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The Scots language in Drama
The Puddok An The Princess
By David Purvis
A comedy based on a Scots version of the Frog Prince theme. Produced by Theatre Alba during Edinburgh International Festival in 1985, when it won a “Fringe First” award. Subsequently produced at Traverse Theatre as a Christmas show. Toured throughout Scotland in Spring of 1986. Produced again by Theatre Alba during Edinburgh International Festival in 1988, and subsequently toured throughout Scotland in September/October. Published by Brown, Son & Ferguson, Glasgow, 1992. Toured round schools in central Scotland in December, 1992. Produced by Byre Theatre, St Andrews and Rowan Tree Company in 1996. Toured as Christmas show around schools in south-east Scotland by Scottish Actors Initiative, in 2000.


This story, is based on a traditional Scottish version of the European Frog Prince theme.  It is set in a mythological Scotland a long time ago, when all the folk in the Kingdom were happy and content, every man the friend of his neighbor.  The country  had no king for the king had died, but he had left behind him a Queen and three bonny daughters. 

   Everybody said what a good Queen she was, but one day the Queen falls mortally sick and her daughters are sent in turn to the Well  at the World’s End at Ardnamurchan, where the water has magical curative powers.  At the Well, each daughter, in turn, encounters the Puddock (frog) Guardian of  the Magic Water, but the price of obtaining the water is marriage  with the Puddock.  The eldest daughter, Nanse, is too proud and selfish and she refuses, the second daughter, Eilidh, is pernicketie and she also refuses, but Morag, the youngest daughter, accepts the Puddock’s proposal for her mother’s sake.   After an improvised marriage ceremony, Morag is allowed to collect some of the Magic Water and returns to the Queen at her Palace.  The Queen gets her cure, and is restored to vigorous health, but the Puddock duly turns up at the Palace claiming his marital rights.  In the end, the Puddock is conveniently transmogrified into a Prince, Morag’s sacrifice is rewarded and everybody lives happily ever after.

The English language story based on the above play
The Puddock and The Princess


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