REVIEW: A Man’s A Man


A refreshing take on the life story of Scotland’s greatest poet Robert Burns. A captivating, full-length musical play with an original score, created by Martin Franssen and Rod Grant, portrays Burns in all his colourful and contradictory glory. Burns’ autobiographical works are placed in new musical settings and follow the poet from humble beginnings in Ayrshire to his tragic early death in Dumfries, via the stardom, adulation and bright lights of Edinburgh.

Fair Pley and The Stand Comedy Club present A Man's a Man, a musical theatre piece which tells the life story of Robert Burns.

The Cast, made up of five actors, take the audience on a journey through the life of poet Robert Burns, from his humble beginnings as a promising emerging poet to his tragic and untimely death. The poems and songs of Burns are featured throughout, including well-known songs such as My Love is Like a Red Red Rose, A Man's A Man, Tam o’ Shanter and Auld Lang Syne. Each song drives the plot forward well and each number is pulled off effortlessly by the cast. The songs are also an incredible way for the audience to become connected to the piece throughout.

The show is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish as we see the highs and lows of Burns’ life which make for an emotionally charged piece that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next.

Whether you are a long-time fan of Burns’ works or have only just discovered them, this show has something for all. The show is incredibly funny but also at times genuinely moving and I truly believe that this piece deserves another life in the future.

Reviewed by Gavin Yule

A Man's A Man

By Fair Pley

Directed by Liz Carruthers

The Stand's New Town Theatre – Lower Hall


Until 25th August 2019

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