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Tea With Clarinda

‘Tea With Clarinda’ is a play written by Anna Hillis about the two women in the life of Robert Burns, his wife, Jean Armour, and his romantic correspondent Nancy McLehose. Hillis imagines what would have happened had the two women met after the death of the poet. Burns carried on a correspondence with McLehose under the name Sylvander while she wrote as Clarinda. There are songs featured in the play by both Burns and McLehose and much of the dialogue is in Scots. Jean Armour, for instance, speaks in Dumfriesshire Scots where she spent much of her life. Anna Hillis, who is a singer, musician, actor and writer based in Edinburgh, plays McLehose, while the part of Jean Armour is played by Cheryl Anne Easton who is a singer and native of Dumfriesshire.

The play was written to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, and also Homecoming Scotland 2009, and will be touring during the summer of 2009 as follows:

12 June – Gatehouse of Fleet Burns Club
13 June – Old Well Theatre Moffat
17 June – Little Theatre Lockerbie
19 June - St John’s Town of Dalry Town Hall
20 June – St Ninian’s Moniaive
25 June - Birchvale Theatre Dalbeattie
3 July – St Bride’s Arts Centre Edinburgh
4 July – Theatre Royal Dumfries

For more information about contacts for bookings and prices please go to our events section.

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