Thursday, 15 January 2009

Robert Burns 250th Anniversary - Storytelling Events in Scotland

BurnsFest 2009
Friday 16th - Saturday 31st January

The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh takes a fresh look at Burns this January, in the year of the 250th anniversary of his birth (25 January 1759). Two weeks of events for all ages celebrate the language and legacy of Scotland’s great bard from nursery songs to poetic epics.

There are Scots stories for the wee ones in Burns for Bairns; and an evocative night of entertaining tales, food and poetry in Supper with Burns, with a storytelling twist on Burns’s well-known wo
rk. 'Oor Rabbie', an energetic storytelling performance by Andy Cannon, of acclaimed Wee Stories Theatre, adds dramatic sparkle; while a tribute to Tam O’Shanter proves that Scotland’s master tale-teller is a vivid inspiration 250 years on.

The Centre’s BurnsFest programme is all about seeing anew and taking part.


i 16 - Sat 31 Jan (Not Sun), 10am-6pm, Free
Burns in the Bothy: Tam O'Shanter
Puppeteer and artist Ian Turbitt turns the Centre's Bothy into a tribute to Burns' famous Tam O'Shanter, with an interactive display of puppets and original artwork. Experience Ian's staged version on Jan 21.

Sat 17 Jan, 2.30pm (90mins), £3, family ticket £10 (4 people)
Family Story Circle
Ward off the January winds with some warm tales and energetic story-making! Join storyteller Jean Edmiston in the Tam O'Shanter Bothy to hear some favourite stories and have help making and telling your own.

Tue 20 Jan, 10am & 11.30am (45mins), £3 per child (accompanying adult free)
Tiny Tales: Scots
Get singing, clapping with Scots stories and songs for wee ones (and grown-ups!) to join in with. With storyteller Senga Munro. For children aged 6 months – 3 years. Please book in advance.

Wed 21 Jan, 7.30pm (60mins), £6/£4
Tam O'Shanter
Storyteller Donald Smith introduces Burns' famous Tam O'Shanter, and artist, actor and puppeteer Ian Turbitt unfolds a new take on Tam. Witty character acting and energetic storytelling theatre combine with handmade puppets and props for a dazzling tribute to Burns' well-loved poem. Adults and over 12s.

Fri 23 (7pm), Sat 24 (3pm & 7pm) & Fri 30 (7pm), Sat 31 Jan (7pm)
60mins, £8/£6 Family ticket £24 (4 people), Age 8-adult
Oor Rabbie / Foolish Notion
Join Foolish Notion for the perfect introduction (or refresher!) to the life and work of Robert Burns. With live music and witty storytelling theatre, discover the history of Scotland's famous bard through his best-known work – including Tam O'Shanter, Tae a Mouse, Tae a Louse and Address to a Haggis. Foolish Notion is Wendy Weatherby (cello) and Andy Cannon (Wee Stories Theatre) – one of Scotland's most acclaimed folk musicians and one of Scotland's most acclaimed storytellers working together to create a unique theatrical experience.

Sat 24 Jan, 2.30pm (60mins), £4/£3, Age 5+
Burns for Bairns
Fun family Scots stories, rhymes and songs for the season of Burns, with storyteller Robbie Fotheringham. Plus make your own timorous beastie finger puppet to take home.

Mon 26, Tue 27 & Wed 28 Jan, 7pm (2hrs), £17
Supper with Burns
A seasonal favourite - an alternative Burns supper at Edinburgh's famous Burns pub, hosted by storytellers David Campbell, Donald Smith and Linda Bandelier. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Storytelling / Days out

Sat 31 Jan, 2.30pm (60mins), £4/£3, Age 5+
Burns for Bairns
Join storyteller Liz Wilson for Scots stories and rhymes to celebrate Scotland's famous poet - have fun with some Scots words!

Box office 0131 556 9579 or

Denotes especially family friendly events

Donald Smith, The Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre will join us at The View From Here at the end of next week in time for Burns' Night, to talk about his new books, `Between Ourselves' (Luath Press, Jan 2009) and 'God, the Poet and the Devil: Robert Burns and Religion.' (Saint Andrew Press, Dec 2008)


About the SSC: The Scottish Storytelling Centre is proud to present a seasonal programme of live storytelling, theatre and literature, supported by exciting visual arts, craft and multi-media events. The programme aims to promote storytelling as a vibrant contemporary artform and celebrate Scotland’s rich storytelling heritage.

Experience the delights of folk traditions, theatre and literature from across the globe with day, evening and weekend events. For daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal events at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, search the Events section.

Whether you’re looking for an entertaining evening out, family activities or the chance to discover more about Scotland’s Stories and the art of storytelling, the Scottish Storytelling centre is the place to start.

If you are interested in bringing an event to the Storytelling Centre, contact Esther Kent on:

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is open to the public from 10am to 6pm Mon - Sat all year. Sundays 12noon - 6pm in July and August.

You may also be interested to visit the associated '
Scotland’s Stories Permanent exhibition.' From folktales round the fire to inspiring legends and international bestsellers, the free exhibition explores Scottish stories and storytelling from William Wallace to Katie Morag, not to mention Long John Silver, Finn McCool and Oor Wullie, Rob Roy McGregor, Ossian and Columba – Scotland is a nation of storytellers.

1 comment:

Mike French said...

Looking forward to seeing Donald here - can someone tidy up a bit before he comes?