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James V: Katherine – Theatre @ Melrose Corn Exchange


A Raw Material & Capital Theatres Co-production 

 James V: Katherine 

 “If a young woman made you smile, you wouldnae want to see her set on fire, would you?” 

 Katherine Hamilton is a nineteen-year-old woman facing arrest and trial in the King’s court, with only her quick wit as defence against execution.  

 James V: Katherine is a dramatic interpretation of key events during a turbulent time in Scotland’s history, events that did happen and did change Scotland forever. But this is also a play filled with hidden histories, deft comedy and a secret love story between two young women. 





Rona Munro’s renowned James Plays – the theatrical series set during the reigns of Scotland’s generations of Stewart kings – have entertained audiences on main stages since 2014. Now, this latest standalone episode tours to theatres, town halls and arts centres across the country, in a co-production between Raw Material and Capital Theatres, directed by Orla O’Loughlin (Enough Of Him, What Girls Are Made Of). Experience this epic tale presented as an up-close-and-intimate performance. 

Written by RONA MUNRO Directed by ORLA O’LOUGHLIN Designer: BECKY MINTO Lighting Designer: DEREK ANDERSON Composer/Sound Designer: DANNY KRASS: Associate Director: Eve Nicol Movement Director and Intimacy Co-ordinator – Janice Parker 

 Cast: Sean Connor (River City, Moorcroft) Catriona Faint (Dracula: Mina’s Reckoning, Enough Of Him), Benjamin Osugo (Alföld, A Christmas Carol) and Alyth Ross (Dalgliesh).  

 Supported by Chris Grace Hartness and funded by the Creative Scotland Touring Fund. 

Image: Mihaela Bodlovic 

31st May and 1st June 2024*
Melrose Corn Exchange

Running time: 1hr 20m

Recommended Age 14+
Contains Strong Language

CAST Biographies 

SeanConnor is an actor based in Glasgow, Scotland. He graduated from New College Lanarkshire in 2017 with a BA Honours in Acting and has since appeared in numerous film and television projects, including Schemers (Black Factory Films, 2020), Still Game (BBC1, 2019), Anna and the Apocalypse (Vertigo Films, 2017). He is best known for playing series regular Dylan Christie in the hit BBC Scotland show River City. Since leaving River City he has appeared in multiple stage shows across Scotland and beyond. His theatre credits include Moorcroft (Tron Theatre in association with National Theatre of Scotland), Ode to Joy: How Gordon Got To Go To The Nasty Pig Party (Stories Untold Productions), Don Quixote: Man of Clackmannanshire (Dundee Rep & Perth Theatre), Until it’s Gone (A Play, A Pie and A Pint and Sean & Daro Flake It Til’ They Make It (Traverse Theatre). 

 Catriona Faint trained at New College Lanarkshire (HNC) & Mountview (BA), graduating in 2020. Theatre includes: Dracula: Mina’s Reckoning (National Theatre of Scotland / Aberdeen Performing Arts Co-Production in association with Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Enough of Him (National Theatre of Scotland and Pitlochry Festival Theatre), The Tempest (Tron Theatre), Black or White Coffee (Union Theatre), A Clockwork Orange, Emilia (Mountview), Tis pity she’s a Whore (Sam Wanamaker Festival, Shakespeare’s Globe). Screen: Christmas at Cunningham’s (National Theatre of Scotland), Volcano Horse Man (BBC). Catriona was selected for The Scotsman’s ‘Ones to Watch’ 2024. 

Benjamin Osugo is an actor from Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BA Acting program. His credits include: Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company), Alföld (A Play, A Pie and A Pint in association with Citizens Theatre & Traverse Theatre); The Bookies, A Christmas Carol (Dundee Rep in Association with Noisemaker), Wings Around Dundee (Dundee Rep); The Five Thousand (BBC Radio 4); Detention Dialogues (Ice & Fire); Attempts on Her Life, The Seagull, Richard III (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Frantic Ignition (Frantic Assembly). 

Alyth Ross is a Scottish actor who trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Dance School of Scotland at Knightswood. Her screen credits since recently graduating include: Last Light (Amazon/MGM), Dalgliesh (Channel 4), Dirty Angels (Feature Film), Bad Sisters (Apple TV) and Personal Best (BFI Network Short). Her radio/audio credits include: 4am Kyiv is Bombed (BBC Radio 4), and OCAS (Big Finish Productions). This is her professional stage debut.  

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When & where

Date: May 31 - Jun 01
Time: Doors at 19:00 - Performance 19:30

Melrose Corn Exchange

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