Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off

By Liz Lochhead

Synopsis

The tale of the enmity between Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots, retold by Scotland's unofficial Poet Laureate.

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Review

It draws the most uncomfortable parallels between the sacrifice of Mary, and the myriad sexual, political and religious deformities that still plague the Scottish psyche. The GuardianA triumph - the characterisations never slide over into caricature but are full-bodied, subtle, humorous and virile. Time Out

Author Biography

Liz Lochhead is a poet, playwright, performer and broadcaster. She was born in Motherwell in 1947, studied at Glasgow School of Art and now lives in Glasgow. She first attracted notice with her play "Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off," and susequently with "Perfect Days," "Misery Guts" and her adaptation of "Medea."