Falkirk’s Tryst Theatre
is staging a new play about Robert Burns in Alloa next
Sparks of Celestial Fire is on at the
Coach House Theatre, 26th-28th September at 7.45 pm
Romantic, riotous and raunchy, it mixes music, comedy
and verse to paint a vivid picture of Burns' astonishing
Brian Paterson is Burns, Carol Clark is Jean Armour
and nine narrators - John Fowler, Richard Mackintosh,
Ailsa Murray, Joanne Davidson, Rhona McColl, Elaine
Cull, Alan Clark, Brian Tripney and Jim Allan - depict
his short but tumultuous thirty-seven years.
They’re be joined on stage by top Falkirk musician
and Burns authority Ian Scott with fellow musicians
Robin Duncan and Peter Davie.
The play charts Burns’ remarkable life - from
his humble origins in Ayrshire to Edinburgh stardom
and his untimely death in Dumfries.
Larbert writer Kenneth N. Ross explained: “This
is a classic Scottish tale of love, lust, ambition,
triumph, ruin and redemption. Like Greek tragedy, but
with tighter trousers and catchier tunes!
“The title of the play comes from a remark by
one of Burns’ friends who said his verses were
like “sparks of celestial fire”.
“Burns was undoubtedly a genius. He’s a
one-man eighteenth-century hit factory thanks to the
hundreds of songs he wrote, and today he’d be
revered as a modern-day rock star.
“And he’s still huge worldwide. He has been
translated into more than fifty languages, from Hebrew
to Urdu. There are more than two thousand published
editions of his works. Nine hundred biographies. More
statues have been erected globally to Burns than to
“In the play he's portrayed by award-winning actor
Brian Paterson who is just brilliant in presenting the
many sides of Burns' complex character.
"It’s a fun show which celebrates some of
the highlights of his unique life in words and song.”
Tickets, priced £7, are on sale now.
Alternatively, send a note of the tickets you require,
a cheque (payable to Tryst Theatre) and a stamped-addressed
envelope to Tryst Theatre, 12 Killin Drive, Polmont,
Falkirk FK2 0QQ.