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Robert Burns

By Joe Corrie


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In the village of Mauchline, in Ayrshire, Scotland's poet, Robert Burns, rose from obscurity to nationwide fame. His stay in this locality was the most interesting part of his life, and Mr. Corrie has wisely kept to this period in his play. Who has not heard of such characters as Daddy Auld, Holy Willie, Mary Campbell, Jean Armour, Nance Tinnock and Gavin Hamilton? They come to life again most vividly. Burns's fight with the kirk session; his fearless encounter with the minister, his tribulations at the hands of Jean Armour's father; his tender love affair with Mary Campbell, his parting with her, and the news of her death coming to him in his bitterest moments make poignant drama. In the character of Burns there is everything that an actor can desire. Although the poet dominates the play there is scope in plenty for the other characters. Humour and tragedy are well balanced. A play well worth doing, and one that will appeal to any audience.