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Bute actor making strides in ‘the male Steamie’

Phillip Toop stars in Dirty Water, a play about four down-on-their-luck cleaners which goes on tour this month after a successful run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe.

Phillip Toop stars in Dirty Water, a play about four down-on-their-luck cleaners which goes on tour this month after a successful run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe.

 

A former Rothesay Academy pupil is embarking on a mini-tour of Scotland in a new play which has been described as a male version of The Steamie.

Phillip Toop plays one of four down-on-their-luck guys employed cleaning tenement closes in ‘Dirty Water’, being performed soon in Glasgow, Greenock, East Kilbride and Bathgate following a four-week run at the Edinburgh Fringe last year.

Phillip and his fellow cast member John Stuart were interviewed on The Culture Studio on BBC Radio Scotland on Monday - giving Phillip a chance to share memories of his early theatre performances in Rothesay with the show’s presenter Janice Forsyth, another lover of Bute.

“One of the four guys is an alcoholic, one is coming to terms with being a dad, one is known as ‘The Shagger’ and one is a posh boy fallen on hard times,” John, who holidayed on Bute in his youth, told The Buteman.

“Phillip studied drama with a girl who’s in the show, and as soon as he auditioned we knew he was tailor-made for the part of the posh boy!”

* More on this story in the May 9 edition of The Buteman - on sale now. If you missed Phillip and John’s Radio Scotland interview, you can catch it again on the BBC iPlayer until this Monday, May 12.

 

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