Caledonia archiveCaledonia is a story of greed, euphoria and mass delusion. It is the story of a small, poor country mistaking itself for a big, rich country. William Paterson was a financial adventurer who in the late 1600's planned to found a Scottish colony in Darien on the isthmus of Panama in Central America and turn Scotland, one of the poorest nations in Europe, into a prosperous colonial power. He invited the public to invest and within weeks a vast proportion of the nation's wealth had been subscribed. Distance, disease and a naive optimism all played their part in this ruinous episode. Within a few years, the Scots - demoralised and impoverished - gave up their nation's independent status and signed the 1707 Treaty of Union with England. Inspired by documents, journals, letters, songs and poems of the period, celebrated playwright and satirist Alistair Beaton has created a work that is both a tribute to heroic ambition and a darkly witty take on the deceptions and self-deceptions of rich and poor alike. World Premiere


Paul Blair, Tam Dean Burn, Cliff Burnett, David Carlyle, Alan Francis, Frances Grey, Paul Higgins, Neil McKinven, Robert Melling, Pidgeon, Morna Young


Author: Alistair Beaton
Producer: National Theatre of Scotland
Director(s): Anthony Neilson, Anna Morrissey (movement)
Design: Peter Mackintosh
Lighting: Chahine Yavroyan
Sound: Nick Sagar


Caledonia (Play) production archive for QTIX code T02090792799. Details of all Caledonia archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1212821280

Archive Listings

21 Aug 10
26 Aug 10
King's Theatre
Performance Details => Venue archive
13 Aug 10
16 Aug 10
Eden Court Theatre
Inverness, Highlands
Performance Details => Venue archive


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