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Theatre award nomination for Renaissance play

Date: 09/05/2014

An open-air production of a Sixteenth Century Scottish play performed as part of the AHRC-funded 'Staging and Representing the Scottish Renaissance Court' Project, led by Professor Greg Walker of the University of Edinburgh's English Department, has been nominated for a prestigious Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland award by the cream of Scotland's Theatre Critics.

Sir David Lyndsay's 'A Satire of the Three Estates', performed in historic Linlithgow Palace, was directed by Gregory Thompson (AandBC Theatre Company), and featured well-known Scottish actors such as Tam Dean Burn, Gerda Stevenson, Jimmy Chisholm, Alison Peebles, and Gerry Mulgrew. It has been nominated in the Best Ensemble Performance Category, sponsored by Equity.

The project, a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, Brunel University, Historic Scotland, and AandBC, used site-based performance, archival research, and textual reconstruction to investigate the significance of Lyndsay's play for Scottish cultural history and national identity both in its own time and today.

Professor Walker, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at Edinburgh, said that the nomination was a tremendous honour for the research team and a wonderful recognition that original research could also produce entertaining and thought-provoking theatre.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow, on Sunday 8th June.

View an AHRC Image Gallery about 'A Satire of the Three Estates'

For further information, contact Alex Pryce (AHRC), 01793 41 6025, a.pryce@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes for editors

  • The Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) are organised annually and awarded by the theatre critics of Scotland to celebrate the best Scottish theatre achievements in the theatre year May-April. Further information is available on the CATS website.
  • For film of the production and further details of the research project see the project website.
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC): Each year the AHRC provides approximately £102 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from languages and law, archaeology and English literature to design and creative and performing arts. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,350 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. www.ahrc.ac.uk.
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