Nicht o’ the Blunt Claymore Full Length Scots Comedy
First performed by New Victory Players of Glasgow, October 1974
Winner of the SCDA Playwriting Competition
17 Productions in the UK
Published by Brown, Son & Ferguson
Characters (6m 4f)
Meg: The Macleods' maidservant Helen MacLeod: Daughter of Archibald MacLeod Janet MacLeod: Her mother Archibald MacLeod: Owner of the farmhouse James Campbell: A local Magistrate Agnes Campbell: His Wife Reverend Graham: Minister of the local Kirk Duncan Fraser: A Jacobite Rebel, Helen's suitor A Stranger: (Male) Major Davidson: An English Army Officer
The Setting: Archibald MacLeod's farmhouse on the outskirts of Bonachy, a village in Perthshire, Scotland
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
May, 1746. The Macleods, a family with Jacobite sympathies, must assume the appearance of loyal Hanoverians to deceive James Campbell, a notorious rebel-hunter.
Their problems are complicated by their own daughter's reckless infatuation with the rebel cause, a whisky-still in their barn, and an assortment of unwanted guests, including Campbell and his wife, the local minister, a mysterious stranger, a fugitive rebel and a company of redcoats.
A hectic evening of conspiracy, concealment, disguise and mistaken identity ensues, culminating in an inevitable collision between the assembled protagonists.
The winning play in the 1973 S.C.D.A. Playwriting Competition.