An Evening with King James 1 – Love, Blood and Blind Ambition

21 Feb 2020, 7.30PM–10.00PM
St. John's Kirk, Saint John's Place, Perth, PH1 5SZ
An Evening with King James 1 – Love, Blood and Blind Ambition

Music performed by Gaita: Scotland’s specialist medieval music ensemble dedicated to performing their music in a medieval context.

Readings taken from James I’s Kingis Quair, performed by Professor Richard Oram (University of Stirling) and from John Shirley’s eyewitness accounts of the tragic murder of James I, performed by Dr. Lucy Dean (University of the Highlands and Islands). Theatrical performances taken from Rona Munro’s vividly-imagined and tumultuous play James I, The key will keep the lock - which explores the complex character of James I, his behind the throne manipulations, and a nation unwilling to acknowledge his regal authority.

An interview with the Critically-acclaimed novelist Helen Grant featuring excerpts from her book Murder in Blackfriars based on the king's death. Poetry specially composed and recited by Jim Mackintosh, Poet in Residence St. Johnstone Football Club, and Poet in Chief of the Hampden Collection.

As well as, the first ever public premiere of our dramatic promotional film trailer ‘James I King of Scotland’.