Scots actor Brian Cox to take part in this year’s Festival of Politics


The acclaimed Scottish actor Brian Cox CBE has confirmed that he will take part in this year’s Festival of Politics, joining the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer in conversation as they explore his long and successful career on stage and screen.

The Festival of Politics event, Brian Cox in Conversation, will take place in Holyrood’s iconic Debating Chamber from 13:30-14:30 on Saturday 15 August 2015.Tickets are £6.00 each full price and £4.00 for concessions.

Brian’s career ranges from his critically acclaimed portrayals of Titus Andronicus, Petruchio and King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company to television, radio and many movies including Manhunter, Braveheart, Troy and The Bourne Supremacy. Next month he will star in a new production of Waiting for Godot for the 50th Anniversary of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre.

Brian is currently Rector at the University of Dundee and Patron of The University of Dundee The Peto Collection. More than 40 political portraits from The Peto Collection by the Hungarian photojournalist Michael Peto are currently on display in the Parliament until August 22.

Presiding Officer Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP said:

“Festival of Politics is about bringing together people and politics in the heart of the Scottish Parliament. I am very much looking forward to welcoming Brian Cox to the 2015 Festival and chatting to him about his fascinating life and career on stage and screen. We are very pleased that he has been able to find time to join us."

The three day Festival of Politics takes place in the unique setting of the Scottish Parliament from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 August. The Festival brings together a packed programme of debate and discussion in addition to a Festival Café Bar which includes a free programme of music, poetry and dance. To reach out to the next generation of voters, there will also be a brand new Festival Youth Café on Saturday 15 August that will have a number of free workshops on vlogging, cartooning and performance poetry.

In a first for the Festival of Politics, this year will also include a film strand with film screenings on topics that festivalgoers have just discussed including 12 Years a Slave, All the President’s Men and Made in Dagenham.

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