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Plays by Alan Richardson


Brodie the Broadsword
Full Length Border Comedy

  • First performed by Granton Parish Church D.G. Of Edinburgh, February 1976
  • Winner of the SCDA Playwriting Competition
  • 27 Productions in the UK. The author’s most popular Scottish full length play
  • Published by Brown, Son & Ferguson

Characters (4m 5f)

Ina:  A servant
Clarty Sim:  Brodie's man-at-arms
Lady Catherine:Brodie's wife
Young Effie:  Another servant
Alison:  Brodie's daughter
Sir Archibald Brodie:  Nicknamed "The Broadsword"
Sir Henry Milburn:  Brodie's ancestral enemy
Stephen Milburn:  Milburn's son
Kirsty Boyd:  From the nearby village

The Setting:  Sir Archibald Brodie's castle, close to the English border
Period: Early 16th century

Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes


A minor Border Laird, Sir Archibald Brodie nicknamed "the Broadsword'', has spent his life pursuing a career of raiding, reiving and robbery, particularly from his English neighbour, Sir Henry Milburn. Now past his prime, Brodie plans one final grand raid.

Anticipating a large ransom, he kidnaps Milburn's son, but trouble soon follows. As an English army gathers outside his castle walls, Brodie reluctantly agrees to a temporary truce, while his wife, Lady Kate, who is eager to end the feud by any means possible, exploits her own singular brand of diplomacy.


Unfortunately, her task is complicated by the stubbornness of the two men, a romantic problem, the threats of a blackmailer, and the combined help and hindrance of the castle's nondescript servants on whom the finer points of diplomacy are wasted.


With a combination of persuasion, deception, and sheer good fortune, Lady Kate secures a fragile peace, but the two old enemies have one last ace to play against each other.

Set against the background of the lawless Borders at the turn of the 16th century, this S.C.D.A. Playwriting Competition winning comedy offers a variety of rewarding character parts.

Saughtonhall Drama Group, Edinburgh

"A thoroughly enjoyable play" - SCDA Scene

"Full of laughs galore" - Hawick News

The Barony Players, Bo'ness