The true story of Sir Hector Macdonald, the famous Scottish general, who was destroyed by accusations of liaisons with young boys
Hector tells the true story of the Scottish hero “Fighting Mac” – Sir Hector Macdonald – who rose from humble beginnings as a crofter's son through the ranks of the British Army to become a knight of the realm, hero of the Battle of Omdurman and Queen Victoria's favourite general.
His active soldiering days over, he was appointed General Officer Commanding in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), but soon finds himself in conflict with the high born elite who run the colony. Allegations of liaisons with young boys surface and Macdonald returns home. Rather than face a court martial, he shoots himself in a Paris hotel.
But was he guilty? Or was he the victim of a plot fabricated by an English Establishment, motivated by jealousy and snobbery, at a Gaelic-speaking upstart who got above himself?
A tragic thriller full of contemporary resonances… a brilliant polemic against our cruel desire to prejudge sexual scandals… Some bright young button at the BBC should scoot along to the Finborough and snap up this script.
Lloyd Evans, The Spectator
A cracking yarn and well-acted.
Robert Gore-Langton, The Mail on Sunday
A masterclass in the inventive craft of theatre
Eleanor Macfarlane, The Upcoming
Intense and thought-provoking drama skilfully directed by David Gooderson and performed by an outstanding cast. … This production should not be missed
Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network
This is one soldier's tale you may not have known about, but one you will now never forget.
Kate Hudspeth, Bargain Theatreland
The premiere of the play was performed at the Finborough theatre in January 2013.
The play script of the stage play was published by Oberon Books, 2012.
Hector / So Great a Crime was written by David Gooderson.
The play is based on extensive research into newspapers of the period, both British and foreign, and all the relevant documents that have survived. Many have “disappeared” and the play reconstructs Sir Hector Macdonald's story in the light of the evidence that remains.
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