Great Scot! by Don Macrae and Ted Blackbourn
An entertaining and revealing portrait of one of the most prolific poets of the western world. A one-hander that leads us to an understanding of the extraordinary personality, lifestyle, and creative output of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns. An evening of humour and song, insight and introspection. Burns' eloquence and honesty carry us lightly and gently on a voyage through his mind - through his unabashed view of the world. Through all, we are surprised, delighted, soothed, and touched. We leave feeling closer to Burns, closer to ourselves, and closer to life. We soon realize that Burns is also playing out for us, from a strange, isolated piece of purgatory, his last desperate attempt to make peace with himself. Here is an artist who must sort through his beliefs and philosophies, to discover the cause of a single, horrendous act of callousness on his part. An act of carelessness and selfishness which resulted in the destruction of a young lover's emotional and physical well-being.
Keywords: one man cast, musical, drama-comedy, Robert-Burns, Scottish
Produced by the Brampton Heritage Theatre, Brampton ON, 1990, and by Theatre Alive in 1992 - 1993.
Genre: One Man Musical
Run time: 100 minutes
Cast size: 1 actor
Male role: 1
"Don Macrae has woven his poetic talents into a reflective tartan tapestry that celebrates Robert Burns’ life and revels in the lust with which he grasped it. … This is a show that someone would sponsor to be performed at the Edinburgh Festival. It’s that good."- Jonathan Harrison, For Art’s Sake
Cover art: Don Macrae