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Robert Burns Live

„O wad some Power the giftie gie us.
To see oursels as ithers see us! ”

Robert Burns 1786

Christopher Tait as the 18th century poet, Robert Burns.
Scotland’s leading Burns performer for 20 years.

Christopher Tait is a Scottish actor who has been performing as the poet, Robert Burns for over 20 years.

Christopher's passion for poetry began when he was 11 years old, when he won Scotland's annual Burns Recitation competition.

He first appeared as the poet in 1992, winning a theatrical competition in England. Christopher has gone on to delight audiences throughout the world and continues to receive rave reviews wherever he performs. He has made many television appearances, most recently on the American TV show, The Amazing Race. In 2009, Christopher was invited to become Visit Scotland's official 'Robert Burns' for the Homecoming Scotland celebrations. He is in much demand for Scottish themed and corporate events, performing many of Burns's famous poems.

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    Want a unique wedding speech?! Let Rabbie toast the lassies and entertain your guests during lunch or dinner.
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    Let Robert Burns host your event or award ceremony.

    Let Robert Burns host your event or introduce your key speakers.
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    Schools and Universities 
    Tailor made to suit all ages, Burns informs, entertains and leaves your students with a better understanding of his poetry and life in 18 th Century Scotland. 
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    Mix and mingle in character as Robert Burns.
    Burns entertains your gathering with impromptu storytelling and poetry as he walks amongst your guests. Other Scottish characters available on request.
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    Burns Suppers 
    All of the key speeches including: The Immortal Memory, Toast to the Lassies and a wide range of poems including Tam O’ Shanter, Holy Willie’s Prayer, the Haggis Address, To a Mouse, To a Louse, The Address to the Toothache. 
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    Robert Burns Live - the play

    Christopher's 45 min one man play as told by Burns himself. 








To a Louse - 1786

To a Mouse

To a Mouse

To a Louse

To a Louse

The Hen Pecked Husband

The Hen Pecked ...

The Address to the Toothache

The Address to ...

The Address to the Haggis

The Address to ...

Holy Willie's Prayer

Holy Willie's P...

A Red Red Rose

A Red Red Rose

 Tam O' Shanter

Tam O' Shanter

Celebration of Burns Workshops

Celebration of ...

The Amazing Race

The Amazing Rac...

Robert Burns on Scottish TV

Robert Burns on...

School Performance

School Performa...

Christopher has performed live in Scotland, England, Ireland, Holland, Germany,
Sweden, Finland, USA and Canada, UAE, Singapore, Malasia and Indonesia.


We had our Burns Supper here last night and it was just magic. The whole pub did such a wonderful job. They had a piper outside for guests arriving and to usher in their Robert Burns impersonator and the presentation of the haggis. The Burns impersonator was incredible. Full of heart and a natural actor. The staff are so lovely and the three course meal and drinks were timed perfectly in-between the poetry performances. Overall, an incredible night. Well done, Sheep's Held! We'll be back again next year and not to mention a few more nights in between for a few pints by the cosy fire.

Trip Advisor


Another successful event and another fantastic performance from Robert Burns!

Kirstie Fraser - Matchpoint Events Feb 2016


Many thanks Chris…was a top night and Holy Willie’s Prayer was fantastic!

Brenda McAllister Station Director Westsound Radio Jan 2016


Just a quick note to say how much we all appreciated your show on Friday evening. I've had lots of positive feedback. Personally , I enjoyed it immensely - your animated Tam was a standout!

Graham Deeson St Andrew Society of Toronto. Feb 2016


Really enjoyed your show tonight thank you for coming.

Catriona Holmes Ulster Scots Organisation


Really enjoyed your performance last night. You really feel that you are Rabbie Burns. Nothing seemed rehearsed or stilted. You are very gifted.

Phil Cunningham at the Sheep Heid Burns Supper via Facebook.


Thanks for helping to promote the Homecoming Scottish Cup, it was much appreciated.

