistic director of the Tron theatre brings it back to the stage with the help of the University of Glasgow’s Creative Practice Fund.

The play runs from March 25-29.