The JOOT Theatre Company presents Robert Henryson's 'The Testiment of Cresseid'
The JOOT Theatre Company presents Robert Henryson's 'The Testament of Cressaid'.
Adapted for the stage by Jamie Reid Baxter and Ian Low, and featuring as the narrator Dr Michael Dempster, current resident Scots Scriever at the National Library of Scotland.
In its original form, The Testament of Cresseid by the fifteenth-century Scottish makar Robert Henryson is a narrative poem of just over six hundred lines in Older Scots. It tells the story of the tragic fate of Cresseid, a destiny left unexplored in Henryson’s main source, Chaucer’s fourteenth-century Troilus and Criseyde.
Our dramatisation of the Scottish poem further reframes the tale of Cresseid within a WWII context. In our version, Margery, a young woman deeply attracted to the glamour she sees on the silver screen, falls asleep during an air raid and dreams of herself as Cresseid. In her dream, however, Henryson’s characters are reimagined as stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The Testament text itself is performed entirely in Older Scots.
Tickets £6 / £5 concessions. Tickets available on the door (cash only). To reserve beforehand, go to https://fixr.co/event/1081448
Before the evening performance, Dr Jo George and the JOOT company will be holding a workshop on the Testament jointly with Prof. Rhiannon Purdie of the School of English and her students from EN3113 Older Scots Literature, 12-2pm in the Barron Theatre. If anyone is interested in joining this workshop (no charge!), please get in touch with Rhiannon Purdie at firstname.lastname@example.org.