Greg McEwan, Material Marketing Ltd


'I am sure Burns himself would be pleased. A thoroughly entertaining evening. Well done!

Iain Lawson of Barclays Global Investors at the BIFM Burns Supper


Thanks for all your hard work and the effort you put in. Having you on board really made it an enjoyable and memorable day. We have had lots of positive feedback.

Laura Bennison, National Museums Scotland


On behalf of Liz Hobbs Concerts and Events and the Burns Festival Committee we would like to thank you for all your hard work at the 2008 Burns an' a' that! festival. You were a real success and we look forward to working with you again.

Liz Hobbs MBE


Thanks very much for coming to Clovenstone school. My favourite song is
Auld Lang Syne but I'm not singing it with you!'

Michael Greenland, Age 10, Clovenstone Primary School, Edinburgh.


Thank you so much for making our New Year's party such a success. I have received many letters and emails from my guests commenting
on your wonderful performance.

Shonaig Macpherson, Chairman the National Trust for Scotland.


As a passionate Burns fan, the memory of your performance as Robert Burns will stay with me for a long time. Thank you.

Scott Thomson, Chieftain, St Andrew Society of Java


Thank you for a wonderful evening. Your animated delivery, so faithfully replicated, made the poems come alive. We would welcome you again for another engagement.

John McDonald Jr, President, The St Andrew Society of Philadelphia


What you do is unique. We were sold on you after viewing your film but seeing you in person was incredible. You give a polished, professional performance.Thank you so much

Jen Nicoll, Co-ordinator , St Andrew Society of Greater St Louis


From start to finish you did us proud. Your presentations were excellent and nobody could beat your performance of Tam O'Shanter.
We look forward to watching your DVD.

Marjorie Thomson, Club Manager, Murrayfield Golf Club


Our 2004 Burns Supper was the best in the history of our Society, thanks to your outstanding performance as Robert Burns.

Todd Wilkinson, President, Celtic Society of the Ozarks


This site had to make it into our top 5. Hire him for your wedding or Bar mitzvah!

Review of 'Robert Burns Live' website Web User Magazine Issue 75 January 2004


Rabbie Burns was much loved by the American audience at Tartan Day 2003.
I look forward to working with you at many more events.

Jenni Steele, European Marketing Manager, Visit Scotland


Thanks for a fabulous evening. Your performance as Burns is being celebrated by Scots and Russians alike!

David Jenkins, Chieftain of the St Andrew Society of Russia


Thanks for dedicating your time and efforts to come. It was really kool.

Colleen Hannah (age 13), Student, Islander Middle School, Washington, USA


The best rendition of Tam O'Shanter I have ever seen

Tom McIlwraith, Former President of the Burns Federation


A first class performance'

Liane Dorsey, Principal Officer, US Consulate General, Edinburgh


Very good indeed

Sir David Steel, MSP


You bring Robert Burns to life. An excellent performance

Bob Mclean, Marketing Officer, City of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries


The highlight of last night's Burns Supper was Christopher's rendition
of Tam O'Shanter

John Mathieson, Acting Chief Executive, Lothian Health Board


Those of us who gathered in the welcoming atmosphere of Lady Stairs House were treated to an outstanding performance by 'Robert Burns' himself (alias Christopher Tait). Dressed in period costume, he gave a short 'autobiography', illustrated with some of the poems - To a Mouse, To a Louse, and Tam O'Shanter; this last in particular was a triumph, bringing out the comic and dramatic elements of the narrative.

Maria Stewart, Visitor to The Writer's Museum


Very many thanks for being such a star at our Burns Supper. Your 'Immortal Memory' was fantastic and it was amazing to watch the audience reaction when you were performing. You had everyone's complete attention - not an easy task with 345 people in the room, and many of them from foreign lands! You really were a star and it's good to know we had such an appreciative audience.

Pat Carmichael, Promotions and Events Manager, St Columba's Hospice