Leading lights discuss drama

Acclaimed playwrights and leading arts commentators are meeting this week for a conference exploring Scottish theatre.

The three-day event which marks the 40th anniversary of the Scottish Society of Playwrights, examines the role of Scottish playwriting at a time of political and cultural upheaval.

Playwriting in Scotland

Haggis Hunting: Fifty Years of New Playwriting in Scotland is co-presented by the University of Edinburgh and the University of Greenwich, in association with Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year.

The Haggis Hunt reference name checks a phrase written in an essay by drama scholar, Professor Jan McDonald in the 1970s. She controversially reproached playwrights for taking part in ‘the great Scottish Haggis Hunt’, questioning the value of Scottish theatre-making at the time.

Acclaimed playwrights

Almost 40 years since the essay was written, esteemed names such as successful playwright David Greig, theatre critic Joyce McMillan and Nicola McCartney, playwright and University of Edinburgh lecturer will re-address this issue.

The varied programme includes a talk from renowned theatre scholar Trish Reid, a performance of excerpts from The Satire of the Three Estates by Sir David Lyndsay, a debate on Scottish Theatre and the Referendum, playwriting master classes and a keynote speech from David Greig followed by a reading of his award-winning play, Caledonia Dreaming.

Haggis Hunting: Fifty Years of New Playwriting in Scotland takes place at the Traverse Theatre from 4-6 April 2013.