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The Women Behind the Bard

After the death of Robert Burns, his wife Jean Armour and mistress Nancy Maclehose, finally meet. Female-led theatre company Fearless Players bring an all-female production dedicated to the women behind Scotland’s history. Jean and Nancy inspired some of Burns most famous work, after years of songs being written about them, its time for their story to be told. Using the well-known music of Robert Burns, woven with original composition, Herstory gives a voice to the women behind the bard.

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★★★★★

Three Weeks

A marvellous addition to Scottish theatre. It’s a historical drama about the perils of celebrity, with beautifully nuanced writing and acting, as well as heart-lifting music. It’s also gloriously funny,"

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Musical Theatre Review

"The experience of watching these two passionate women of the early 19th century come alive and sing their hearts out is a serious joy."

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The Student

"Armour is compelling and utterly emotional from start to finish. The songs are a perfect contrast of light comedy and shattering heartbreak."

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The List

"Warm and witty musical from Fearless Players... beautifully laced with humour."

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Reviews

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★★★★

The Stage

"Armour is an exceptionally mature piece of writing. It’s sentimental without being schmaltzy, and is underscored with a strong, feminist message... Armour oozes potential."

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Broadway World

"The emotive range within the score really tugs at the heartstrings, particularly in the moments when the voices overlap and blend in sweet harmony."

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Scots Gay

"A fascinating investigation into the feelings of two of the most important women in Robert Burns’ life."

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"This production is a cauldron of potential, ringing of cultural splendour and hearth. Slip on your soft, dancing shoes and bask in the glory of these women, who loved, respected and tolerated ‘the bastard’ Burns."

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Cast & Creatives

Writer/Musical Director

Favourite line from the show:

"I owe my family a lot of things but unfortunately I fell through on a fair few of them."

Favourite part of the rehearsal process:

The bit in between reading through and blocking the show, when everyone was discovering their characters afresh and we got to delve into the characters’ minds through our combined efforts, it brought everyone together and the project started to feel like it was taking shape.

Director

Favourite line from the show:

"I hope I get my own mausoleum"

Favourite part of the rehearsal process:

Playing in the room during initial blocking rehearsals because it's the time to find the best way to physically tell the story.

Nancy MacLehose/

Producer

Favourite line from the show:

"My children have the protection of their father, but I do not."

Favourite part of the rehearsal process:

The first read through. We'd been working on the idea for so long but I had no idea how it would come together. It was such a magical moment to sit with the whole cast and hear the dialogue and Shonagh singing the songs! That's when I fell in love with it!

Sarah Burns

Favourite line from the show:

“Cos I’m a doer!”

Favourite part of the rehearsal process:
The first full run through we did with costumes and props  because everything just slotted into place and suddenly everything felt very real! Best feeling ever.

Jean Armour

Favourite line from the show:

"We're aye sitters till we're doers."

Favourite part of the rehearsal process:

When you are encouraged to play and try new ideas in the rehearsal room, it frees up the actor and allows you to discover new things in the moment in a totally safe environment where there is no such thing as right and wrong.

Rehearsal and Production Shots

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