Matthew Pidgeon

'The Lyceum is my home town theatre and being there is always special for me. It's an integral part of the culture of Edinburgh and Scotland - a bit of a magic place if you grew up there.The theatre is probably the most beautiful I've worked in too and it has my favourite green room!
I've been in a few shows there over the years both for the company and the Edinburgh festival. It started me off as an actor really.
I remember appearing there in The Glass Menagerie in the 1990s. Monica Dolan was playing Laura and I was Jim. In those days The Lyceum did a preview in which students could get in free. On this particular night they were queueing round the block to get in and the show was packed with a boisterous young crowd. During the scene where Laura and Jim finally kiss there was an amazing whoosh of sound and then absolute silence as we parted and Monica, playing Laura, stood, eyes closed, locked in the moment. Monica's a brilliant actress and that audience and theatre were totally with her in that moment.It was electric.
I can also remember the great Sandy Grierson, on stage,in full Tin Man costume,axe in hand,remonstrating with some particularly naughty kids during a schools matinee of The Wizard of Oz...ah well,if he only had a heart!'

Matthew Pidgeon

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