This is our fifth year performing my play in Scots Language with plain English narration in The Globe Inn, Dumfries – Robert Burns’ favourite drinking hole in which he discussed and read poetry with friends. It’s a wee room full of interesting pictures and objects and a wonderful fireplace. The Poet’s chair stands in a corner and it’s lovely to sit on it and hope that some of his talent might be absorbed! We are delighted to be returning, and this year we have a special … a workshop on the script and music!
Come and hear what happens when The Three Craws leave their perch on Edinburgh Castle wall and fly south to Dumfries where the smell of haggis tempts them to the unthinkable, and they have to suffer the consequences. The Three Craws meet Tam O’Shanter and Meg escaping from the witch Nannie Dee and her coven, find some spooky writing on the windows of The Globe Inn and more!
The schedule is :
Saturday 20th January
1 pm – Performance in Rabbie’s Howff in The Globe Inn
2 – 3 pm – Workshop in the Bakers Oven
4 pm – Performance in Rabbie’s Howff in The Globe Inn
Sunday 21st January
Afternoon performances in Rabbie’s Howff, The Globe Inn, with musical interludes at –
On 7 October 2017, Coast Properties, North Berwick held an open day at Barnsness Lighthouse, Dunbar. It was the perfect chance to give The Three Craws An The Mysterious Licht At Sunny Dunbar another outing. It was great to have a large audience from youngsters to those with a few more years under their hats, all of whom appeared to enjoy the show.
The Three Craws An The Mysterious Licht At Sunny Dunbar is No. 11 in my series of plays based on the crows sung about in the traditional Scots ditty ‘Three Craws Sat Upon A Wa’. I wrote the script in 2015 and it was first performed as part of Dunbar’s Coastword Festival of Words.
We were invited to perform in the brand new outdoor space within The Battery on Lamer Island, Victoria Harbour, Dunbar. We did not quite make being the first performers in the new space, but were close, as second.
The space is amazing, there’s an historical timeline in the path leading to the entrance. Once inside, there’s a wooden platform and seating, with the names of the Weather Forecast carved in. There are stainless steel cubes. Read …
We were really chuffed to be invited again to perform in The Globe Inn, Dumfries and were delighted to do so. Lee Yeswithbellson and Oliver Sudden did a wonderful job with a massive programme of events with lots of exciting, eye-catching publicity. The hospitality we receive from the Inn is top quality with delicious pub food, great coffee and beer, and great company and fun! Oliver surprised us on the Sunday by doing a live-stream of music with the play slipped in. It was a bit like swimming in a fish bowl knowing everything we did was on camera! Now I know what the Osborne’s felt like! Thanks everyone at The Globe! Looking forward to next year!
We had the most amazing time in The Globe Inn, Dumfries at the weekend performing The Three Craws Gaun tae Rabbie Burns’ Birthday Pairty At The Globe Inn, Dumfries. It was something really special to perform this with my husband and two of my kids in the actual room our Bard Robert Burns wrote poems and discussed poetry in and may well just have had a wee dram or two. Congratulations to my substitute Craw 2 who has never done this before! I thought he was brilliant, and just seeing them jamming along as they do at home on live stream is pretty cool. With huge thanks to Lee Yeswithbellson Mcqueen and Michael Oliver Sudden for taking such good care of us, feeding us and doing all the promo work. Hope to see you again before we return next year for The WEE Fringe during the Big Burns Supper!
Steven Hill a wee mention of Dunbar T-Shirt Shop around 53 minutes in. Thanks for the wonderful service you give in providing our mugs & coaster sets, t-shirts, caps, badges, and anything you can make with our logo on.
Promoter for The Wee Fringe Oliver Sudden live streamed us to Facebook …
Check out The Three Craws here, appearing at The Globe Inn, Dumfries with The Three Craws Gaun Tae Rabbie Burns’ Birthday Pairty At The Globe Inn, Dumfries on 21st January on the hour every hour from 11am to 2pm and on Sunday 22nd on the hour every hour from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
The script is based on Tam O’Shanter. See what The Three Craws get up to on their visit to The Globe …
The Globe is one of Robert Burns’ favourite places back in the day to have a pint or so, blether with his pals and write poems. Lots of performances to chose from … and you can get your plate of haggis afterwards, from 2.30pm.
