Director Gerry Mulgrew takes on the Bard’s iconic tale, the result a riotous musical production that has spectators doubled up in laughter and blushing over the shameless antics of Burns’ Ayshire lads and lassies. An exceptional live band provides fiddle-led ditties as an underscore to the drunken rabble’s debauchery, while a redheaded dancer wows the crowd with her creative talents, particularly during the famous Alloway Kirk scene. The classic story is interspersed with contemporary scenes and multimedia devices, bringing 21st century meaning to the 18th century poem, and in the absence of advanced special FX, the cast get resourceful, fastening together coats to create Tam’s faithful mare, Nelly. A touching scene between Burns and his muse concludes ninety minutes of top-notch entertainment.
Assembly Hall, 2-26 Aug (not 8, 13, 20), 12.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Christy Brown]