Burns provides spark for Tryst’s new play

Tryst Theatre's Kareen Cairns, Brian Paterson, Rhona Law and Jimmy Cairns
Tryst Theatre's Kareen Cairns, Brian Paterson, Rhona Law and Jimmy Cairns

Robert Burns’ rowdy, randy, rambunctious - and all too short - time on the planet will be brought to life by the award winning thesps of Tryst Theatre later this month.

Part of For Falkirk’s Sake, an artist-led festival dedicated to promoting arts in the area, ‘Sparks of Celestial Fire’ by Larbert wordsmith Alan Clark - the man behind the critically acclaimed ‘The Lockerbie Bomber’ - will be performed at 2 p.m. at Behind the Wall’s Alehouse, the base for all For Falkirk’s Sake events, from July 29 to August 2.

As fitting a place as any to highlight the life and times of Rabbie, the pub performance will feature Tryst’s A-team, namely Brian Paterson as Burns, Carol Clark as Jean Armour and narrators Jimmy Cairns, Kareen Cairns, Joanne Davidson, Rhona Law, Alan Clark, Elaine Cull, Brian Tripney and Jim Allan.

Director Alan Clark said: “With the summer holidays now upon us, it’s not possible to rehearse and learn the words of the 75-minute play in time. So the organisers have asked us to perform it with scripts, presenting it as if it were a radio play.

“It’ll be a fun and informal way to premiere the play, which mixes comedy and drama to paint a striking picture of Burns’ astonishing life, including his many sexual exploits.”

“It even tells of the time he visited Falkirk’s Carron Ironworks and was turned away.”

The Tryst team will be joined on stage by Burns authority and Falkirk Herald columnist Ian Scott.

‘Sparks of Celestial Fire’ is just one of the events featured in this inaugural For Falkirk’s Sake festival.

On Monday, July 28, at 2 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Film Falkirk will show work by some of the area’s finest film makers, including Bafta-winner Alan McLaughlan. On Tuesday, July 29, the Barony Players will perform their version of ‘The 39 Steps’ from 7.30 p.m. and on Wednesday, July 30, Untitled will present an evening of poetry and prose from writers like Alan Bissett, Janet Paisley and Dickson Telfer.

Tickets for ‘Sparks of Celestial Fire’ can be purchased by calling 07597981949.