The Last Queen of Scotland
A Stellar Quines production, commissioned and supported by the National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep
By Jaimini Jethwa,
directed by Jemima Levick
‘My Mum and Dad had £7 when they got here. They got 90 days to leave and seven shitty pounds. 90 days, two pints, one pack of fags, gone.’
August 1972 - Idi Amin had a dream and ordered the expulsion of all Asians from Uganda under a 90-day deadline. From Uganda to Dundee, Jaimini Jethwa grew up in Scotland knowing nothing about her homeland until she found herself being haunted by Idi Amin. She started to run but he was everywhere.
Fae Uganda to Dundee and all the way back again - how do you confront Idi Amin when he still messes with your head?
The Last Queen of Scotland sheds light on a unique period in Scotland’s social history and the particular story of a community in exile that has rarely been told. Just as Idi Amin coined the phrase The Last King of Scotland, Jaimini Jethwa has decided to reclaim her heritage. Performed by one woman to a live urban soundtrack, through the street sounds of Dundonian dialect, The Last Queen of Scotland is Jaimini Jethwa’s homage to her city - her ‘love letter to the D”.
Jaimini is a playwright and independent film-maker. In March 2014 Jaimini travelled to Uganda to explore presenting The Last Queen of Scotland at National Theatre Kampala as part of ‘Banta in Uganda’ – in a research and development project supported through Creative Scotland’s International fund.
Leading Scottish director, and new Artistic Director of Stellar Quines, Jemima Levick directs.
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