School of English

The James Plays Debates

Great Hall, University of Nottingham
Friday 10th June 2016 (13:00-16:30)
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On June 11th and 12th, the National Theatre of Scotland will perform Rona Munro’s celebrated trilogy The James Plays at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. To celebrate this event, on Friday June 10th the School of English is hosting an afternoon of conversations about the staging of Scottish history. Bringing together theatre practitioners and administrators, theatre and literature scholars, Scottish historians and members of the James Plays company, the James Plays Debates aim to unpack the unique achievement of the trilogy amid the broader questions about performing Scotland’s history.

The first session includes speakers who have written extensively on Scottish theatre, history and politics, and will consider the history and context in which Munro’s plays are intervening. The second session includes theatre-makers who have worked on major recent productions of Scottish history plays (Dunsinane, The James Plays, The Satire of the Three Estates), and will consider the purpose and politics of staging Scottish history.

The day will finish by moving to the Theatre Royal, where Rona Munro will discuss her work ahead of the theatre’s staging of the trilogy.

Events Details

NB: Both events are free but require registration.

Round table discussions - Great Hall, University of Nottingham

12noon-1pm Buffet lunch and welcomes

1pm-2.30pm Theatre, Politics and Scotland

Round table including:

    • Ian Brown (Kingston University)
    • Brean Hammond (University of Nottingham)
    • Joe Jackson (University of Nottingham)
    • Victoria Price (Glasgow University)
    • Trish Reid (Kingston University)

2:30pm-3:30pm Refreshments break

3pm-4:30pm Performing History, Performing Scotland

Round table including:

    • Peter Forbes (The James Plays acting company)
    • Sarah Grandage (University of Nottingham)
    • David Longford (Nottingham Theatre Royal)
    • Eleanor Rycroft (Bristol University)
    • Roxana Silbert (Artistic Director, Birmingham Repertory Theatre)
Please book your free place for the Great Hall, University of Nottingham event


Conversation with Rona Munro - Theatre Royal, Nottingham

6pm Rona Munro (author, The James Plays) in conversation with Nicola Royan (University of Nottingham) 

Please book this talk separately via the Theatre Royal website

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