James II: Day of the Innocents

Cast: 5f 9m, 1 girl (aged 3-6), 1 boy (aged 6-9)

Staging: can be simply staged

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Published in volume The James Plays
First Staged:
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 2014

James II: Day of the Innocents

By Rona Munro
Published in volume The James Plays

The second part of Rona Munro's The James Plays trilogy, James II: Day of the Innocents depicts a violent royal playground from the perspective of the child King and his contemporaries, in a terrifying arena of sharp teeth and long knives.

James II becomes the prize in a vicious game between Scotland’s most powerful families. Crowned when only six, abandoned by his mother and separated from his sisters, the child King is little more than a puppet. There is only one friend he can trust: William, the future Earl of Douglas. As James approaches adulthood in an ever more threatening world, he must fight to keep his tenuous grip on the crown while the nightmares of his childhood rise up once more.

The James Plays premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2014, before transferring to the National Theatre, London, in a co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland.

Note for Performers: If you are performing the trilogy in its entirety, you are entitled to a special discounted rate of £150 plus VAT per performances for all three plays, which is in effect a 3 for 2 offer.

Cast: 5f 9m, 1 girl (aged 3-6), 1 boy (aged 6-9)

Staging:can be simply staged

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Published in volume The James Plays

Also by Rona Munro:

Gilt
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (stage version)
The Maiden Stone
Saturday at the Commodore
The Last Witch
The James Plays
Little Eagles
Your Turn to Clean the Stair
Scottish Shorts
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (stage version)
Mary Barton (stage version)
James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock
The House of Bernarda Alba
Fugue
The Astronaut's Chair
Long Time Dead
Pandas
Scuttlers
Iron
Bold Girls
The Basement Flat
Strawberries in January
James III: The True Mirror
Your Turn to Clean the Stair & Fugue
The Indian Boy

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