The Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun Lecture 2013

Drama and Theatre in the time of Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun: unpicking myths

was given by

Professor Ian Brown
sponsored by Linda Fabiani MSP


Thursday 5th September


the Scottish Parliament



It is often suggested that somehow Scottish culture has been unwelcoming to drama and theatre. It is even suggested in some sources that, after the Reformation, drama and theatre were suppressed for centuries. Recent research has shown that this is simply a misunderstanding. Far from theatre and drama being suppressed for centuries in Scotland after the Reformation, they have been important aspects of Scottish cultural, social, political and even, at times, religious life more or less continuously from the sixteenth century to the present day.
This lecture focuses on the place of drama and theatre in Scotland during Andrew Fletcher’s lifetime to cast light on the varieties of drama and theatre that flourished (and sometimes did not quite flourish) in that period, the pressures that were placed on theatre after the so-called Glorious Revolution and the role of professional theatre in Edinburgh in the early years of the Union.


About Professor Ian Brown


Ian Brown is a playwright, poet and Professor in Drama and Dance at Kingston University, London. Formerly Arts Council of Great Britain Drama Director (1986-94), he was, until 2002, Professor of Drama and Dean of Arts at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He is President of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies and Chair (until June 2013) of the Scottish Society of Playwrights of which he was founder Chairman (1973-75). His plays include Carnegie and Mary for the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh and The Scotch Play and A Great Reckonin for Perth Theatre. He has written on a wide range of topics related to literature, theatre history, language and theatre, cultural policy, and Scottish culture and is General Editor of the landmark Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature (EUP: 2007) and joint series editor for the International (formerly Edinburgh) Companions to Scottish Literature.  He is Visiting Professor in Scottish Literature at Glasgow University and to the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations at the University of Glamorgan.


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