Language is personal. Nothing gets closer to our hearts. Who owns it? Who governs it? And why?
In this one-woman show about the Scots language, Ishbel McFarlane presents collected stories, memories, characters and attitudes to challenge our expectations and prejudices about language. By interrogating the history of Scots, and the ways in which it is subdued, the audience is invited to question the way forward for minority languages.
In this lively and detailed performance, Ishbel McFarlane portrays several historic Scottish figures and linguistic experts from Liz Lochead to Robert Burns. Audience members, prompted by a televisual bingo caller, read prompt cards addressing those famous alter egos and McFarlane at various stages and ages in her life. The revelations and stories challenge how we view the Scots language, and the ways in which it is taught and subdued.