The Cheviot Is Going On Tour

Dundee Rep Theatre announces Scottish tour of its critically-acclaimed production of The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil in Autumn 2016

Dundee Rep Theatre is delighted to announce a Scottish tour of its critically-acclaimed production of the The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil written by John McGrath and directed by Joe Douglas in Autumn 2016.

The Scotsman, Joyce McMillan, “…arguably the single most important show in the whole history of Scottish theatre… 

The iconic political play, widely considered to be a cornerstone of contemporary Scottish theatre, was a huge success at Dundee Rep Theatre in September 2015, garnering critical praise and smashing box office records.  The production will once again be performed in Dundee from 31 August until 10 September before embarking on a Scottish tour visiting The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness and the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, until 22 October 2016.  This will be the first professional tour of the play in over twenty years. 

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil was written by renowned British playwright, director and political theorist John McGrath, who often took up the cause of Scottish independence in his plays.

Many of the issues and themes covered in The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil are as topical today as they were back in the 1970s, such as the North Sea oil industry and the treatment of working people in the Highlands and Islands.

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil is considered one of Scotland’s first theatrical examples of docu-drama and verbatim story-telling.  It has been hailed as greatly influencing generations of theatre-makers in Scotland and beyond, as well as drawing in new audiences through its unique story-telling.  McGrath famously embraced the techniques of Music Hall, Variety and especially the ceilidh to appeal to audiences across the social classes.

John McGrath is also renowned for setting up the theatre company 7:84 Scotland in 1971. 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. The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil is its most famous production.

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil is directed by Joe Douglas, a theatre director, writer and performer. He has won Fringe Firsts for Letters Home (Grid Iron/Edinburgh International Book Festival, 2014) and Educating Ronnie (Macrobert/Utter, 2012), and has recently been appointed Associate Artistic Director of Dundee Rep Theatre.

Joe Douglas, director of the The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil says,

Directing The Cheviot has never been anything but a terrifying honour.  Dundee was jumping when we performed the play last year and we’re very excited to take the Ensemble out on the road. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to bring this vibrant production to a wider audience and see how the people of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow uniquely respond to it.

McGrath’s philosophy was that the audience must have ‘a good night out’ and that’s something that we aim to ignite across the country.”

Nick Parr, Chief Executive at Dundee Rep Theatre says, “The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil was a huge success in Dundee last year.  I am delighted that we can share this outstanding and timely production in Dundee again and also across Scotland - John’s script is as powerfully relevant today as it was forty odd years ago.

More details and images at our tour website cheviottour.co.uk