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Image: The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black Black Oil 2016. Previous cast shown. Photo by Tommy Ga Ken Wan 

John McGrath’s The Cheviot, The Stag, And The Black, Black Oil was first performed in the 1970s by McGrath’s own 7:84 company, with a clear vision to bring popular yet political works directly to the working class. Since then, the production has become a touchstone of Scottish theatre thanks to its presentation of the experiences and narratives across the land, sea and population of Scotland across the ages.  

For its new 2019 revival, the National Theatre of Scotland are taking McGrath’s work to art centres and community spaces across rural Scotland, and are also set to cross the border for its only English dates, a much-anticipated two-week run at Newcastle’s Live Theatre from Tuesday 11th-Saturday 22nd June directed by Artistic Director Joe Douglas (who restaged the play back in 2015 at Dundee Rep Theatre).

The vitality of McGrath’s play is set to shine again through its bold and lively combination of song, poems and sketches that span from the 18th Century through to the Victorian era and the oil boom of the 1970s, interweaving these time-points with a tale of how the greed of the few can blight the many. As we live through an era of political upheaval and social divisions, the multidisciplinary vision of The Cheviot, The Stag, And The Black, Black Oil will undoubtedly feel vital. 

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