The 3 Estaites: The Millennium Version

The 3 Estaites: The Millennium Version

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By (author) Alan Spence, By (author) Angus Calder

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  • Publisher: EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 136 pages
  • Dimensions: 139mm x 217mm x 11mm | 177g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 0748617469
  • ISBN 13: 9780748617463

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The 3 Estaites is - by common consent - Scotland's greatest play. First performed in Cupar, Fife in June 1552, it is the earliest Scottish play to have survived. Full of broad humour and pantomime-like farce, it also deals with dangerous topical issues, hitting out at corruption and hypocrisy in the ruling establishment, denouncing the oppression of the poor and calling for social "reformation". A young king is rescued from idle sexual dalliance and false counsels by Divine Correction and they preside over a Parliament summoned to enact just laws, where basic Christian tenets and values are affirmed - but Folly has the last word. In 2000 The 3 Estaites gained a fresh resonance when it celebrated both the Millennium and the rebirth of Scotland's Parliament by returning to Cupar for the first time in nearly four and a half centuries. This contemporary Scots version by the leading poet and playwright Alan Spence retains the structure and spirit of Lindsay's script while giving his language a new lease of life. The play's topical allusions have been updated brilliantly, but Lindsay's generous spirit and enormous sense of fun have been preserved. This is a national drama, expressing a comprehensive perspective of what Scotland is and what it might be - a land of justice, fellow-feeling and laughter.

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Alan Spence is one of Scotland's leading poets and playwrights. His publications include Glasgow Zen (2002), Seasons of the Heart (2000), Stone Garden (1997), The Magic Flute (1997) and Its Colours They Are Fine (1996). Angus Calder is an academic writer, historian and literary editor.

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Alan Spence has shawn us, aince and foraye, at 'Ane Satyre' is still a leivin, dirlin pley at can speik ti modren Scots i thair awn leid an tak tent o thair pressin concairns juist as it did in the 16t centurie. We awe Spence oor aefauld thenks. The magnum opus of Scottish Renaissance drama! Alan Spence's newly updated script simultaneously illuminates Lindsay's groundbreaking achievement in marrying vernacular language with sophisticated verse forms, while at the same time adding yet more weight to the assertion of Scots' expressive dynamism and eloquence as a language for literary drama. This 21st century retelling of Sir David Lindsay's political satire was snappy, funny and downright irreverent! The use of modern Scots made it accessible to all. A compact, performable, modern version! Not only hilarious in itself but matches stroke for stroke the inherent bawdiness of Lindsay's script! A condensed version that loses nothing. Alan Spence has shawn us, aince and foraye, at 'Ane Satyre' is still a leivin, dirlin pley at can speik ti modren Scots i thair awn leid an tak tent o thair pressin concairns juist as it did in the 16t centurie. We awe Spence oor aefauld thenks. The magnum opus of Scottish Renaissance drama! Alan Spence's newly updated script simultaneously illuminates Lindsay's groundbreaking achievement in marrying vernacular language with sophisticated verse forms, while at the same time adding yet more weight to the assertion of Scots' expressive dynamism and eloquence as a language for literary drama. This 21st century retelling of Sir David Lindsay's political satire was snappy, funny and downright irreverent! The use of modern Scots made it accessible to all. A compact, performable, modern version! Not only hilarious in itself but matches stroke for stroke the inherent bawdiness of Lindsay's script! A condensed version that loses nothing.