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Richardson, Alan Watt (Scottish playwright, May 28, 1949-____), “The Broken Band,”

a 40-minute Scottish drama in English, set in a ruined sheiling (a temporary shelter for shepherds) close to the border between England and Scotland, September 10, 1513; the day after the Battle of Flodden,

2m2f (+ extra)

; • © 1990 by Alan Watt Richardson; • in Alan Watt Richardson’s The Broken Band (Glasgow, Scotland: Brown, Son & Ferguson, Ltd., 1990), ISBN 0851745881; • script/rights available from Alan Watt Richardson, 40/9 Robertson Avenue, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH11 1PS, United Kingdom, telephone 0131 313 5040, e-mail alanrichardson@clara.co.uk or alan@playsbyalanrichardson.co.uk, http://playsbyalanrichardson.co.uk. • Cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____) (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.

§ Dramatis Personae Andrew Kerr (m), an older soldier, a commoner bound by feudal duty; Sir John Renwick (m), a young Lothian nobleman spurred by chivalric loyalty; Mary (f), a Glasgow girl (camp follower); Christina (f), a Highland woman (camp follower).

§ Synopsis “Following Scots’ defeat at Battle of Flodden, four survivors band together for safety.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 329.

§ Content “Two of the characters in the play are written with strong Scottish dialects which can be toned down to suit. • Alan was born and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He has been involved in amateur theatre for 35 years as an actor, director, stage manager and playwright. Since his first play won the Scottish Community Drama Association Playwriting Competition in 1973, another 6 plays have won playwriting competitions. His 20+ plays have been staged over 600 times, mainly in the UK, but also in Holland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.”

§ Themes Anglo-Scottish conflict, battle survival, Battle of Flodden (England, Friday, September 9, 1513), death, defeat, loyalty, patriotism, survival.

See also Alan Watt Richardson's

  • "Mr Perfect," a 35-minute comedy in English, set in a hotel lounge bar, late afternoon, Scotland, 2003, 2f (+1m nonspeaking)
  • "Perfect Partners," a 40-minute Scottish comedy-drama in English (available in Dutch translation), set in an agency office, Scotland, 1990, 2m2f
  • "Telltale," a 40--minute Scottish drama in English, set in _____, Scotland, 1715, 2m2f (+ extra)
  • "When a Man Knows," a 35- minute drama in English, set in _____, Scotland, 2003, 1m1f (+ extra)

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