James Hogg’s ‘The Royal Jubilee: A Scottish Mask’ A rehearsed reading, with songs
Fri 16th Sept at 7pm.
There are fairies, and brownies, and shades Amazonian,
Of harper, and sharper, and old Cameronian…
The spirits are all gone as mad as the people”
(James Hogg, The Royal Jubilee)
On the 14th of August 1822, as George IV arrived on his ‘jaunt’ to Edinburgh, James Hogg published a new play: The Royal Jubilee: A Scottish Mask. The Jubilee is set- like key scenes in Hogg’s best-known work The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – on Arthur’s Seat. This live rehearsed reading with songs is – in the absence of any evidence otherwise – the first time the play has ever been performed since its publication 200 years ago.
Introduced by Valentina Bold (who edited the ‘Jubilee’ in 1994) and
Kirsteen McCue (editor of Hogg’s ‘Songs’), the reading will be by a cast
including Jo Miller, Dolina MacLennan, Ajay Close and SPL director Asif
Image: Sir David Wilkie, 'An incident during the visit of George IV to Edinburgh, 1822'. Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Print Room):
- 16 September 2022
- 90 minutes
- Scottish Poetry Library
- Whole Building
- All Ages