Wee Willie Gray brings musical storytelling to the Fringe
Andy Cannon's homage to Scotland's Robert Burns
This article is from 2010.
As his witty homage to Robert Burns, Oor Rabbie and re-working of Tam O’Shanter ably proved, Andy Cannon knows a thing or two about Scotland’s bard. Teaming up once again with musician Wendy Weatherby, Cannon is taking on yet another Burns poem, Wee Willie Gray. What is it about the poet that hits the spot with children?
‘I think the appeal is essentially his playfulness,’ says Cannon. ‘He’s the archetypal favourite uncle, daft one minute then making you look at the bigger picture.’ Barely a few lines long, Wee Willie Gray is Burns’ only nursery rhyme, but has given the duo plenty of scope. Aimed at ages 4–6, the show is effectively a tale within a tale.
‘Our starting point is that Willie is literally found inside an old book that no one has read for a very long time,’ explains Cannon. ‘There then follows Wee Willie Gray’s adventure as he encounters, amongst others, mermaids and faeries!’
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 556 9579, 9–30 Aug (not 16 & 23), 10.30am, £7.50 (£5). Preview 6 Aug, 10.30am, £5.