James Varney – Treason

James Varney

Standing British treason law is based on the Treason Act 1351, the official text of which remains written in Norman French. Among other things, the Act forbids imagining the death of the monarch. Treason is an invitation to meet in a pub and consider the implications this centuries-old piece of legislation has on our lives today.


James Varney is a writer and theatre maker based in Manchester. He has made work with Daniel Bye, Josh Coates and Lenni Sanders. His recent shows have variously handled depression, witches and selfie-feminism.



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