Tam O’Shanter, Tales & Whisky

With Andy D




⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘With Burns, all you need is the words, the music, and a group of gifted performers, to create real magic; and Stolen Elephant finally deliver all three in fine style.’ The Scotsman

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Song and sonnet together Tam O’ Shanter, Tales & Whisky is unfiltered storytelling with adoration, respect and reverence for the language which gave the world its most famous poet.’ Corr Blimey

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A feast for the ears – the title piece comes near the end, and it is performed by the dynamic Donovan, capturing the various characters – including Tam, the witch, and the various women in his life – beautifully.’ North West End

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘An accomplished and enticing celebration of the poet, in an unfussy and thoroughly pleasing presentation.’ All Edinburgh Theatre

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Shian Denovan’s mesmerising performance of Tam O’Shanter nearly brought the house down and received the loudest and most enthusiastic applause of the evening.’ ScotsGay Arts

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SHOW ‘If you have never heard Burns spoken aloud, by performers who clearly have a connection with him and his work, then look no further than this charming, gothic, spooky evening.’ Fringe Review

‘Highly entertaining afternoon watching Stolen Elephant Theatre’s Tam O’Shanter Tales & Whisky at The Traverse. First-rate music and spoken word.’ Val McDermid

Performer – Andy Dickinson

Performer – Shian Denovan

Performer – Catherine Bisset

Associate Director – Emily Ingram

Set & Costume Design – Polly Morris

Sound Design – Dominic Brennan

Musician – Douglas McQueen Hunter

Musician – Douglas Caird

Artwork – Kathrin Jacobsen

Lighting Design – George Cort

TAM O’ SHANTER, TALES & WHISKY is a comic celebration of the ‘Gothic’ poems of Robert Burns. Aye. You’ll see Stolen Elephant Theatre perform Tam O’ Shanter, Death and Dr Hornbook and Address to the Deil. Expect to encounter Witches and Death. And the De’il himself!

Tam O’ Shanter is the undoubted masterpiece of Scotland’s National Poet. It tells the tale of a drunken farmer, hoofing it home through the wilds on a stormy evening. Not exactly a bright idea with Witches being on the loose. Death and Dr Hornbook tells of an unexpected run-in with Death out on a barren moor. Rather worryingly, Death is carrying an awful scythe. Whilst Address to the Deil is an out and out rant at the De’il himself . . .

So come join Stolen Elephant Theatre for an evening of the supernatural. Not least, as we’ll also be telling comic versions of the Scottish folk tales The Witch of Fife and The Haunted Ships. AND Duggi Caird from The Court of Equity will be performing several Burns’ songs. Expect to laugh and hoot, and for the odd shiver to go a running down your spine!


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