The James Plays
詹姆士三部曲


James I, James II and James III – are a new cycle of history plays by award-winning playwright Rona Munro and directed by Laurie Sansom, Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, which are to be presented in an unprecedented co-production by the National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain, during the Edinburgh International Festival in August and at the National Theatre in London from September to October.

This vividly-imagined trilogy brings to life three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century. Each play stands alone as a unique vision of a country tussling with its past and future, with its own distinct theatrical atmosphere. Viewed together they create a complex and compelling narrative on Scottish culture and nationhood.

《詹姆斯一世(James I)》、《詹姆斯二世(James II)》和《詹姆斯三世(James III)》是由屢獲殊榮的劇作家羅納·蒙羅(Rona Munro)編寫,蘇格蘭國家劇院的藝術指導勞里·桑塞姆(Laurie Sansom)執導,由蘇格蘭國家劇院、愛丁堡國際藝術節和英國國家劇院聯袂打造的全新歷史三部曲。詹姆斯系列分別於8月在愛丁堡國際藝術節、9至10月在英國國家劇院上映。
經過了巧妙構思的詹姆士三部曲,再現了動盪的十五世紀中統治蘇格蘭的三代斯圖爾特國王的故事。每一部都獨當一面地展現了這個國家特定時代的獨特面貌,與過去和未來相抗衡。不論是對蘇格蘭文化還是民族性而言,三部曲的組合建構了一個錯綜複雜又激情四射的劇情。

James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock
Bold and irreverent storytelling explores the complex character of this colourful Stewart king – a poet, a lover, a law-maker but also the product of a harsh political system.

《詹姆士一世》:解鈴還須繫鈴人(James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock)
用大膽且不留情面的敘事手法探討了這個多姿多彩的斯圖爾特國王的複雜特性——詩人、情人、立法者但同時也是無情政治環境中的一個個體。

 

James II: Day of the Innocents
In the second of Rona Munro’s dynastical trilogy, innocent games merge with murderous intent in a violent royal playground of shifting realities and paranoia.

《詹姆士二世》:一日“童真”(James II: Day of the Innocents)
王朝三部曲的第二章發生在一個現實和妄想扭曲且充滿暴力的皇家遊樂場裡,天真的遊戲中隐藏着兇殘的意圖。

 

 

James III: The True Mirror
Like James III himself, the final instalment of Rona Munro’s extraordinary trilogy is colourful, brash and unpredictable. It turns its eye on the women of the royal court, both lowly and high born, who prove to be its beating heart.

《詹姆士三世》:真實之鏡(James III: The True Mirror)
就像詹姆斯三世本人一樣,三部曲的最後一章是豐富多彩、不可一世和始料未及的。故事主要圍繞著皇室的女性展開。

 

The James Plays promise to be historical drama for a contemporary audience, served up with a refreshing modern directness. Audiences are invited to join a cast of extraordinary characters in the Festival Theatre Edinburgh and the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre in these fast paced stories that bring to life Scotland’s past through the gripping stories of the men, women and children who once ruled it. An ensemble of 20 actors took the audience through a rarely-explored period of history with playful wit and boisterous theatricality, and proved a landmark of Scottish drama in a remarkable year.

詹姆斯系列采用了令人耳目一新的現代表達方式來呈現歷史題材。在愛丁堡節日劇院和英國國家劇院的奧利弗劇場中,觀眾有機會受邀共同演繹劇中極具特色的人物。透過這些歷史人物的統治事跡,一段段扣人心弦的劇情,演員們用緊湊的演繹方式再現了蘇格蘭的歷史。20位演員組成的強大陣容加上俏皮機智的劇情和強烈的戲劇效果,觀眾彷彿穿越到了一個不曾發現的歷史時期,可以不客氣地說,在蘇格蘭戲劇史上,詹姆斯系列的誕生具有里程碑式的意義。


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展覽場地:Festival Theatre Edinburgh 愛丁堡節日劇院
Olivier Theatre, National Theatre 英國國家劇院奧利弗劇場
展覽時間:10.08.2014-22.08.2014
09.2014-10.2014
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