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Staging the Scottish Renaissance Court

Costumes on display at the exhibition in Stirling Castle

About the project

The Arts and Humanities Research Council have been awarded funding for the ‘Staging and Representing the Scottish Renaissance Court’ project. Bringing together colleagues from Edinburgh, Oxford Brookes, Southampton and Glasgow Universities and supported by Historic Scotland, the project has been researching the cultural significances of Sir David Lyndsay’s seminal drama ‘A Satire of The Three Estates’.

By combining performance, film, literary and historical analysis, archaeology, art history and architectural studies, and through working closely with local schools and community groups, the project explored questions regarding the themes of the play itself, its relationship to the culture of Renaissance Scotland and to the nature of historical ‘heritage’ in contemporary society. At the centre of the project was a series of re-stagings of the Interlude and the full play, within the historic spaces at Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle.

You can view the videos of these performances and find out more about the project at

Stirling Castle will hold an exhibition from Sat 7 June - Sun 28 Sept to showcase the mastery and detail in the costumes of The Three Estates. View the full details of the exhibition.

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