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The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil by John McGrath (UK Tour)

"It's a story that has a beginning, a middle, but, as yet, no end…"

One of Scottish theatre's most iconic and influential productions returns to the stage in 2019, in a special revival from the National Theatre of Scotland which comes to Live Theatre, Newcastle in June 2019 following a tour of Scotland to Dundee, Inverness, Lerwick, Ullapool, Dornie, Skye, Aberdeen, Perth and Stirling.

First staged by the 7:84 company in the 1970s, John McGrath's The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black, Black Oil has become a cornerstone of contemporary Scottish theatre. Successfully restaged by director Joe Douglas in 2015, now Artistic Director of Live Theatre, the show broke box office records at Dundee Rep Theatre before touring Scotland to critical and audience acclaim.

Echoing the play's original tour in the 1970s, this 2019 revival will see it visiting art centres and community spaces in Dundee and across rural Scotland, before a 2-week run at Newcastle's Live Theatre, where Joe Douglas is now Artistic Director.  

Forty-five years on from its original tour John McGrath's pivotal political play has lost none of its vitality and relevance, expertly weaving, songs, poems, scenes and sketches into a freewheeling Highland ceilidh. From the ruthless croft clearances of the 18th century to the fashionable Victorian game hunts, and the scars left by the '70s North Sea oil boom right up to the political upheaval of the current day, The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black, Black Oil  presents the stories and experiences of Scotland's land, sea, and people across the centuries.

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil is the most famous production of the 7:84 company, set up by John McGrath alongside his wife Elizabeth MacLennan and her brother David in 1971. Avowedly socialist in its outlook, its aim was to take popular, political theatre to the working classes and they performed in alternative venues throughout Scotland, England and Wales. The title of the company derived from a 1966 statistic that 7% of the population of Great Britain owned 84 % of the wealth.

This show sees the National Theatre of Scotland collaborate with Newcastle's Live Theatre for the first time since the immensely successful co-production Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, which toured to the theatre following its debut in 2015, and went on to enjoy significant success across the world, most recently touring to London's West End and winning an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2017.

Tour Dates:

Ardler Centre | Dundee
Thurs 16 May

Eden Court | Inverness
Sun 19 & Mon 20 May

Mareel | Lerwick
Thurs 23 May

Macphail Centre | Ullapool
Tues 28 May

Dornie Village Hall | Kyle of Lochalsh
Wed 29 May

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig | Isle of Skye
Fri 31 May

Minginish Community Hall | Isle of Skye
Sat 1 June

Aberdeen Arts Centre | Aberdeen
Tues 4 June

Perth Theatre | Perth
Wed 5 June

Macrobert Arts Centre | Stirling
Thurs 6 June

Charleston Community Centre | Dundee
Fri 7 June

Live Theatre | Newcastle
Tues 11 - Sat 22 June 

Written by John McGrath

More Information:

Booking information

Date and Location:

Various Venues

Start Date: Thursday, 16 May, 2019

End Date: Saturday, 22 June, 2019

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