Burns Unbroke - Events

A new contemporary multi-arts festival offering diverse creative responses to Burns.
  • Oor Rabbie

    Thu 25 Jan 2018

    By Andy Cannon and Wendy Weatherby.

    Featuring Burns’ most popular works – including Tam O’Shanter, Tae a Mouse, Tae a Louse, Address to a Haggis – and with lots of audience participation, poetry, storytelling and live music.

  • Rachel Sermanni

    Fri 26 Jan 2018

    Folk-noir balladeer Rachel Sermanni’s work has been described as ‘Stately, Poetic, Rooted in the Traditional’ (Clash) and she cites Burns as an inspiration. But her work is also contemporary, with grungy guitars providing the foil for her rich and poetic lyrics on her most recent album.

  • Flint & Pitch: A Flyting

    Sat 27 Jan 2018

    Five poets respond critically, wittily, whimsically and bitingly to a Burns poem of their choosing. With bespoke sets, and a raised eyebrow (and a raised glass) to Rabbie, come join five of Scotland’s best loved poets and spoken word acts as they take on and respond to Burns’ work with their own provocations and verse.

  • Neu! Reekie! – Burns Eruption

    Sat 27 Jan 2018

    “Scotland’s favourite avante-garde noise makers” (The Skinny) present a Burns Night like no other. Line up to be announced, but expect an eclectic mix of musicians and poets, haggis, veggie haggis and nips of Arran Whisky.

  • Robert Burns: Rough Cut

    Robert Burns: Rough Cut

    Sun 28 Jan 2018

    Premiered to critical acclaim on the 2010 Fringe, Robert Burns: Rough Cut is based on Donald Smith’s controversial novel ‘Between Ourselves’.  Recreating Burns’s lost (or unwritten) diaries it tells the story of his short, but pivotal stay in Edinburgh.  Robert Burns’s six months in the capital saw him at full creative stretch, but in crisis and contradiction.  Robert Burns: Rough Cut presents the man behind the myth.

  • A man's a man

    A Man’s A Man For A’ Whit? (work-in-progress)

    Sat 03 Mar 2018

    As part of the Burns Unbroke festival, the “fiercely curious” (The Herald) young theatre company Wonder Fools present the first performance of a new work in development, a contemporary response to the work of Robert Burns.