Theatre Review: Burn with Alan Cumming

“And still my motto is: I dare,” so says Alan Cumming as he dares to move Burns out of the biscuit tin with a modern look at the struggles of Burns throughout his life.

A creative collaboration between Alan Cumming and Olivier award-winning choreographer Steven Hoggett, Burn is a powerful new piece of dance theatre inspired by the highs and lows of what made the character we know as Robert Burns. From his struggles in early life, to his well known romancing and the storms of emotions with mental and physical turmoil at the end of his life.

This dance/theatre production isn’t something I would normally visit, but I was eager to see Alan Cumming, who I’ve admired since the ‘Victor and Barry’ days. Don’t be put off by the concept of dance, it really did work with the music bringing together the emotions following the success of being published and his conflicting feelings of seeking sponsorship to keep going. Alan is superb, his perfomance suits the cheeky chappy image of Burns.

I’m glad Alan dared to try a dance theatre production, it worked.

Perth Theatre Thu 18 – Sat 20 Aug; His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Wed 24 – Sat 27 Aug; Theatre Royal, Glasgow Wed 31 Aug – Sat 3 Sep; Eden Court, Inverness Thu 8 – Sat 10 Sep.

Photo credit Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
Photo credit Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

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