Script for The Maclennium, Scotland's thousand years

 

 

INTRO (Actors on stage and still)

Hail Caledonia. Pictland. Dalriada. Alba.

Hail Kenneth the Hardy 1st king of all Picts and Scots.

Hail MacBeth. King Hereafter.

 

MacBeth stood in front of the throne and looking regal.

MASSED PIPES & DRUMS

Cock o' the North

MacBETH

I am MacBeth, man of Moray and by fate the King of Alba - the country unified by Pict and Scot.

When Malcolm II named his grandson Duncan as successor, he broke the Pictish inheritance line. Although Duncan removed other claimants, together with Thorfinn the Mighty, Earl of Orkney, I reclaimed the throne after 6 years. I reigned for 17 years, in this new 2nd Millennium and served Alba well - until slain by Malcolm Canmore. Although I know what came before me, I can only see what became of Alba through those that followed me.

Enter Malcolm

MALCOLM CANMORE

You held Alba together successfully for 17 years, but I Malcolm Canmore, ruled "Scot"-land for 36.

 

MASSED PIPES & DRUMS March off

Scotland the Brave, Rowan Tree.

 

MALCOLM CANMORE

My English wife, the "saint" Margaret, persuaded me to accept the Normans into my court. They fought for Scotland in exchange for lands. I accepted that William, Conquerer of England was the more powerful and became his supporter. This peace enabled Margaret's influence to flourish and song and dance tell the stories of our time.

 

FIONA DARROCH

Gaelic song

HIGHLAND DANCERS

COUNTRY DANCERS

A Millennium Welcome (A medley composed by Marilyn Watson a teacher of the RSCDS. Music by Mrs Pat Clark, a renowned musician within the RSCDS)

 

MacBETH (to Malcolm)

It appears to me that you and your ilk allowed our country to be dominated by Normans and the church. Instead of fighting for our lands, you gave them away.

 

MALCOLM CANMORE

Aye it would seem so to you, but we gained lands in England by peaceful means. My grandson, William the Lion lost heavily in battle and became Henry II's puppet. So fighting the English nearly cost us our country and certainly brought the English army upon us.

Malcolm Canmore exits

MILITARY BAND

Enter William Wallace 

WILLIAM WALLACE

I am William Wallace. The dynasty started by Malcolm Canmore ended after 230 years when Edward Longshanks of England took control after the death of the Maid of Norway. As usual the nobles let him, in exchange for lands.

 

MacBETH

By your look and manner you are not a noble but a warrior - so what was your fight?

 

WILLIAM WALLACE

For freedom - and that alone - which no man gives up but with life itself. "Alba gu brath"

 

MacBETH

Aye, Alba gu brath.

 

MASSED PIPES & DRUMS (march on)

Bonnie Galloway, Badge of Scotland

 

WILLIAM WALLACE

The English killed my wife so I killed the sheriff of Clydesdale and others in retaliation. Men followed me and we vowed to rid Scotland of our enemies. In the north another leader Andrew de Moray had similar success. In 1297 we took on the English army at Stirling Bridge.

MILITARY BAND

WILLIAM WALLACE

By skill, strategy and courage we routed them. The river turned red with their blood. After this, the flower of Scotland united for the first time, in the name of our country. "Scotland forever"

 

MASSED PIPES & DRUMS

Pipes & Drums chant "Wallace, Wallace, Wallace" from the arena.

Flower of Scotland

 

MacBETH

You moved a nation in the cause of freedom but what became of you?

 

WILLIAM WALLACE

Betrayed by nobles and captured by Edward's men. I would not swear allegiance to Longshanks even after torture so he had me hung, drawn and quartered, first burning my entrails before my dying eyes.

MacBeth shakes head in disbelief.

MacBETH

So this was the end for Alba, Scotland - are we a nation no more?

 

WILLIAM WALLACE

Fear not MacBeth of Alba - another warrior, a claimant to the throne, Robert the Bruce, followed my lead and finally won Scotland's greatest victory at Bannockburn, not far from my own victory at Stirling.

The nobles later signed a declaration at Arbroath, promising to defend Scotland against the English.

See it here MacBeth. (Hands scroll to MacBeth who reads it allowed. As soon as MacBeth is finished..)

Freeeedom! (Exits as pipes exit)

MASSED PIPES & DRUMS (march off)

Wi' a hundred pipers

 

MacBETH

So by 1320 Robert the Bruce finally rules a united Scotland. Who can tell me of these prosperous times?

Enter Mary Queen of Scots (French accent)

MARY QOS

C'est moi, MacBeth. Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. As always MacBeth, if our country is not at war with Angleterre we are fighting each other. The Highlands and Lowlands follow their own path. In the north the Clans fought one another for land and the MacDonalds', Lord's of the Isles also made claims on the throne. My own ancestors - the House of Stewart fought them at the bloodiest of battles - the Red Harlaw. There were no winners only dead.

Scotland joined the "Auld Alliance" with France against the English, for our mutual protection - although not always favoured by the people. The French had a saying "Il est fier, comme un Ecossais" It is true we are a wild and proud race, but with a wonderful culture (Gestures to the audience/arena)

COUNTRY DANCERS

Silver Rose/Tappie Toorie

 

FIONA DARROCH

Gaelic Song

HIGHLAND DANCERS

IAIN MUIR & CRAIGELLACHIE BAND

MARY QOS

War with England was always close and my grandfather James IV assembled Scotland's largest army at Flodden.

MASSED PIPES & DRUMS (March on)

Glendaruel Highlanders/Pibroch of Donald Dubh

 

MARY QOS

The English matched them and James died a courageous death along with half his army.

