Auld Sangs and New Rhymes

This was a newly dramatised celebration of the life and works of Robert Burns, played in the round for the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe in 2009.

The drama is set in various parts of Scotland between 1759 and 1796: "Act the First" in Alloway, Mount Oliphant, Kirkoswald, Lochlie, Mauchline and Edinburgh; "Act the Second" in Edinburgh, Ellisland and Dumfries.

Our 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe production was directed by Effie Robertson.

The Ladies of the Company:
Peggy Thomson / Elisabeth Miller / Jenny Clow -- Jennifer Birnie
Annie Rankine / Peggy Chalmers -- Kirsty Gorman
Mrs Blacklock / Jean Armour -- Alison Kennedy
Margaret Orr / Mary Campbell / Betty -- Fiona Kennedy
The Gossip / Meg -- Dorsay Larnach
Agnes Burns / Agnes McLehose / Jessie Lewars -- Sally Pagan
Young Jean Armour / Anna Park -- Lesley Paul
The Duchess of Gordon / Betty Flint -- Fiona Robertson
The Guidwife / Jessie -- Phyllis Ross

The Gentlemen of the Company:
John Richmond / John Lees / Gavin Hamilton -- Bob Allan
Young Gilbert Burns / Sandy Crombie -- Steve Bennett
Young Robert Burns / John Lewars -- Michael Ferguson
John Murdoch / James Johnston / Robert Ainslie / Gilbert Burns -- Rik Kay
Willie Fisher / William Smellie -- John Macaskill
William Burns / Robert Burns -- Lee Shedden
Rev Auld / Duglad Stewart / Patrick Miller -- Colin Stirling-Whyte
Robert Brown / Dr Blacklock / Tam Boyd -- John Wallace

The musical ensemble:
Traditional tunes arranged by -- Gavin Pagan
Fiddles (violins) -- Carrine Douglas, martin Steawrt, Kirsty Gorman / Keith Macleod
Fiddle (viola) -- Gavin Paga
Fiddle ('cello) -- Peter Fielding
"Reel of Stumpie" choreography -- Tricia Matthews

Ahint the scene (Production):
Production Assistant -- Rik Kay
Stage Manager / Photographer: Marion Dononhoe
Assistant Stage Managers -- Elsie Horobin, Mike Paton
Staging -- Derek Blackwood
Lighting and sound -- Stephen Hajducki
Properties -- Irene Cuthbert
Costumes -- Allison Naismith, Maggie King

For the Company:
Business Manager and marketing -- Don Arnott
Patrons' Secretary -- Jenny Calcott

Auld Sangs and New Rhymes

by John Archer

8-22 August 2009

St Serf's Hall