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The James Plays

The James Plays

By Rona Munro
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848425606, 320 pages, March 2016


Munro’s vividly imagined trilogy brings to life three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century. Each play stands alone as a unique vision of a country tussling with its past and future; viewed together the trilogy creates a complex and compelling narrative on Scottish culture and nationhood.


'a towering achievement. .. a modern classic' - Evening Standard; 'an astonishing dramatic achievement. .. Munro's script is the star. .. a feast of theatrical might and blistering emotion' - Telegraph; 'full of topical resonance. .. These are unequivocally plays for today. .. Munro skilfully interweaves the personal and the political' - Guardian; 'wit, punch and accessibility. .. this is theatre that mixes the personal with the political to fabulous effect. . .. The scope is Shakespearean, yet Munro applies a contemporary sensibility to her medieval characters, who talk and swear in modern tongue' - The Times; 'Rona Munro's three plays can stand confidently alone but, taken together, have a scale and reach that is thrilling and satisfying in equal measures' - Independent