King of Scotland is an award-winning dark comedy, and a free adaptation of Gogol’s ‘Diary of a Madman’.
Twenty-eight consecutive years of unemployment notwithstanding, Tommy McMillan becomes the poster boy for the Department of Social Inclusion’s ‘Training For Work’ scheme – but the Department gets more than they bargained for when they discover the true extent of his aspirations.
A foul-mouthed but sympathetic character, Tommy McMillan offers an interesting role for performance. After his performance in the 2011 revival of the play, Jonathan Watson was praised in the Guardian for 'his particular sensitivity to the portrayal of mental illness', as well as his 'credentials as a comic performer and his feel for the Glasgow patter'.
Featuring trouserless bankers, talking dogs, flying taxis and a razor-sharp parody of the workings of politics, King of Scotland is an outrageous Fringe First winning monologue. King of Scotland was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2000.