It may have been fought half a millennium ago, but the impact of the Battle of Flodden still resonates down the centuries, according to a new play.
And this Saturday, the play will start a two-week tour of the Borders, coinciding with Flodden anniversary events, in an attempt to shed light on how and why commemoration of such dreadful events continues to play a major role in modern, 21st century society.
Towards Flodden – The Script was created by writers working with the Treading the Borders Theatre Company.
A staged reading by actors of the play will be performed at, among other venues, The County Hotel in Selkirk on Friday, September 13, at 1pm, followed by a second performance at Neidpath Castle at 7.30pm the same day.
Then on Friday, September 20, it will be performed in Yetholm’s Wauchope Hall, at 7.30pm.
Treading The Borders Theatre Company, which was established in 2011, is led by artistic director, Jane Houston Green.
She says the show is not just about marking the 500th anniversary of one particular battle.
“Flodden was the last great big battle. It has resonated down through the centuries and it has asked the question of what Scotland could have been if it had never been fought,” she told us, during a break in rehearsals in Selkirk this week.
“The play is to do with humanity, how and why we commemorate such events and what we can still learn from them, even after so long.
“It is all coming together now and everyone is really excited about performing it in front of audiences.”
It was after discussions with Creative Scotland, that it was decided a number of staged readings should be performed to mark the anniversary.
However, it is hoped funding will be available to allow a full-scale production, to tour further afield in 2014.
Tickets available locally and at www.borderevents.com