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Festival of Ideas 2024 - press pack

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Dougray is a renowned and prolific Scottish actor who studied acting at Fife College in Kirkcaldy. His current credits are:


  • Vigil 2 for BBC

  • Exteritorial - film for Netflix (currently in post-production)

  • The Crow Girl for Paramount Plus - currently filming

  • Mandrake for ITV - currently filming


And his previous credits are:


Irena's Vow (Entract Films), Sulphur and White (Front Row Filmed Entertainment), Sea Fever (Bright Moving Pictures), London Town (IFC Films), Tiger House )Glass Man Films) The Vatican Tapes (Lionsgate), The Rezort (Alfa Pictures), Taken 3 (Twentieth Century Fox), Last Passenger (Cohen Media Group), A Thousand Kisses Deep (Osiris (Entertainment), Love's Kitchen (Screen Media Ventures), United (Screen Media Films), There Be Dragons (Samuel Goldwyn Films), New Town Killers (Independent Entertainment), Love Me Forever (Red Frog), Hitman (Twentieth Century Fox), Perfect Creature (Twentieth Century Fox), Dark Water (Buena Vista Pictures), The Truth About Love (First Look International), Things To Do Before You're 30 (Warner Bros.), One Last Chance (All Media Company), The Poet (CP Classics), To Kill A King (Anchor Bay Entertainment), Ripley's Game (Fine Line Features), Enigma (Manhattan Pictures International), Mission: Impossible II (Paramount Pictures), Gregory's Two Girls (Channel Four Films), This Year's Love (Entertainment Film Distributors), Ever After: A Cinderella Story (Twentieth Century Fox), Deep Impact (Paramount Pictures), Behind the Lines (BBC), Another 9 1/2 Weeks (Lionsgate Home Entertainment), Twin Town (Gramercy Pictures), Princes Caraboo (TriStar Pictures).



A Town Called Malice (NOW TV), Crime (ITVX), Batwoman (The CW), Departure (Universal TV), Snatch (Crackle), The Woman in White (PBS), Urban Myths (Sky Arts), Jamie Johnson; Series 2 (BBC), The Replacement (BBC One), Full Circle; Series 3, (Audience), Harley and the Davidsons (Discovery Channel), Fear the Walking Dead; Series 2 (AMC), Hemlock Grove (Netflix), The Wrong Mans; Series 1 (BBC), Strike Back; Series 4 (Cinemax), Doctor Who; Series 7 (BBC), Sinbad (Syfy), The Quinn-tuplets (CBS), The Day of the Triffids (BBC One), Father & Son (ITV), The Diplomat (ION Television), Desperate Housewives; Series 3 (ABC), Heist (NBC), The Ten Commandments (ABC), Arabian Nights (ABC), The Place of the Dead (A+E Networks), The Crow Road (BBC Scotland), Highlander; Series 4 (Davis-Panzer Productions), Soldier Soldier; Series 5 (ITV),  Kavanagh QC (TMC), Stay Lucky; Series 4 (YTV), Tell Tell Hearts (BBC), Lovejoy; Series 3 (BBC), Taggart; Series 7 (ITV), Zorro (New World Television).


Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Theatre Royal Bath), Becket (Theatre Royal Haymarket), To The Green Fields Beyond (Donmar Warehouse), The Power and the Glory (Chichester Festival Theatre), Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Human Love (Hampsted Theatre), This Island's Mine (Drill Hall), Indigo (Almeida Theatre).




In 2020, the world changed forever, as Kieran Hodgson moved to Scotland. Now 'that guy, whatshisname, Gordon off of Two Doors Down' is bringing his fourth Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show to Kirkcaldy to give you an idea of what it's like living as a naïve Englishman in a Scotsman's world. (Mostly fine, actually.) It's an hour of comedy, storytelling and attempts to understand what 'outwith' means. 


Fresh from sold out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre, and from a 40-date UK tour.


(65 mins, plus post-show Q&A with Arabella Weir)


'A smart, humour-filled state of the nation assessment' – The List

'A hilariously and thoughtfully-written piece on where Scotland is and what others think it means to be Scottish' – The National

'A mischievous love-letter to his adopted home' – The Telegraph


As seen on 'Two Doors Down', the 'Bad TV Impressions' Viral Videos and 'Prince Andrew The Musical'.

One of Telegraph's 50 funniest comedians of the 21st Century.

Aspiring walker of the Fife Coastal Path


★★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★★ Telegraph ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ The List★★★★ Chortle ★★★★★ Beyond The Joke ★★★★★ Broadway World ★★★★★ Entertainment Now★★★★★ Mail on Sunday



Arabella is an actor and writer. She is best known as one of the stars of The Fast Show and currently as Beth in the hit BBC sitcom Two Doors Down. Her numerous television credits also include: Dr Who, Harry Enfield and Chums, Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, Spooks, Posh Nosh (which Arabella wrote and starred in with Richard E. Grant), the first two series of Skins, Drifters and Pure. Arabella was also a main contributor to the hugely successful GRUMPY OLD WOMEN shows on the BBC.  This year she made her first soap appearance starring in Coronation Street.

Arabella's first two novels Does My Bum Look Big In This? And Onwards and Upwards (published by Hodder & Stoughton and Penguin respectively) where both domestic and international best sellers.

Arabella sold out her first ever solo show Does My Mum Loom Big In This? at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 prior to a sell-out UK wide tour in 2020 through to 2022.

Arabella has had weekly columns in, and written regularly for, the Guardian, Independent and the Daily Telegraph. 

Arabella is a trustee for Sarah Brown’s charity, Theirworld, and volunteers for Gordon Brown’s poverty tackling initiative the Multibank. Arabella is also a trustee for, and volunteer at, the community gardens Sunnyside Gardens in North London. She is the Artistic Director of Kirkcaldy’s Adam Smith Festival of Ideas.

Arabella was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2024 King's New Years Honours List for her services to the Arts and to Young People.



Professsor Riach from the Adam Smith Business School at Glasgow University is an internationally recognised researcher, educator and keynote speaker in the areas of ageing, gender and diversity.





Erik Angner is a Swedish-American Author and Professor of Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University.  Angner is a moral philosopher whose research grapples with the classical philosophical question - “How should people live”.




Dr Mochrie is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Heriot Watt University and author of Adam Smith Father of the wellbeing economy.




Ana’s PhD researched Adam Smith and Slavery. She is currently continuing to work on this as a Templeton Scholar at the University of Glasgow. 


Roger Mullin is an Honorary Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Stirling.  He is a former Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.  Roger is currently an Ambassador for Transparency Task Force campaigning against corruption in the Financial System, and is a director of the humanitarian organisation REVIVE.

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