The cheviot the stag and the black black oil bbc

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the cheviot the stag and the black black oil bbc

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil by John McGrath

I dont know about this one. Though this book show an alternative view of the history of the Highlanders, one perhaps more true to how things went down, the constant comparison to other marginalised groups, likening the oppression of the Highlanders with the Native Americans, with colonised countries that are still in the global south to this day, etc left a really really bad taste in my mouth. The play also relies solely on stereotypes, and not on genuine characters to relate to. Its also a bit patronising, with someone from an elite school with a top education going out to the farmers and small communities and preaching to them about their real history and how they need to change their politics to suit... whom? The communist politics isnt the issue, but the one spreading it in these isolated communities. It doesnt help that McGrath isnt even Scottish.
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The Cheviot, The Stag & The Black, Black Oil in rehearsals

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil review – buoyant revival of a Scottish classic

Adaptation of the Touring Theatre Company's presentation of Highland and Northern Scottish history from , focusing on the Highland Clearances and continuing the central theme of ownership of the land through North Sea oil exploitation up to McGrath 's play, performed by his Touring Theatre Company, exposes this contradiction and shows the subject to be never more relevant, dragging it kicking and screaming into the spotlight in a very intimate, personal way. The play might seem a little patronising of its audience at times but this is countered by the honesty of its editing, which does not exclude the occasional look of wry amusement, scepticism or bemusement on the audience's faces. On other occasions the audience is visibly moved. This, and the wholehearted participation, cheering and clapping, is a ringing endorsement of the play. The theatre voiceovers, the filmed reconstructions and the aerial shots of the landscape are all equally involving. The interviews with the riggers alone are a priceless historical document.

Sign in. Breakout star Erin Moriarty of " The Boys " shouts out her real-life super squad of actors. Watch now. Drama documentary adaptation of John McGrath's play staged by the theatre company dealing with the exploitation of the Scottish people throughout history, from the brutal evictions of the Highland crofters by landowners to make way for the more economically viable Cheviot sheep in the 18th century, the development of stag hunts in Highland game parks in the 19th century and finally the exploitation of resources during the oil boom of the 's. Written by ben There has never been a more entertaining, gripping, or ultimately uplifting treatment of recent Scottish history. The television production draws on some of these actual performance events, in telling the tale of how Scotland was exploited from pre-Victorian times to the present day.

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil is a play written in the s by the popular theatre groups. A television version directed by John Mackenzie was broadcast on 6 June by the BBC as part of the Play for Today series.
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Review: The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black Oil at Live Theatre, Newcastle Show Info

From April , beginning at a venue in Aberdeen Aberdeen Arts Centre , [1] [2] it was performed in a touring production in community centres on Scotland by and other community theatre groups. A musical drama, Cheviot recounts the history of economic change in the Scottish Highlands , from the Highland Clearances in the early 19th century through to the contemporary oil boom at the time of its first production. The stage play is mixed with filmed reconstructions of documented events in the Highland Clearances, darkly humorous songs and sketches and, later, interviews with those participating and affected by the North Sea Oil industry in Scotland from miles above the Earth. Castle from helicopter.

Qty :. Written during the s, John McGrath's winding, furious, innovative play tracks the economic history and exploitation of the Scottish Highlands from the post-Rebellion suppression of the clans to the story of the Clearances: in the nineteenth century, aristocratic landowners discovered the profitability of sheep farming, and forced a mass emigration of rural Highlanders, burning their houses in order to make way for the Cheviot sheep. The play follows the thread of capitalist and repressive exploitation through the estates of the stag-hunting landed gentry, to the s rush for profit in the name of North Sea Oil. A totally distinctive cultural and theatrical phenomenon, the play championed several new approaches to theatre, raising its profile as a means of political intervention; proposing a collective, democratic, collaborative approach to creating theatre; offering a language of performance accessible to working-class people; producing theatre in non-purpose-built theatre spaces; breaking down the barrier between audience and performers through interaction; and taking theatre to people who otherwise would not access it. The play received its premiere in by the agit-prop theatre group , of which John McGrath was founder and Artistic Director, and toured Scotland to great critical and audience acclaim. A creative powerhouse who was often out of fashion, but never out of action.


  1. Catherine D. says:

    A revival of the iconic s Scottish play "The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil" is beginning a national tour.

  2. Rachel K. says:

    Say "the Scottish play" to your average theatregoer and, quite rightly, they think Macbeth.

  3. Nestdebfete1967 says:

    "Play for Today" The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil (TV Episode ) - IMDb

  4. Dominik K. says:

    BFI Screenonline: Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, The ()

  5. Guviminti1989 says:

    The first professional tour of the classic Scottish play The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil in over two decades launches at Dundee.

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