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Robert Burns goes Dutch with Wee Stories

23/11/2004

Award winning Scottish theatre company, Wee Stories, will be performing its production of Scotland’s most famous ghost story, Tam O’Shanter, tomorrow night to the Dutch community living in Scotland as part of the Scotland in the Netherlands cultural exchange, organised by the Scottish Arts Council.

The performance, which will take place at the Traverse Theatre, follows on from the company’s successful visit to the Netherlands earlier this month in which they performed as part of the literature festival, Mooie Woorden (Beautiful Word) in Utrecht.  

Live music, performed by cellist Wendy Weatherby, and storytelling combine in Andy Cannon’s masterful retelling of the infamous poem, which has been innovatively devised for audiences as young as six.  For the Netherlands performances, Wee Stories worked with Dutch storyteller, Ernst Weestra of Theaterbureau Het Verteltheater, to integrate a Dutch translation into the production.

David Taylor, Head of the Scottish Arts Council, says: 'The Scotland in the Netherlands initiative provided a wonderful opportunity for an award winning Scottish theatre company to take a critically acclaimed show to an international audience, while also helping to celebrate and promote Scottish arts and the Scots language to Dutch audiences.  This performance to the Dutch community living in Scotland aims to strengthen the cultural links that this initiative has helped to form.'

Notes to editors

  1. Tam O’Shanter has been developed from the critically acclaimed performances of Tae a Mouse and A’ That, Andy Cannon’s one-man tour of the life and poems of Robert Burns at the Museum of Scotland. Wee Stories have been working with the Museum’s Education department for the last 4 years to develop and present a series of performances for children visiting the museum.
  2. Wee Stories’ most recent production, Arthur, the Story of a King, presented by The Scottish Touring Consortium, received The Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best Children’s Show, also receiving nominations for Best Production and Best Directors.
  3. Wee Stories gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Scottish Arts Council for this production.

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