No playwright did more to create touchstone plays on Scottish subjects for Scottish actors on a Scottish stage … No writer then or since has represented aspirations for Scottish self-expression in the theatre arts with greater popular effect. COLIN DONATI
Not so much a milestone, more a new Forth Bridge. JOY HENDRY
plays that spoke to and out of 20th century Scotland yet have the weight and tone of a much longer tradition... JAMES ROBERTSON
Some would argue that Robert McLellan was Scotland’s Shakespeare. His drama reclaimed Scotland’s history for its people. The publication of Robert McLellan: Playing Scotland’s Story establishes McLellan’s distinguished place in the canon of Scottish theatre. This unprecedented overview of his principal dramatic works represents for the first time the full span of his career. McLellan wrote plays, often highly comic, about Scottish history and its protagonists – including Borders reivers, fugitive Jacobites, the last days of the Scottish Court, Mary Queen of Scots, the Cromwellian occupation – as well as plays set in the present. His love of the Scots language, humour and refusal to back away from unflattering aspects of Scottish society remain essential and relevant today.
|Title||Robert McLellan, Playing Scotland's Story|
|Subtitle||Collected Dramatic Works|
|Author Bio||Robert McLellan was born in 1907 at Linmill Farm in the Clyde Valley. Educated at Bearsden Academy, Glasgow, he went on to study philosophy at the University of Glasgow. He finally settled on Arran until his death in 1985. His most famous play, Jamie the Saxt, was first performed in 1937. In addition to stage plays, McLellan also wrote verse drama, The Linmill Stories and two poetic works, of which Sweet Largie Bay which was awarded The Scottish Arts Council's Poetry Prize in 1956. He was Honorary Vice President of the Lallans Society, Honorary Vice President of the Scottish Society of Playwrights and was elected Councillor for Arran. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1978.|
|Back Cover Text||
Robert McLellan: Playing Scotland’s Story offers the reader an insight into the works of one of Scotland’s most intriguing dramatists.
McLellan’s dedication to the language of Scotland is combined with rich local detail to create superb lyrical poems and outstandingly beautiful plays which are both witty and intelligent in their portrayal of Scottish history and culture. His works are an exploration of the history of Scottish identity and the journey it has made, fearlessly confronting the unattractive aspects of Scottish culture with refreshing honesty and humour.
This collection brings together – for the first time – all of McLellan’s plays including previously unpublished works and selected poems. A foreword by playwright and poet Donald Campbell and an epilogue by drama producer Alastair Cording are also included.
|BIC Subject||Plays, playscripts|
|BISAC Subject||PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Playwriting|