Bag&Baggage to hold fourth annual Burns Night Supper
Bag&Baggage Productions is celebrating the life and poetry of the great Scottish bard Robert Burns with a traditional Burns Night Supper on Saturday, Jan. 27, 5 p.m. at The Vault Theater, 350 E. Main St., in Hillsboro.
Burns Night is a traditional Scottish holiday celebrating the life, times and poetry of Burns. The Bag&Baggage event will closely follow the Scottish tradition by featuring a live bagpiper, drams of whiskey and a traditional Scottish meal complete with cock-a-leekie soup, neeps and tatties, bangers and mash, sticky toffee pudding and haggis. A cash bar featuring a range of scotches, wines and beers will also be available.
Burns, widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, is celebrated worldwide. He's the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland.
He's also regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century. After his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland.
Guests will be "piped in" to the event by Robin Scott, a local professional bagpiper, and will also be entertained by performances by B&B resident actors reciting Burns' poetry and contemporary Scottish poetry. In addition, singers from the Oregon Chorale will perform a range of Scottish songs, including 'The Rose of Scotland' and 'Auld Lang Syne.'
"Our guests will have the chance to enjoy some truly wonderful old Scottish traditions," said B&B Resident Actor Peter Schuyler, who will read Burns' great poem "Address To The Haggis and the Selkirk Grace."
"Burns Night is more than just a celebration of Burns, it is a celebration of all things Scottish," he said.
Scott Palmer, Artistic Director of Bag&Baggage, lived in Scotland for more than six years, and promises an authentic evening of festivities.
"As someone who's lived in Scotland, Burns Night has become an important holiday for me," he said. "Burns was a remarkable man and poet."
New this year will be poetry performances from the artists in B&B's Emerging Artists program.
"This is the first chance for our audiences to see some of them perform," said B&B Associate Artistic Director Cassie Greer.
This is also the first year the event will be at The Vault, B&B's new theater and event space.
Tickets are $80 and must be purchased in advance online at http://bagnbaggage.org, or by calling the box office at 503-345-9590.