Big Burns Night Bash | Review By Lewis C. Baird

Something which I have been actively rooting for, for some time now, is homegrown talent producing fabulous work which embraces their Scottish culture and truly showcases what Scotland has to offer. Well, Scott Coltman and BBD productions have done exactly that in their digital production ‘Big Burns Night Bash’ 

This bash is a digital production which is available for free via Youtube but the company and producers ask that if you are able to, please make a donation to Acting for Others. 

The bash kicks off with a stunning rendition of ‘Skye Boat Song’ performed by Natalie and Dannielle Logan. With beautiful visuals of rural Scotland and vocals to give you goosebumps, you are instantly drawn into the patriotic celebrations. Natalie and Dannielle’s vocals very much suit this iconic song, the dedication and passion they have put into producing this cover is clear. It is simply a tremendous start to a jam packed thirty-minute production. 

Lewie Watson presents us a hilarious tongue in cheek, Burns inspired poem, ‘Tae the Sesh’. This is definitely an apt piece of poetry which captures a contemporary Scotland perfectly. It is also performed perfectly, which lifts this already great piece of writing. Luca Manning and Rosie Graham are up next, performing a lovely cover of ‘Caledonia’. The simplicity of this piece is what makes it great, relying on the two talented performers, who deliver a superb and patriotic rendition of this beautiful piece of music. 

Sally Cairns is the first to deliver us some Robert Burns poetry, in the form of ‘To a Louse’. A piece which has been overshadowed by Burns’ other poem ‘To a Mouse’. However, Sally delivers this poem fantastically. It’s great to see Scottish performers deliver native writing. Sally nails Burns’ tough dialect and performs it wonderfully. We then have another musical performance from Georgia Fish singing ‘This is the Life’ by Amy MacDonald, a superb choice of song, performed by a superb singer in the form of Georgia. Her voice screams indie which is why this track is elevated by her lovely vocals and sounds like it has been made for Georgia. 

Chris McLeish gives us an outstanding and hauntingly beautiful rendition of ‘Loch Lomond’. Chris’ vocals seamlessly float through the song giving us a dreamy Scottish aura which is simply a delight to listen to. Rebecca Gordon Scott gives us an exceptional rendition of ‘A Red, Red Rose’, another Burns poem, which is delivered superbly. 

Oh my goodness, I am still recovering from the next segment. Scott Coltman gives us ‘A Wee Andy Webber Celidh’, where he gives us a medley with a Scottish take on some Andrew Lloyd Webber classics. This is hysterical. If you need cheered up in lockdown, this segment is a tonic.  

Joe Hunter delivers an atmospheric ‘Address to a Haggis’. This rendition is not performed in the traditional sense you would expect at a Burns supper. However, with candle light by Joe’s side and a flawless delivery of the text we have come to associate with the 25th January, Joe has proven you don’t need to give a kitsch delivery to show Scotland’s love for haggis. 

Hazel Beattie performs ‘Auld Lang Syne’ sensationally. This is a song which a lot of Scots have heard done to death. However, Hazel’s performance is exquisite with her powerhouse vocals, it is simply irresistible not to love this rendition. 

The cast come together at the end to perform (another fab musical choice) ‘Over and Done With’ by Scotland’s favourite band, The Proclaimers. This musical performance ends this very enjoyable showcase on a high.  

Also, this performance is dedicated to the late Andy Gray, it’s safe to say there was a lump in my throat with this truly lovely touch from BBD productions. Yet another theatre company that unbelievable man impacted; he will truly be missed.  

Having been subject to a rather disappointing digital Burns supper earlier this week, I was really looking forward to seeing BBD Productions’ take on Burns Night, and they did not disappoint. This is a really great production, jam packed with superb content, plus highly creative and talented performers. It’s great to see members of our industry thriving. In Scotland BBD productions really are one of the stand out companies which are embracing and experimenting with their digital platform, which is why we will continue to promote their great work. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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