An Evening of Songs and Stories Celebrates a Long Line of ‘Bonnie Fechters’ – Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Celebrated singer and director Morna Burdon’s one woman show Bonnie Fechters: Songs and Stories of Hope & Resistance brings a host of strong women to the Theatre Royal in Dumfries.


From so-called witches persecuted throughout Scotland (including Dumfries) in medieval times to the women of Greenham Common in the 1980s, from 19th century Syrian refugees to the ‘strikers in saris’ and the Vietnam war, Morna links stories of women’s activism and struggle throughout the world and over the centuries.


“The show is about struggle, but it is also about the strength and inventiveness of the human spirit,” assures Morna. “Whatever the circumstance, somewhere there was hope and courage and resilience and – more often than not – there was song. This show is a celebration of these women and a celebration of song – and is for everyone”.


The evening will weave together songs and stories and the audience will have the chance to stay behind for a chat. Morna gathers material wherever she goes and enjoys hearing from the audience after each show.


Morna adds, “What struck me during my research was the common threads running through these stories and how much resonance they still have today. I am fascinated by ‘bonnie fechters’, people – in this case, women –  who have stood up for themselves in exceptional circumstances and left a mark on the world. I hope everyone can leave feeling uplifted and inspired.”


Tickets are available on www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk, at Midsteeple Box Office and on 01387 254209  


Bonnie Fechters: Songs and Stories of Hope and Resistance

Saturday 6 May
7.30pm | Theatre Royal, Dumfries

£12 / £10

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