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The Spirit of Robbie Burns. His life story in three Parts.

PART 1  -  AYRSHIRE       1759 to 1786
His young days at the plough and his early writing successes.

PART 2  -  EDINBURGH    1786 to 1788
Meeting the academic and literary giants of the day - and Clarinda!.

PART 3  -  DUMFRIES       1788 to 1796
Farming again and some of his best writing. Working hard to make ends meet.


NOTES
The presentation will be enhanced if all the words can be spoken from memory. However, it may be read. Content of letters to and from Burns is authentic wording taken from his original correspondence. Each song or poem may be reduced to suit the required presentation and the time available.


BURNS’ COSTUMES
In Act 1:
Burns will wear distinctly dull and dark costume reflecting the poverty of country life in Ayrshire. His shoes are well worn and look muddy.

In Act 2:
The richness and comfort of his high society life in Edinburgh should be reflected in his rich and colourful costume and polished black shoes with silver buckle.

In Act 3:
His life as a farmer and a man of some means will be evident in his comfortable outfit of tweed trousers high length brown polished boots and jacket.
Burns’ has returned ‘in spirit’ to give us his feelings. As an option therefore his hands and face may be whitened to portray his ghost like appearance.


ACT 1    “POVERTY IN AYRSHIRE”
THE STAGE
Interior of a dark, low ceiling cottage with sparse furniture and no ornaments. Burns is seated at a small table with quill in hand reading and ‘editing’ his life story which is a sheaf of papers tied together by a crimson ribbon.
STAGE PROPS
Small bare table and bench, papers, candle in saucer, quills in vase, books and papers scattered on table, beer mug.
PERSONAL PROPS
Burns will have a small quill pen, ink jar and paper.


ACT 2    “HIGH SOCIETY IN EDINBURGH”
THE STAGE
The interior of a large room with signs of opulence.
STAGE PROPS
A large table covered by a colourful silk or similar cloth. A silver candelabra, oil lamp, crystal decanter and port glass adorn the table. A large brown leather chair. A large pot of quills sits on the table. Books and papers are spread on the table.
PERSONAL PROPS
Burns uses a large quill pen and silver ink pot. He has an elaborate silk handkerchief.


ACT 3    “FARMING LIFE IN DUMFRIES”
THE STAGE
The interior of a farmhouse living room.
STAGE PROPS
The table is now covered by a plain cloth cover and the chair a comfortable carver. An oil lamp, plain pot of quills, beer tankard and books sit on the table.
PERSONAL PROPS
Burns uses a large quill pen and plain ink pot.


THE CAST
Narrators (one, two or more)
Robert Burns
Alison Begbie
John Murdoch
Rev. Dr Hugh Blair
Gilbert Burns
Clarinda
Jean
William Burns


THE SONGS (accompanied by a pianist)
My Love is like a Red Red Rose
A Rosebud by my Early Walk
The Rigs o’Barley
Bonie Wee Thing
Afton Water
Ae Fond Kiss
A Man’s a Man for a’ That
The Banks o’ Doon


THE POEMS
To a Mountain Daisy
The Fornicator
Death and Dr Hornbook
Willie
Will Ye go to The Indies, My Mary?
A Dream
Hen Pecked Country Squire
Rough Roads
Addressed to an Artist
Address to Edinburgh
Of A’ the Airts the Wind Can Blaw
Verses to Clarinda
Tam O’Shanter
The Five Carlins
On Being asked Why God made Miss D so Little and Mrs A so Big
Marriage

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