‘To a Haggis!’ Are there any finer words in the Scots tongue than those written by our own bard, Robert Burns? Ideoms Theatre investigates, alongside Fringe First-winning playwright Stewart Delves, in Haggis, Haggis, Haggis, a rollockingly fun hour of music and tall tales at the Storytelling Centre.
Forget the broccoli – this is Edinburgh in August, after all – and tuck into some unusual treats, including veggie haggis pakora and haggis pizza, as you listen to the multi-talented John McNichol. He explains our national dish’s humble origins as a peasant food, rising to be feted by Edinburgh’s literati under the tongue-in-cheek auspices of Burns himself. The songs are accompanied by excellent live music from Hilary Bell and Jenni Borthwick, and there’s even an appearance by a live haggis on stage – actually a poor leafletter in a costume, who ends up throwing her pamphlets everywhere to escape the wily hunters.
A show that kids will love, with a few nudge-nudge moments thrown in for the grown-ups, Haggis Haggis Haggis is a must-see for anyone with an interest in the Chieftan of the Puddin’ Race – or even just those with rumbling tums.
Words: Caroline Whitham
Haggis Haggis Haggis, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Aug 4 – 24 (not 12, 13, 14), 17:00