Passions of a queen about to be executed

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MARY, Queen of Scots certainly rates as one of the most iconic figures in Scottish history.

More has been written about her and her life and circumstances than almost any other Scottish female.

It is always difficult to 
find something new to say about such an enigmatic 
figure, but this is what a show 
at Bowhill Theatre on Saturday aims to do, following on from its success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In Mary, Queen of Scots: the Last Letter, actress Anna Hepburn, who will be recognisable from her appearances in TV dramas such as Taggart, Rebus and Monarch of the Glen, gets right to the heart of Mary to reveal the passions and beliefs that drove her and the influences responsible for her execution, which still resonate today.

The drama, scripted by Hepburn, is set at Fotheringay Castle on February 8, 1587, the night before her execution, when the distraught but resigned Mary is writing her last letter to Henri III of France.

As she does so she muses on her life as she tries to comprehend the turbulent passage from cradle to unquiet grave.

The performance starts 
at 8pm and tickets are available from Bowhill Theatre near Selkirk on 01750 22204.