Tickets available … come on, come and join us for a family fun time with lots of laughs and music.
Previously appeared in The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Coastword Festival Dunbar and The Globe Inn with further scripts in the series.
With a very full programme for the Literary Festival and time being limited, P4 class teacher Janey Nicol suggested delaying The Three Craws script. She sent out forms with the children to ask families and friends for their memories of Cockenzie Power Station, and also for the children to describe their feelings and impression of the chimneys falling to the ground. This would form the basis of ‘The Three Craws An The Doonfaw O Cockenzie Power Station Lums’. I carried out research into the history of the Power Station and interwove this into the script. Coincidentally, a lead person that features in my book about the clipper ship City of Adelaidehttp://ritabradd.com/category/cityofadelaide/ was once a Manager of the Power Station.
I wanted to present the script in booklet form rather than A4 sheets stapled together that my troupe uses, for ease of handling by the children and for a professional look. I was absolutely delighted with the result, printed by http://www.dunbar.org.uk/lothian-printers/ .The scripts were delivered to the school in early June, along with badges for the children of families who took part in the research, and prizes for the most impressive contributions.
In November 2015 Cockenzie P4 children recorded ‘The Three Craws An The Bairn In A Manger’ in the school to be broadcast on local radio East Coast FM http://eastcoastfm.co.uk . Station Manager Ian Robertson came down to the school and recorded the show for transmission over the airwaves in the run up to Christmas. I was really thrilled to watch the children record for the show and to later hear it over the radio. My little troupe of The Three Craws with me as Narrator, have been a regular feature on East Coast FM during 2012/13 with several of my scripts. It’s been my dream to have children perform the scripts. The temporary Three Craws looked brilliant in their ‘The Three Craws’ skip caps which I gifted them for taking part.
Today I had news from Dunbar T-Shirt Shop that 3 sets of mugs and coaster sets have been sold. This is wonderful news. I spoke to a friend last night whose partner was working in a house and he was given a cup of tea … in one of my The Three Craws mugs! It’s really exciting to know that people are loving the artwork and are buying the mug and coaster sets. They are available through my website www.ritabradd.com under “Merchandise”. Later today I will be popping into Dunbar T-Shirt Shop to help with shipping the Mug and Coaster sets out, and to discuss expanding the range of products available to buy as t-shirts with the logo I designed on them. Remember (how could you forget!) … Christmas is coming … great presents for fans of The Three Craws!
Thank you for looking. I would like to say the price quoted by Dunbar T-Shirt Shop includes P&P within the UK.
P3/4 Teacher Katrina Tweedie kindly piloted The Three Craws An The Bairn In A Manger with her class. I was absolutely delighted to receive this feedback from her. Thank you Katrina!
”Subject: Re: Three Craws Gaun Tae Rabbie Burns Birthday Pairty At The Globe Inn, Dumfries Date: 11 March 2015 11:32
I have been hoping to see you at the writers’ group to thank you in person for your generosity in sharing your play with me and my class.
We had been doing a topic on Robert Burns as you know, so I started by reminding the children of Tam O’Shanter. Then we sang The Three Craws which they already knew and love, then I outlined the play to them. I distributed copies of the play one between two and we discussed how a play script is set out. Then I read one page at a time with them following as best they could then asked for volunteers to read out and act out that page to the rest of the class. Most of the children wanted to take part- there were three or four who were happier being the audience for the whole play. Without exception they all loved the experience.
My class is composed of kids from all over the world, many of whom speak English as a second language. I think it’s a wonderful way to make them feel at home in Scotland teaching them some Scots and typically Scottish culture. For all of them I think it’s really good for them to see how we can build on traditional culture now…. and what a wonderful play! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.’