Helen Simpson's hilarious and poignant short story, dramatised for radio by Liz Lochhead, Scotland's Makar (national poet).
Sophie Thompson, Greg Wise, John Sessions and Peter Forbes star in this warm-hearted midwinter's-night sex comedy.
When Nicola Beaumont (English, partner in a law firm, mother of four) sits down to a long-winded corporate Burns Supper, she sweeps us up in her private account of the evening's events. At first impatient with all the whisky-fuelled pomposity around her, Nicola finds herself surprisingly moved as the traditional rituals of a Burns Night unfold. What she comes to learn about the eighteenth-century Scots poet, Robert Burns, brings new self-knowledge which will help her through the night's violent emotions and climactic events.
This production brings together acclaimed English short story writer, Helen Simpson, and Liz Lochhead, award-winning dramatist and Scotland's Makar.
Helen Simpson's story 'Burns and the Bankers' is part of her collection 'Hey Yeah Right Get a Life' (Jonathan Cape, 2000); her latest book is 'A Bunch of Fives: Selected Stories' (Vintage Classics, 2012).
Liz Lochhead was appointed as Scotland's national poet in January 2011.
London taxi driver - Maynard Eziashi
Nicola Beaumont - Sophie Thompson
Torquil Cameron - John Sessions
Charlie Beaumont - Greg Wise
Donald Forfar - Peter Forbes
Iain Buchanan - David McKay
Susan Buchanan - Angela Darcy
Professor Sydney Campbell-Douglas - Siobhan Redmond
Gemma Goodman - Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Recorded on location at the Caledonian Club, London, with violinist Sam McGregor.
Sound Design: David Chilton
Producer/Director: Amber Barnfather
A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.
Helen Simpson's hilarious short story, dramatised by Liz Lochhead. Stars Sophie Thompson.