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Here’s Oor Wullie: Scotland’s favourite son’s musical opening night

Martin Quinn as Oor Wullie.
Martin Quinn as Oor Wullie.

Anticipation is building as Oor Wullie bursts into life this week for a starring role in his own musical.

And we can provide a sneak peek of actor Martin Quinn, who will play the iconic ­character, in full costume.

The Paisley-born actor spent Friday ­afternoon with a barber having his hair dyed and styled to look just like the scamp from Auchenshoogle.

“I think it’s the same colour as my gran had at one point,” laughed Martin. “It’s a bit of a shock to the system.”

The show opens at Dundee Rep Theatre on Saturday and will play in the city until January 5, before touring the country.

The 24-year-old admits he has “found it a bit daunting” but is proud to be
playing Wullie.

“It’s rare to have the chance to play a character everyone knows. He even beat people like Billy Connolly to be named Scotland’s favourite son in a poll.

“The show is great fun and I think it will appeal to fans as well as the panto audience.”

Oor Wullie The Musical tells the story of new character Wahid, a Scottish schoolboy who helps Wullie recover his ­stolen bucket from Basher MacKenzie in the real world.

River City and Trainspotting star Annie Louise Ross is PC Murdoch, while Grant McIntyre, Bailey Newsome and Dan Buckley will portray Wullie’s pals, Wee Eck, Soapy Soutar and Fat Boab.


Oor Wullie The Musical is at Dundee Rep Theatre from Saturday until Jan 5