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James IV - Queen of the Fight

Wed 9 - Sat 12 Nov 2022

12+ Includes some strong language and violence | 150mins

You’re a wonder. You’re a window into a wide world.

Raw Material and Capital Theatres in association with National Theatre of Scotland present

James IV: Queen of the Fight

“You’re a wonder. You’re a window into a wide world.” 

Scotland, 1504, seen fresh through the eyes of new arrivals Ellen and Anne, two Moorish  women who were expected to take their place at a royal court....but not this one. Both women now have to fight to find and keep a place in the dazzling, dangerous world of the Scottish Court of James IV. It’s a world where war is never far away, words of love and promises of peace are not what they seem and where poets might turn out to be more dangerous than any assassin. 

Blythe Duff (Taggart, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Daniel Cahill (All My Sons for Dundee Rep and River City for BBC) are returning to the James Plays following their roles in James I, II and III, and are joined by Danielle Jam (Them! For NTS, Molly and Mack for BBC) as Ellen, and Laura Lovemore (Queen of the New Year for BBC and Life is a Dream for The Lyceum) as Anne.

Employing the same wit and theatricality of the first three James Plays, acclaimed playwright Rona Munro takes you back to a thrilling and uncharted period of Scottish history in this brand-new production. Join us on the journey.

This production is supported by the Creative Scotland Touring Fund

NB: The performance on Fri 11 Nov, 7.30pm no longer has BSL interpretation.

The Performance on Sat 12 Nov, 2.30pm will be Audio Described. There is a touch tour available before the performance, at 1.30pm. It is free, but ticketed. You can book HERE.

The play includes a recitation of ‘Ane Blak Moor’ (A Black Moor) by William Dunbar, one of the earliest documented instances of a poem using racialised and discriminatory language in Scotland, as well as violence, blood and depiction of infant death.

Writer Rona Munro Director Laurie Sansom Designer Jon Bausor  Composer Paul Leonard Morgan  Historical consultant Dr Onyeka Nubia Movement Director Neil Bettles Sound Designer Garry Boyle Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell Casting Director Laura Donnelly CDG Fight Directors Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-Annie Ltd  Associate Director (Rehearsals) Jaïrus Obayomi Associate Director (Tour) Luke Kernaghan


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