Staging the Scottish Renaissance Court
A Satire of the Three Estates
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Sir David Lyndsay’s epic play of Scottish politics, power and reform in the historic setting of Linlithgow Palace from 7 - 9 June
This two year project, directed by Greg Thomson and starring a host of Scottish actors including Scott Hoatson, Alison Peebles and Gerry Mulgrew, is the first time A Satire of the Three Estate will be performed in its entirety since 1554.
Written shortly before the Reformation, the play addresses the state of the nation following the death of James V. The story follows a young king who is influenced by unsavory characters and is led on a path of immorality. The king calls a parliament of the three estates (Spirituality, Temporality and the Merchants) to reform social problems voiced by John The Commonweal and a Poor. Book your tickets online now
Please note: Historic Scotland Members are entitled to a discount of 10% on tickets. Full details here.
The Interlude - A Satire of the Three Estates
Almost 500 years after its original performance, the unique Interlude of The Three Estates returns to Linlithgow Palace on Tuesday 11 June
with an additional performance at Stirling Castle on Thursday 13 June
The play, with a professional cast of 10 actors, portrays social tensions in Scotland in 1540. The story, with themes similar to A Satire of the Three Estates, follows a young king on a path of immorality. This experimental drama will attempt to reconstruct the ‘lost’ Interlude of 1540 using surviving letters and fragments of original drama embedded in the later Satire of the Three Estates performed in 1554.Book your tickets online now
Cupar BansSaturday 1 June
Glasgow , Kelvingrove Museum, 1 pm and 1.30 pmSunday 2 June
Edinburgh , Scottish Parliament, time TBC
The Cupar Bans or Cupar Proclamation as it is sometime known is a twenty minute street theatre 'theatrical trailer' for Sir David Lyndsay's A Satire of the Three Estates. Written and performed in Auld Scots, it is a brash, bold and bawdy expose on Sixteenth Century Scotland with characters reminiscent of Punch and Judy, Baldric and the cast of Father Ted.
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 will research 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 will explore 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 will be a series of re-stagings of the Interlude and the full play, within the historic spaces at Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle.
Find out more about A Satire of the Three Estates with our programme of free events. A Satire of the Three Estates Free Community Events Programme [pdf, 137kb]
For more information on the project visit the website www.stagingthescottishcourt.org
and follow on Twitter @Satire3Estates