Matthew Scott

'I was with Kenny when he got the phone call offering him the job, and was with him onstage on the night he left it. In the intervening years I composed and/or directed music for something like twenty productions and was an Associate Artist The Lyceum, but it all forms a wonderful blur of brilliantly talented, committed people, of heated discussions conducted in the Blue Blazer (among others), in various Chinese and Indian eateries throughout the city,  all spurred on, and mainly started by Kenny. The sheer quality of what was achieved still astounds me: it’s as though there was a common spark, which Kenny conjured by rubbing us all together vigorously, and with that same delighted concentration that he applied equally to the reading of a new play, to the scrutiny of the list of ingredients of a new recipe, or to the rolling of a resistant Rizla, unperturbed by triumph or disaster. My personal debt to Kenny is immense; he taught me to be brave in my artistic choices, to value my colleagues even in profound disagreements, and from him I learnt an enduring love of Scotland, particularly of that fine building in Grindlay Street and it’s amazing workforce. My personal favourites productions were Victory, MacBeth with it’s revolving towers, and Tom McGovern’s Hamlet. I can’t help you with the dates I’m afraid – it was all, to quote myself – a magnificent blur of activity, and work of a high standard which was triumphantly carried forward and built on by Mark after Kenny’s departure.'

Matthew Scott

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