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Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off & Dracula

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This was a huge success at the 1987 Edinburgh Festival, subsequently performed elsewhere in Britain and in Europe. Written in Lallan Scots, it is a most exciting piece of poetic drama.
Published August 31st 1989 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1987)
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I have a copy of this double bill on my shelf to get around to on a quiet afternoon. The spine of it looks like this:

...which I always took to mean that poor Mary just had a really abysmally bad day.
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Jan 07, 2012 Helen (Helena/Nell) rated it really liked it
Haven't fully decided about this yet -- however, it's not true that it's written in Lallans Scots. Parts of it are in Scots, parts are in English, parts switch in and out of the old ballads. Queen Elizabeth definitely speaks in English.

About to see this on stage, so although I have read the play now three times -- and I think I like it very well -- the jury is out until I see it in action.
Apr 01, 2013 Phillip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
An absolutely brilliant play by the Scottish playwright Liz Lochhead. One of the things I found most striking about this play is the doubling of characters, and the quick transitions between monarchs and servants--in the scenes where Mary is queen Elizabeth plays her servant Bessie, and when Elizabeth is queen Mary plays the servant Marian. Corbie facilitates the transitions between the scenes (though she loses control of the plot toward the end of the play) altering the actors from monarchs to ...more
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L'ho letto per preparare un esame universitario e non e' stato un testo semplice. Un mix di inglese e "scot" (dialetto scozzese) ha sicuramente reso la lettura un po' complicata.

Quello che invece ha colpito e' stato il modo in cui la Lochead sia andata oltre la storiografia ufficiale per descrivere due personaggi storici molto complessi quali Elizabeth I e Mary Stuart, cugine e rivali, cosi' lontane in vedute politiche e agli antipodi in credenze religiose ma cosi' vicine dal punto di vista psi
Candy Wood
Like Howard Brenton's Anne Boleyn play, this one (written much earlier) encourages viewing characters from English and Scottish history in a 21st-century light. Now I would like to see it performed--the Scots spelling of much of the dialogue sometimes makes for puzzling reading, and it's hard to visualize the shifts where the actor playing a queen becomes a commoner (and back). Interesting take on the relationship between the two queens, Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart, and what they have meant ...more
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Liz Lochhead is a Scottish poet and dramatist, originally from Newarthill in North Lanarkshire. In the early 1970s she joined Philip Hobsbaum's writers' group, a crucible of creative activity - other members were Alasdair Gray, James Kelman and Tom Leonard. Her plays include Blood and Ice, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (1987), Perfect Days (2000) and a highly acclaimed adaptation ...more
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