This article considers aspects of the ways Scottish playwrights since the mid-twentieth century have used Scots language on stage. In doing so, it argues that the underlying ideology of the playwrights’ use of Scots shifted, to employ a pun, dramatically in the 1970s with regard to their approach to and apparent perception of the values embedded in Scots language and its theatrical use. The argument being developed is part of a wider one. This is that, willy-nilly, theatrical use of any of the languages of Scotland embodies ideologies of cultural value and community identity.
How to Cite:
Brown, I., 2017. Versions of ideological language and community identity in recent Scots-language drama. International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen, 10, pp.6–18.