This is not just any Burns supper, this is an Ideom Burns supper

SELKIRK, UNITED KINGDOM: April 9th'IDEOMS Theatre Company Edinburgh Fringe production for 2009 "Instant Burns, just add haggis"'24th - 30th Aug, in The Vault, George IV Bridge''L-R Alan Kaig, Hilary Bell, John Nichol''(photo: Rob Gray)
SELKIRK, UNITED KINGDOM: April 9th'IDEOMS Theatre Company Edinburgh Fringe production for 2009 "Instant Burns, just add haggis"'24th - 30th Aug, in The Vault, George IV Bridge''L-R Alan Kaig, Hilary Bell, John Nichol''(photo: Rob Gray)

IT would not be January without a series of Burns themed events right around the region and one group of talented Borderers celebrate the life and work of the famous writer in their own unique way.

Ideoms Theatre Company return from last summer’s Edinburgh Fringe to prepare for their annual tour around Burns Night and they have made Berwick one of their calling points at the end of the month.

A spokesman for the company said: “Ideoms bring you their whimsical but authentic take on the works of Robert Burns.

“Burns Bites Back is an evening of fun with a costumed show followed by a Burns supper - full of songs and poems - but no speeches.”

Once again the supper is hosted by John Nichol, Hilary Bell, Ross Milligan and Jenni Borthwick, with well known local musician Lucy Cowan joining them for Ideoms performance at The Waterwheel in Selkirk on January 21.

Their first performance is tomorrow night in Towermill Theatre, Hawick, with other dates as follows: January 15 - The Woll, Ashkirk; January 21 - The Waterwheel, Selkirk; January 22 - Eastgate Theatre, Peebles; January 23 - Wynd Theatre, Melrose; January 28 - Smailholm Village Hall; January 29 - Bowhill Theatre, Selkirk; January 30 - Maltings Theatre, Berwick-Upon-Tweed; February 4 - Buccleuch Centre, Langholm; February 6 - County Hotel, Selkirk.

Ideoms was launched in 2005, its initial purpose being to continue the popular Burns shows at Bowhill Theatre.

The show ‘Crossfire’ was written for the Edinnburgh Fringe Festival and an appearance at the capital’s annual arts fest saw Ideoms’ popularity soar.

Since then, more Burns shows have been written and performed at Bowhill and beyond, and Ideoms has a reputation for authenticity with accessability second to none.

There are two stories behind the company’s name. The most obvious one is the fact that ideoms is similar to the word idiom, meaning a custom or phrase peculiar to a particular region.

But you have to enter the world of musical theatre for the second piece of inspiration. A friend of the cast told them he had been to see Les Miserables in the West End, and that he enjoyed it so much, he said ”I didnae even open ma sweeties”. They took the first letter of each word from that phrase and made IDEOMS. Visit www.ideoms.co.uk for further information.