Account of his Wife
Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre - Auditorium
Willie Wastle’s wife Kirsty was insulted by Burns in his song Willie Wastle
Dwalt on Tweed. This play, starring John Nichol, is Willie’s riposte to
the Bard. The tale tells the story of the remarkable relationship between
Willie and his wife who opposed every innovation and, in particular, the
fashionable habit of tea drinking. Though we may find that Kirsty is not
the hideously ugly character that Burns describes, we will discover that
she is, nonetheless, a rather formidable lady. The play, originally
created by Rowan Tree, is based on John Wilson’s Tales of the Borders.
Fast and very funny, it also gives a fascinating glimpse of life in the
Borders in the 18th century. Willie Wastle’s Account of His Wife is
performed by John Nichol, Hilary Bell, Lucy Cowan and Jenni Borthwick.