Burns Unbroke - Events
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.