Scottish Drama

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Scottish Drama

Front cover (detail), 'Good Men & True' by Alban Gordon (1926)Front cover (detail), 'Good Men & True' by Alban Gordon (1926)

This collection brings together The Mitchell's holdings of plays by Scottish dramatists. It demonstrates the long standing and vibrant tradition of dramatic writing in Scotland and important developments in Scottish theatre, especially within the last 100 years. 

There are a number of early items of interest: The Royal Martyr by Alex Fyffe (1705), The Fatal Extravagance by Joseph Mitchell (1730), several 18th century editions of Allan Ramsay's The Gentle Shepherd and an 1871 reprint of Marciano, or the Discovery, first performed in Scotland in 1663.

All the major Scottish dramatists, such as David Lindsay, John Home, James Thomson, J.M. Barrie, John Davidson, Joe Corrie, Joanna Baillie and James Bridie are included and there several works, including one-act plays, by lesser known writers. The collection includes translations into Scots of works by foreign dramatists and plays by writers who are better known as novelists, such as Eric Linklater.

Modern drama is represented by Robert McLellan, John McGrath, John Byrne, Rona Munro, Gregory Burke, Douglas Maxwell, Liz Lochhead, David Greig and other contemporary authors.

The collection also includes a number of typescripts by 20th century writers including Robert Kemp, Ewen MacColl, Robin Millar, Janet M. Smith and Ena Lamont Stewart.

Copyright restrictions apply.

For information on how to access these items, please contact the staff in Special Collections. ​​​

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