Scottish Opera tours iconic classic

Scottish Opera's Primary Schools Tour The Tale o' Tam o' Shanter at Jordanhill Primary School. January 2017
Scottish Opera's Primary Schools Tour The Tale o' Tam o' Shanter at Jordanhill Primary School. January 2017
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Primary school pupils in Hawick, Coldstream and Peebles will perform an opera based on Robert Burns’ iconic poem ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ this month.

Written especially for children in primaries 5, 6 and 7, the fast-paced adventure features original lyrics by Ross Stenhouse and music by Karen MacIver, who also wrote the music for Scottish Opera’s popular family show ‘The Little White Town of Never Weary’ (2016).

The show follows a farmer named Tam o’ Shanter as he makes his way home from market day with his faithful horse Meg. As the night grows darker, the rain falls and the wind shrieks through the branches of the trees, he finds himself outside the church where he discovers a coven of witches dancing. Fascinated, Tam stops to watch, but suddenly one of them spots him, and he and Meg must run for their lives.

Scottish Opera’s Director of Outreach and Education, Jane Davidson said: “Our children’s operas make learning both enjoyable and challenging, giving pupils the opportunity to participate in a high-quality music theatre workshop.”

Performances will be at Coldstream Primary School on March 13, Halyrude Primary School, Peebles, on March 14 and Burnfoot Primary School, Hawick, on March 15.