Meet the cast of JAMES IV - QUEEN OF THE FIGHT

As anticipation mounts for the newest installment of The James Plays, we are delighted to announce the full cast and creative team who will bring the next part in this extraordinary cycle of plays to life. This chapter reveals the vibrant cultural mix of the Scottish court, enriching our understanding of our nation’s history.

Blythe Duff (Taggart, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Daniel Cahill (All My Sons, River City) return to The James Plays as Dame Dounteboir and James IV. 

They're joined by Danielle Jam (Them!, Molly and Mack) and Laura Lovemore (Queen of the New Year, Life is a Dream) as Ellen and Anne, two high-born Moorish women who take their place in the royal court. 

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Laura Lovemore, Danielle Jam and Daniel Cahill

The cast is completed by Ewan Black (Turnbull/Fighter/Ensemble), Malcolm Cumming (Donald), Keith Fleming (Dunbar), Sarita Gabony (Margaret), Thierry Mabonga (Peter), Samuel Pashby (Douglas/Ensemble), Gameli Tordzro (Ensemble/Musician).

"You're a wonder. You're a window into a wide world."

As previously announced, in autumn 2022 Rona Munro returns to Scottish stages with a bold new production:  James IV – Queen of the Fight, directed by Laurie Sansom - the formidable duo who brought us James I, II and III. As anticipation mounts we are delighted to announce the full cast and creative team who will bring the next part in this extraordinary cycle of plays to life. This chapter reveals the vibrant cultural mix of the Scottish court, enriching our understanding of our nation’s history. 

Rona Munro's vividly imagined trilogy has already brought to life three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century to the acclaim of audiences and critics from Scotland to Auckland. They were acknowledged as a landmark event in Scottish and UK theatre. Now comes James IV with Laurie Sansom directing once more. 

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Laura Lovemore, Danielle Jam, Daniel Cahill

I’m excited to perform in the next chapter of this incredible story and I hope to honour Ellen’s journey as much as she deserves.

Danielle Jam (Ellen)

I am beyond buzzed to be part of the James legacy! Can’t wait to share this story with everyone.

Laura Lovemore (Anne)

Writer Rona Munro and Director Laurie Sansom are reunited with Designer Jon Bausor who also worked on the first three plays; and joined by Venus ex Machina as Composer. British Historian Dr Onyeka Nubia has been working as a historical consultant on the project. The team is completed by Movement Director Neil Bettles, Sound Designer Garry Boyle, Casting Director Laura Donnelly CDG, Associate Director (Rehearsals) Jaïrus Obayomi, Associate Director (Tour) Luke Kernaghan, and Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell.

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(Top Row) Blythe Duff, Ewan Black, Malcolm Cumming, Keith Fleming, (Bottom Row) Sarita Gabony, Thierry Mabonga, Samuel Pashby, Gameli Tordzro

Does she ever think about slowing down or even giving up? She admits she has a “fantasy” — and stresses that’s all it is — of becoming a teacher in a New England liberal arts college, “wearing a slightly shabby sweater and looking a little bit vague and sitting around discussing Catcher in the Rye or some other great piece of writing”. She loves talking to people younger than her, she says. “But I’m fully booked, dahling, for the next year.”

And besides, she finds the world too interesting. “Every turn of every page I learn something…” She starts to giggle at the memory of an Extraordinary Escapes episode she had completed for season two of the Channel 4 series. “Even taking a gong-bath with Sarah Millican. Not a good idea, it made us laugh too much…” A gong-bath? “You lie in the woods, and somebody plays a gong.”

She isn’t done with “something new”, she insists: “NEXT SLIDE PLEASE will be full of new discoveries, new adventures, new ideas. Otherwise you become a dinosaur.” Curiosity is key, her top recommendation to her fellow humans. “Don’t be certain of too much. I am challenging people to have their answers questioned.”

SANDI TOKSVIG NEXT SLIDE PLEASE comes to Edinburgh on Mon 27 June - tickets available here.

With this bridge to the original trilogy, the momentum of the of plays is going to be carried through into this next chapter

Daniel Cahill (James IV)

I can’t wait to be back in the rehearsal room... I feel sure the audience are ready too.

Blythe Duff (Dame Dounteboir)
JAMES IV: Queen of the Fight comes to the Festival Theatre from 30 September, before embarking on a national tour.
Tickets available here.
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