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Plays by Alan Richardson


One Act Drama

  • First performed by Erskine Drama Group in February 1986
  • Winner of the SCDA One Act Playwriting Competition
  • Published by Brown, Son & Ferguson

Characters (3m 3f)

Hob Elliot:  A border farmer
Meg Elliot:  His wife
Marjory Elliot:Their daughter
Janet Kerr:Meg's sister
Sandie Scott:  A Borderer
Clem:  Another Borderer

The Setting:  Hob Elliot's house in the Liddesdale valley, a few miles from the Anglo-Scottish Border

Period:  1565

Running Time: 45 minutes


In the year 1565, the Liddesdale valley in the Scottish borders was the scene of a violent feud between the powerful families of Scott and Elliot. Murder and robbery was widespread, often involving the innocent, such as Hob Elliot and his family.


One night, while his wife, daughter and sister-in-law are alone, two men force their way into Hob Elliot's house. They are Scotts, intent on taking Hob's life in revenge for the murder of a Scott. As the tension mounts while they await the imminent return of the unsuspecting Hob, his wife makes a determined bid to foil the killers.


This S.C.D.A. Playwriting Competition winning play is an uncompromising and realistic depiction of the darkest side of 16th century border life.

Katch Theatre, Edinburgh

"The tale is told with fine dramatic impact and the characters are particularly well drawn" - Amateur Stage

Katch Theatre, Edinburgh