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The Flouers o'Edinburgh - Finborough Theatre

Scotland Decides

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

COMMISSIONED by the Finborough Theatre as part of its Scotland Decides/Tha Alba a’taghadh2014 season, Robert McLellan’s The Flouers o’Edinburgh receives its English premiere at the Earls Court venue, where it runs from Tuesday, September 2 to Saturday, September 27, 2014.

I am British, father. The terms ‘Scotch’ and ‘English’ became obsolete in the Union”

Did they? I’ll wager ye winna fin mony Englishmen caain themselves British and stertin to talk and dress like Scotsmen.

The Flouers o’Edinburgh is described as a sparkling period satire on the aftermath of the 1707 Acts of Union, the Scottish Enlightenment and the battle between the Scots and English tongues.

Edinburgh in the mid 18th century. The eccentric Girzie Carmichael is consigned to an Edinburgh tenement after her country estate has been confiscated for the family’s support of Bonnie Prince Charlie. As she fights to stop her estate being sold to a Londoner, she attempts to matchmake her feisty young niece, Kate, with humourless prig Charles Gilchrist whose English education has left him with a hilariously warped accent.

Only one thing stands in the way of their union – Charles makes it a condition of their marriage that Kate agrees to learn “proper English”, but Kate flatly refuses to turn her back on her native Scots…

As poets, politicians and soldiers alike attend elocution classes to learn English, the lovers’ dispute soon leads to utter chaos…

First produced in 1948 starring the great Scottish actor Duncan Macrae, this classic Scottish romp has been widely produced and often revived throughout Scotland – most recently in 2007 at Pitlochry.

Jennifer Bakst directs a cast that includes Finlay Bain, Helen Belbin, Robert Bradley, Tom Durant-Pritchard, David Gooderson, Jenny Lee, Leigh Lothian, Andrew Loudon, Kevin McMonagle, Miranda Menzies, Lewis Rae and Richard Stirling.

The Flouers o’Edinburgh is designed by Philip Lindley and has lighting by Ciaran Cunningham.

Playwright Robert McLellan OBE (1907-1985) is widely recognised as one of Scotland’s greatest dramatists, best known for his play on the young King James VI and I – Jamie the Saxt – which received its English premiere at the Finborough Theatre in 2007. Influenced by Hugh MacDiarmid and the Scottish Literary Renaissance movement, McLellan always wrote in Scots about Scottish subjects and characters. He was Honorary President of The Scottish Society of Playwrights, and awarded the OBE in 1975.

For more information or to book, call the box office on 0844 847 1652 or visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/.