Ulster Scots – Rathcoole  Primary and Abbots Cross Primary Schools

Today our group was pleased to facilitate an educational Ulster Scots event involving music , poetry and story telling in relation to Robbie Burns , this was delivered free to Rathcoole  Primary and Abbots Cross Primary Schools.

These fantastic shows can be delivered to any school or youth group, please contact us if you would like to avail of this service.

“Not So Serious Burns”

“Not So Serious Burns” is a 35-minute theatre-in-education play on the life and work of the national bard of the Scots and Ulster Scots – Robert Burns!

We are welcomed into Rabbie’s world as we meet his wife Jean and best friend Archie as they join him on stage. It’s Burn’s Day and as they wait for the haggis to cook, they reminisce together as Rabbie tells the children about his upbringing on the farm and his love of school. He remembers his first poem that he wrote at 15 years of age “Once I Lov’d A Bonny Lass” and sings a version of his poem “My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose”.

It’s not all about Rabbie though as Archie gives us a few hearty renditions on the pipes and Jeanie treats the audience to a bit of her speciality of Highland Dancing whilst encouraging the audience to join in with an impromptu fling!

Whilst all this has been going on, everyone has forgotten about the haggis and, when they remember, they are worried it will be over-cooked. Luckily, though it is saved and dinner can be served – for some of the audience too! But first, the haggis must be piped in and ceremonially served. Once the dinner has been served, it is time to part in the traditional manner of a rousing rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” for the whole audience to join in.

“Not So Serious Burns” combines music and drama, poetry and song, Highland dancing and haggis as well as incorporating the Ulster Scots / Lallans language in this fast-paced entertaining Burns’ experience, for young people from 4 to 84!

Written by Jonathan Burgess, author of other theatre-in-education plays such as “Fair Faa Ye”, “Old Glory” and “The Honest Sod” and Produced by Sollus Cultural Promotions producers of “The Walled City Tattoo”.

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