‘My Mum and Dad had £7 when they got here. They got 90 days to leave and seven shitty pounds. 90 days, two pints, one pack of fags, gone.’
August 1972, Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of Ugandan-Asians under a 90-day deadline. From Uganda to Dundee a woman grows up knowing nothing about her homeland haunted by Amin’s impact on her destiny. Returning to Uganda years later she confronts his ghost.
Fae Uganda to Dundee and all the way back again – how do you confront Idi Amin when he still messes with your head?
This is one story from a community in exile that sheds light on a unique period of untold history, performed by one woman to a live soundtrack [Patricia Panther, Glasgow Girls], through the street sounds of Dundonian dialect.
Just as Idi Amin coined the phrase ‘The Last King of Scotland’ Jaimini Jethwa decided to reclaim her heritage – The Last Queen of Scotland is her homage to her city – her ‘love letter to the D”.
What the audiences are saying:
“powerful performances & incredible writing”
“blown away…outstanding theatre”
“a story that needs to be heard, powerfully told”
Just announced – SHORTLISTED for Scottish Arts Club Theatre Awards
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The Last Queen of Scotland is proud to be part of The Made in Scotland Showcase, a curated showcase of Scottish performance on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.
brilliant delivery from performer Rehanna MacDonald. She completely embodies the distinct Dundee voice and conveys the unique and authentic Dundee accent with every word that she spits out with unabashed passion. To witness her tell the story of The Last Queen of Scotland is a brilliant and exciting experience. (The Wee Review)
Jemima Levick directs the show, never allowing the pace to slow by applying a surfeit of stagecraft. Panther’s insinuating soundtrack and Ian Dow’s versatile lighting design provide the requisite textures without distracting from MacDonald’s energetic performance as the smart, sympathetic heroine. The piece provides an intriguing reminder of a turbulent historical episode while engagingly dramatising apposite themes of migration, identity and belonging. (The Times)
This is a fascinating slice of history, brilliantly recounted and economically directed by Jemima Levick. Lovers of good theatre shouldn’t miss this one. (Bouquets & Brickbats)
The Last Queen of Scotland will take you on an emotional and historical journey that is particularly poignant in the current political climate. (EdFest Magazine)
brimming with ideas, lucidly directed by Jemima Levick, and tells a story that demands to be seen on the stage. (AllEdinburgh Theatre)
MacDonald gives a captivating performance as the central character – energetic and expressive, she tells her story with humour and warmth, as well as skilfully embodying an array of other characters along the way. (The Skinny)
Rehanna MacDonald shines as Jaimini, bringing depth and sparkle to her portrayal of a young woman trying to make sense of her place in the world (Fest)
‘The Last Queen of Scotland’ is a brave and gallus attempt at distilling the Scots Asian experience, or at least some part of it, and well worth your time. (Edinburgh Guide)
Production Tour Dates
21 & 22 July 2017@ 7:30pm
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
3 – 26 August (not 9 or 16) @ 6.50pm
BSL Interpreted performances: 8 & 22 August at 6.50pm
BSL Interpreter: Amy Cheskin.
Please note there will be BSL interpreters front of house from 6.20pm.