Honest account of a night with the bard

PEEBLES ,  UNITED KINGDOM - 28 Sept 2011: 'Ideoms Theatre'John Nichol'Kailzie Equestrian Centre'PR Photo shoot for "Honest Poverty"'''(Photo by  Rob Gray / Freelance )
PEEBLES , UNITED KINGDOM - 28 Sept 2011: 'Ideoms Theatre'John Nichol'Kailzie Equestrian Centre'PR Photo shoot for "Honest Poverty"'''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance )

THE year was 1786, the place – Mossgiel Farm in rural Ayrshire.

Robert Burns was gaining notoriety as a rhymer and poverty still surrounded him, but the poet indulges in the simple pleasures. With money similarly tight for many families across the country in the current economic climate, Ideoms theatre company is recommending Borderers take a leaf out of the Burns’ book and forget their worries for a night.

Hosted by John Nichol, Hilary Bell, Ross Milligan and Jenni Borthwick, Ideoms tours across the region for 11 performances of their alternative Burns Night celebrations.

A spokesperson for the theatre group said: “This is not so much a performance as a party. It’s Burns without the lang-winded speeches, from the company which was launched in 2005 with the purpose of continuing the popular Burns shows at Bowhill Theatre – so successful that many Burns shows have been written and performed at Bowhill and beyond.”

Supper is served with every performance and Ideoms starts its Honest Poverty run at Eastgate Theatre in Peebles on January 13 (£19; tel 01721 725777) and continues to: January 14 - Maltings Theatre, Berwick (£19; 01289 330999); January 15 - Towermill Theatre, Hawick (£19; 01450 360429); January 21 – The Woll, Ashkirk (£22; 01750 32722); January 22 – Corn Exchange, Melrose (£19; 01750 82254); January 27 – Smailholm Village Hall (£19; 01573 460666); January 28 – Bowhill Theatre, Selkirk (£26 including dram; 01750 22204).

February 3 – Buccleuch Centre, Langholm (£20; 013873 81196); February 4 – Coldstream Community Centre (£18; 01750 82254); February 5 – County Hotel (£20; 01750 21233).

Ideoms also performs Not Another Burns Supper at The Waterwheel near Selkirk on January 20 – phone 01750 22258 to book tickets.