Anna’s witching hour

Anna McIver as 'Cutty Sark'
Anna McIver as 'Cutty Sark'

A KIRKCALDY drama student who has been chosen to perform in an up-coming celebration of Robert Burns has landed further roles on the back of it.

Anna McIver, who studies at Adam Smith College, will play the part of ‘Cutty Sark’, the winsome witch in Burns’ favourite poem, Tam O’ Shanter, during a day of Burns-related celebrations in Kirkcaldy town centre.


‘The Big Haggis’ – backed by Kirkcaldy4All and hosted and organised by Kirkcaldy-based actor Jock Ferguson – will feature performances in the Town Square and High Street ... and will also include a big haggis, with free portions being handed out.

When Anna auditioned for a part in the The Big Haggis event, she made such an impression on the producers, she ended up being offered a number of other roles.

A week after her audition, she was performing in front of 2000 people in George Square, Glasgow, in a version of the Peter Pan story, alongside Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and the boy who never grew up, in her first professional role as one of the ‘Lost Girls’.

After that, she was included in the cast for ‘The Clan McDooey’, an on-stage Scottish children’s show.

Now her third professional role will be in the cast of Tam O’ Shanter, alongside other Adam Smith students and professional actors, in Kirkcaldy’s High Street in an interactive and amusing take on the poem.

Anna said: “I didn’t expect any of this but it didn’t phase me. It was an opportunity and you have to take these where they’re offered.

“I’m really looking forward to playing Cutty Sark.

“She might look sweet but she’s the most evil of the witches in Tam O’ Shanter.”

The all-day celebration of Robert Burns will be on Saturday, January 26, starting in the Town Square, from 10.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m., to coincide with the farmers’ market, after which the performer will move to the High Street.

As part of the Farmer’s Market, the on-stage acts will be a combination of actors and musicians delivering traditional versions of Burns’ poetry and songs. The three-hour programme will be free to watch and will be filmed for a later free download on the event website

There will also be free portions of a generous venison haggis – first come, first served – and a selection of single malt whiskies to sample, courtesy of the event sponsors.