‘Burns eye’ view of his life

The Spirit of Burns cast rehearsing for Sunday. The cast are (standing) James Hutcheson, Jim Ramsay, Rodger Brunton, Garry Mitchell; and (seated)  Janet Williamson and Violet Thomson.
The Spirit of Burns cast rehearsing for Sunday. The cast are (standing) James Hutcheson, Jim Ramsay, Rodger Brunton, Garry Mitchell; and (seated) Janet Williamson and Violet Thomson.

The story of the Scots Bard Robert Burns will be brought to life this weekend thanks to a very special production.

‘The Spirit of Robbie Burns’ by Robbie Murray takes to the stage in Carnoustie on Sunday and promises a never-seen-before version of Burns’ life told by the man himself from his own writings, verse and other works.

Sit back and enjoy the show as Burns shares his satire, his romantic view of the Ayrshire countryside, his escapades in Edinburgh and his retreat to Dumfries.

Listen to Burns’ observations of the people and places around him, the attitudes of the day, his joys, worries and frustrations, and of course, his infamous reputation as a ladies’ man.

Mr Murray explained: “Since the time I won a Burns prize in my school days I have always felt a strong affinity with his life and works.”

The presentation is split into three parts. The first deals with his impoverished early life on the farm and also covers his initial success as a writer.

Later we see Burns enjoying the fruits of his success with the high society in Edinburgh, meeting his beloved Clarinda and his famous Highland tour.

The final act covers his return to the land, settling in Dumfries and writing some of his best work, including ‘Tam O’ Shanter’.

Producing the show is Arbroath’s own James Hutcheson and also features the talents of well-known Angus performers Jim Ramsay, Rodger Brunton, Gary Mitchell, Janet Williamson and Violet Thomson.

Tickets are available now priced £8, including refreshments, from the Fobel Shop, Park Avenue, Carnoustie, or from Webmor’s Restaurant, Arbroath.

All proceeds will go the British Heart Foundation.

‘The Spirit of Robbie Burns’ is a 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. start in the Comrie Hall, Links Parade, Carnoustie, on Sunday, January 25.