Sunday, 12 August 2012

David Hayman: Edinburgh profile

Fresh from a hugely acclaimed run as King Lear at Glasgow Citizen's Theatre this spring, David Hayman takes centre stage in the Assembly Rooms Fringe single-hander Six And A Tanner.

Set in a Glasgow funeral parlour, Hayman plays a middle-aged man reliving the joys and tragedies of his 1950s childhood as he rages at the coffin of his dead father.

Hayman's remarkable career began in the Citizen's and he rose to international fame when he played hard man and convicted murderer Jimmy Boyle in the film A Sense Of Freedom in 1979.

He has appeared in and directed many film and television productions, from Hollywood to arthouse to documentaries. He is well known for his role as DCS Mike Walker in the long-running TV crime thriller series Trial And Retribution which ran on ITV until 2009.

An outspoken, radical but non-party-aligned public personality, Hayman has been a prominent supporter of Scottish independence.

Proceeds from the Assembly Rooms show will go to the charity Spirit Aid which Hayman established in 2001.

It aims to provide support for "children and young people whose lives have been devastated by war, poverty, genocide, ethnic cleansing and all forms of abuse." The charity has run projects in places such as Kosovo, Guinea Bissau, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa as well as in Scotland.

A former steelyard apprentice, Hayman was awarded an honorary doctorate earlier this month from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - as the Royal Scottish Academy of Dramatic Art where he trained is now called - for his services to the arts.

David Hayman is appearing in Six And A Tanner at The Assembly Rooms until August 26.

Source: Morning Star

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