Who was James Stewart, the fourth Scots monarch from a family with little imagination for Christian names? The renaissance king with a passion for women, alchemy, foreign languages, large ships, modern weaponry and metal underwear?
In 1513, at the request of the glamorous French Queen Anne, the chivalrous James led a huge army into England to draw English troops away from Henry VIII’s invasion of France. It worked right up until the cunning tactics of the Earl of Surrey outmanoeuvred the Scots and James’ men foundered in the swamp at the foot of Branxton Hill. After the brutal carnage, Scotland’s King lay dead along with most of Scotland’s nobility. Did Scotland ever really recover?
Soddin’ Flodden recounts the life of James IV and charts the events leading up to the calamitous defeat at Flodden - a history lesson of sorts, but written and devised by John Nichol, so we can expect a characteristically alternative approach. And with accomplished musicians and singers, Hilary Bell, Lucy Cowan and Jenni Borthwick in the mix, this is not to be missed.
The show includes the marriage of the Thistle and the Rose, with wedding cake for the audience, and the appearance of a surprise celebrity guest. There are plenty of laughs and a good selection of sing-a-long songs, as well as a wide assortment of headgear and weaponry. Never a dull moment from start to finish.
Soddin’ Flodden premiered at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Borders-based IDEOMS Theatre is the creator of the popular Burns Night show & supper events performed at The Maltings every January for the past three years (Burns Bites Back in 2011, Honest Poverty in 2012, and Just Add Haggis in 2013).
Written by John Nichol
1h15min (no interval)
“John Nichol recounts the narrative, speaking and singing in a mix of Scots and contemporary colloquialisms while switching hats (literally) to play a cast of ten key characters, supported by Lucy Cowan and Hilary Bell on fiddle, guitar and backing vocals” – Sue Wilson (SCOTSMAN)
“John Nichol & Co at their best. Brilliant mix of history, music & humour all in one. Will go and see again when it goes on tour and certainly recommend to Borders folk.” - George Lyall
“Absolutely brilliant! Marvellously done. Laughs and loads of blood thirsty Scottish history. What's not to like. A must see” - Mark Bunting
“Three extremely talented people recount the pivotal battle that ultimately ensured England's domination of Scotland. Engaging, interesting, amusing” - Sharon Walthew
For more information on the variety of events being held on both sides of the border to commemorate the 500th anniversary go to www.flodden1513.com.
|Soddin Flodden takes place at...|
|The Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Berwick-upon-Tweed (Entertainment)|