In conversation: Tony Roper

Tony Roper and Andy Hall at their event at Arbuthnott's Grassic Gibbon Centre.

Tony Roper and Andy Hall at their event at Arbuthnott's Grassic Gibbon Centre.

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A sell-out audience enjoyed an excellent evening of entertainment with comedy actor and writer Tony Roper at the Grassic Gibbon Centre in Arbuthnott.

It was the latest in a series of conversations that previously has included Wilie Miller, Isla St. Clair, Eileen McCallum and South Pole local hero Luke Robertson.

In conversation with director Andy Hall, Tony regaled the audience with tales of his life from his childhood days in Glasgow doing a variety of jobs before accidentally discovering his lifetime path in acting.

From his early days in theatre doing everything from pantomime to Shakespeare, he traced his life from Scotch and Wry with Rikki Fulton to playing Rab C. Nesbitt’s wide-boy pal Jamesie Cotter and writing the BAFTA winning play on a great Glasgow institution in The Steamie.

A highlight of the evening was when Tony performed a monologue of the reverend I.M. Jolly that he had written for a play about his late friend Rikki Fulton.

Thanks are due to Brian Duncan who delivered a fun quiz on Scottish television and theatre over the meal to put everyone in the mood for a very memorable evening of enetertainment with one of Scotland’s favourite actors in the heart of Sunset Song country.

Of his visit to the Mearns, Tony said: “We had a wonderful evening of fun with a great audience at the Lewis Grassic Gibbon Centre in conversation with Andy Hall.

“The food was delicious as well. A five star evening.”

Speaking before the event, Andy Hall said: “Tony’s talents are amazing in their diversity.

“He has delighted television audiences for years as Jamesie Cotter in Rab C. Nesbitt, in Scotch and Wry on Hogmanay, in Only an Excuse on radio and in a whole variety of highly successful theatre perfomances including ‘Rikki and Me’, about the life of his great friend Rikki Fulton.

“One of his greatest achievements is having written “The Steamie” for theatre audiences, a moving and very funny insight into the ongoings of one of Glasgow’s most famous institutions. It will be a very special night.”.

Alongside the licensed event, there was a two-course supper, a special raffle, a fun quiz put together by Brian Duncan and a special auction of a framed photographic print of Arbuthnott, signed by Andy and Tony.

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