MacBeth shakes head in disbelief.

I was raised in France and married their king. As well as Scotland, I could claim the throne of France and England. The people loved me, and although I was imprisoned and beheaded, I forever have a place in their hearts. My son James was the first Scottish king to rule both Scotland and England. The struggle was then one of religious faith in the churches and cathedrals.

COMBINED BANDS

Highland Cathedral.

 

MARY QOS

Covenanters sought to remove power from the Stuart kings and eventually succeeded in placing a Dutchman William of Orange on the throne of England and Scotland - but not before history found a place for two Scottish champions, the Earl of Montrose and after the battle of Killiecrankie - the Bonnie Dundee.

Exits

MASSED PIPES & DRUMS

Killiecrankie two 3 pace rolls Bonnie Dundee march off

 

MacBETH

After such news I must take stock. I suggest we all break for refreshment before continuing to hear more of my countrymen. We will meet again in 20 minutes.

INTERVAL 20 mins

MacBETH

Welcome back my people. I trust you are refreshed. So William of Orange is King of England and Scotland - who will tell me of this Dutchman and beyond?

Enter Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie)

CHARLES EDWARD STUART

I am Prince Charles Edward Stuart, MacBeth and I will show you the end of the Stuarts. William made the Highland chiefs pledge their allegiance to him. All, bar MacDonald of Glencoe signed in time and the old MacIain himself, was only 5 days late. Sir John Dalrymple, William's secretary of state sent an army to Glencoe.

MILITARY BAND

CHARLES EDWARD STUART

They received Highland hospitality from MacIain for 12 days

 

COUNTRY DANCERS

St Andrews Square

FIONA DARROCH

HIGHLAND DANCERS

Remain in arena for massacre

MASSED PIPES & DRUMS March on

79th Farewell to Gibralter, Molly Connell, Orange & Blue, High Road to Linton, The Kilt is my Delight. Reform Blue Bonnets over the Border.

 

CHARLES EDWARD STUART

And then this order was receivedů (hands scroll to MacBeth)

MacBETH

Reads the order from scroll to the audience.

Military Band members shout "Death to the MacDonalds" . Highland dancers scream, run, exit or die on arena floor

Solo piper plays Ballad of Glencoe once through, Massed Pipes & Drums join in.

When piping ends MacBeth (John Scott) sings Ballad of Glencoe. Everyone has head bowed.

CHARLES EDWARD STUART

This breach of Highland hospitality will forever be part of our history.

Pause for effect.

Scotland became poor and with large debts. In 1707, the English paid our debts and in return Scotland and England signed an act of union - one king, one parliament of the people.

MacBETH

And did the people approve of this union?

Drum Beat followed by shouts of No union, No union! By all the people of both sides.

CHARLES EDWARD STUART

You have your answer. An unsuccessful revolt was led in my father's name in 1715.

I raised my own standard in 1745 at Glenfinnan . We marched to Derby - but few Jacobites joined our cause We returned to Inverness and faced our enemy at Culloden Moor. The English were led by my cousin William Duke of Cumberland.

MILITARY BAND

CHARLES EDWARD STUART

At dawn on this very day 16 April in the year 1746 the Highlanders charged for the last time.

Pipes & Drums shout "Fecht for Charlie"

MASSED PIPES & DRUMS followed by MILITARY BAND

Roses of Prince Charlie

All start and march up and down. Less & less playing until just a few left. Then Military Band kick in with 1 tune and pipes stop immediately. At end all still heads bowed.

LONE PIPER

Lament - Flowers of the Forest

 

ELIZABETH NUNNS representing Flora MacDonald

Skye Boat Song

 

CHARLES EDWARD STUART

I escaped to Skye but the Highland Clan system was destroyed - Carrying arms meant death, tartan, kilt and plaid was banned and men were transported if caught.

 

MacBETH

This was a terrible thing you did in the name of the crown. You deserved to be the last of your line.

 

CHARLES EDWARD STUART

Aye, perhaps you are right. The irony is that such is the fighting spirit of the Highlanders that over the next fifty years the crown took Highlanders to build the British Empire. 27 line regiments and 19 Battalions of Fencibles.

 

MASSED PIPES & DRUMS

March off Green Hills, Battle's o'er.

Charles exits

Enter Robert Burns

ROBERT BURNS  

Hullo there, MacBeth you auld bastard!

MacBETH (half draws sword)

ROBERT BURNS

I dinnae mean onything by it your highness. It's just ma way.

I am Robert Burns from Ayrshire and I wrote some poems, fathered some children, drank wi' ma friends and generally had a great life. (Aside to audience) Well that's me then!

Ah'm here tae show you that from all the carnage we have forged a great, great nation of wonderful people all over the world. (Loud) Here's a toast - Tae Scotland and Scots everywhere! (Holds up glass to audience)

After the '45, sheep grazed the hills and the Highlanders were driven overseas, taking their language and customs with them. In the lowlands Edinburgh and Glasgow became modern cities and Scots led their fields in the arts and sciences. Our people rose again - their ingenuity forged the Industrial Revolution and their inventions brought prosperity to Scotland and the Empire. Scottish culture can be found the world over and people love to dance and sing our songs

ELIZABETH NUNNS Sings BURNS with CRAIGELLACHIE

Ae Fond Kiss / O whistle and I'l come to you my lad (to be confirmed)

COUNTRY DANCERS & HIGHLAND DANCERS

The Fête Champètre (128 bar jig)

FIONA DARROCH

IAIN MUIR & THE CRAIGELLACHIE BAND

"Come join us MacBeth"

MacBeth