David Lindsay's The 3 Estaites: The Millenium Version
The 3 Estaitesis - 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 Estaitesgained 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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