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The Cheviot, The Stag & The Black, Black Oil

Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland in association with Dundee Rep Theatre and Live Theatre
Based on the original production by Dundee Rep Theatre
Written by John McGrath
Directed by Joe Douglas
Performers: Stephen Bangs, Jo Freer, Christina Gordon, Reuben Joseph, Calum MacDonald, Billy Mack & Carol Anderson

From the highland clearances to the oil boom, this is the universal tale of how the greed of a few blights the lives of the many. 

Add a generous dose of Scottish rebellion and irreverence. Throw in some live music and a riotous ceilidh - you’ve got yourself a rollicking great night out.

1973 was a big year for radical, working class theatre. Whilst Live Theatre began touring into social clubs around Newcastle, 7:84 Theatre Company were doing the same with The Cheviot… across Scotland. The two companies were part of the same struggle.

45 years on, this new production of The Cheviot… takes the story back to its roots by visiting village halls in the Highlands and Islands, echoing the play’s original 1970s tour. The play was a phenomenal success for Joe Douglas in 2015, before he became Live Theatre’s Artistic Director.  He returns to direct, bringing it to Live Theatre, the only English venue on the tour.

Come and experience the "Story that has a beginning, a middle but, as yet, no end…

Designer Graham McLaren
Composer and Sound Designer MJ McCarthy
Musical Director Alisadair Macrae
Band Leader Christina Gordon
Lighting Designer Kate Bonney
Associate Director Jo Rush
Associate Sound Designer Calum Paterson
Casting Director Laura Donnelly, CDG
Voice Director Ros Steen
Production Manager Ali Low
Company Stage Manager Micky Graham
Technical Stage Manager Calum Paterson
Costume Supervisor Emma Clifton
Touring Front Of House Manager Rebecca Clark
Scenic Artist Kirsty Glover
BSL Performance Interpreter Catherine King 

Director Joe Douglas on The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil

Teaser from The Cheviot, The Stag And The Black, Black Oil

Cheviot Freesheet


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️'must see play...wows a packed audience...a fabulous thought provoking and entertaining piece of theatre' The Journal

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'buoyant revival of a Scottish classic' The Guardian

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'touring revival of modern Scottish classic catches the feel of 7:84's 1973 original'
The Stage

"It throws… at you in generous handfuls; laughter, farce, drama, live song and dance, finely researched political intent."  ★★★★★


The Independent (review of 2015 production)

"rousing, raucous, polemical… and fun"  ★★★★★

The Guardian (review of 2015 production)

The Cheviot, The Stag & The Black Black Oil

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund


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