A vibrant and rollicking play, packed full of the major events and influences of his life.
Act 1, (end of) SCENE 1
(filmed at an Open Mike Night at the Calton Bar, Glasgow, hosted by Cheeky Besom Productions) – Lochlie Farm—Robert has been inspired and writing by candlelight. His brother Gibbie is now awake… (James Rottger (monologue) is playing Burns and Finlay Harris, who is also in the scene, is playing his brother Gilbert)
“For Love and Liberty” is a penetrating portrayal of the defining events of Robert’s life – His desire to be appreciated by his father / His sharp political ideas that embraced national and international affairs / His struggle with his own class and the one he aspired to / His public distaste of the oppressive “kirk” philosophies / His genuine love for women, some more than others and one in particular / His death in abject poverty, and desertion by former friends… and the wonderful artistic vision which translates itself into some of the finest poems and songs ever written, with many recognised in all corners of the world
Burns shared a passion for the liberating philosophies of the time, against a backdrop of revolution in France, of New Worlds explored, and the threat of political insurrection in Scotland and England. He was born just 13 years after the battle of Culloden, the last civil war in Great Britain.
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Play copyright Madalena Cocozza 2019