Daily Archives: February 13, 2016

Mary Somerville to become first woman on RBS banknote, other than HM The Queen

Mary Somerville19th century pioneering Scottish scientist Mary Somerville has been confirmed as the first woman, other than HM The Queen, to adorn an RBS banknote – and the first plastic £10 note.

Mary Somerville ,  was a mathematician, who overcame huge disadvantages to pursue her career at a time when women were discouraged from studying science.  Her pioneering spirit led to Oxford University naming Somerville College in her name.

Her face will become increasingly familiar to Scots from next year, when it will start to appear on the bank’s new plastic £10 notes.

Other contenders for the honor of depiction on the RBS Banknote included theoretical physicist James Clerk Maxwell and engineer Thomas Telford.


The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Friends and members of the American-Scottish Foundation are invited to attend a performance of the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart at GPSCY at Yale University.

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is bringing the riotous romp of live music and storytelling to New Haven, Connecticut, where it will be performed in a pub setting. The show will run from March 30–April 3, 2016, with shows at 3pm and 8pm. Early-bird tickets are available. Purchase them here.Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 15.24.32

Performances of Prudencia Hart have sold out across Scotland, around the world and in New Haven in 2012. Now the show is back by popular demand, so don’t miss your chance to take part in the fun.

“One wintry morning Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. As the snow begins to fall, little does she know who or what awaits her there. Inspired by the border ballads—and delivered in a riotous romp of rhyming couplets, devilish encounters and wild karaoke—Prudencia’s dream-like journey of self-discovery unfolds among and around the audience…”

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 15.24.21The Washingtonian Magazine calls the show “Wildly entertaining!” but includes a warning in its review:

“Patrons beware: Attending this show may result in you getting kissed, asked to join in a song, or worse. But it’s all in good fun.”

Created by writer David Greig and director Wils Wilson, the show is overflowing with barnstorming live music and a “terrific, inventive sense of fun…” (The Scotsman). The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is simply not to be missed!

Find out more about the show here.

Images via artidea.org.

Shakespeare Theatre Company Announces 2016-2017 Season

The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. has announced the 2016- 2017 Season.

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Image via shakespearetheatre.org.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Shakespeare Theatre Company has become “the nation’s foremost Shakespeare company.” The production company has received more Helen Hayes Awards than any other theatre. Today the Shakespeare Theatre Company is thriving under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Kahn.

The 2016-2017 season will kick off with a “Free For All” production of The Tempest directed by Ethan McSweeny. There will also be productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Secret Garden, King Charles III, The Select (The Sun Also Rises), Macbeth, and Women Before Women.

To find out more about the productions visit the Shakespeare Theatre Company website.

Buy Season Tickets today! Subscribe to save up to 30% off ticket prices, get tickets to Free For All in advance, get discounts on additional tickets, get free standby if you miss performances, and more! To purchase your Season Tickets, call the Shakespeare Theatre Company Box Office at 202.547.1122. The Box Office is open 12-6 p.m. daily.