Burns epic is weel done in Stirling

Tam O'Shanter will be at macrobert, image courtesy of Eamonn McGoldrick
Tam O'Shanter will be at macrobert, image courtesy of Eamonn McGoldrick
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A smash hit from this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is riding into Stirling this weekend - and audiences are promised “one hell of a romp”.

Communicado, one of Scotland’s most exciting theatre companies, present ‘Tam O’Shanter at the macrobert arts centre, describing the show as a ‘wild gallimaufry’ of a production.

Created and directed by Gerry Mulgrew, ‘Tam O’ Shanter’ features live music and songs and 11 of the finest Scottish actors, dancers and musicians, including Joyce Falconer, Sandy Nelson and Gerda Stevenson.

The famed tale of Tam’s glorious drunken night out, supernatural debauchery at Kirk Alloway and terrifying chase through the woods is augmented in this production by other material by Burns, including ‘The Cottar’s Saturday Night’ and ‘The Jolly Beggars’ - Burns’ great cantata, his hymn to Liberty and the nearest he ever got to writing a piece for theatre.

The show is set in Burns’ Ayrshire. “It’s one hell of a romp” says Mulgrew, “I have tried to be true to the spirit of the original poem, and I hope the audience is prepared for some serious hilarity.”

Meanwhile, from the ridiculous to the sublime, on Tuesday macrobert presents a rather different evening as Scottish Opera brings its new version of Verdi’s ever-popular opera, La Traviata, to the stage.

Sung in English, this is on for one-night only and it promises to be a fresh look at the famous opera, which tells the story of Violetta, a famed escort, who is tired of living an empty life and wants a way out of her tawdry lifestyle.

‘Tam O’Shanter’ is on Friday and Saturday at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are priced £14.50 (£12.50 concession, £10.50 Friend and £5 students and schools.

Scottish Opera’s ‘La Traviata’ is on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £14 (£12 Friends/£5 for under-26s).

To book, call the box office on (01786) 466666 or book online at www.macrobert.org