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    Scots Language – Robert McLellan

    The Scots language has been intrinsic to Theatre Alba’s work since it began in 1981 with Eddie Stiven’s lyrical and magical Tamlane.

    Robert McLellan wrote:

    When he speaks English, the Scot loses contact with the national elements of his unconscious.”
    Robert McLellan, Playing Scotland’s Story, Ed. Colin Donati.

    Recently Joyce McMillan wrote an article for the Scotsman bemoaning the use of Scots for particular theatrical or literary effect that included its overuse in characterising  the boorish, vulgar and violent.

    Her piece also mentions Charles Nowosielski’s early Theatre Alba productions and the lyricism of well-written Scots. You can read her article here ( outside link)