Cheviot raises £1,337 for Dundee Foodbank

Dundee Rep Ensemble’s hugely successful staging of John McGrath’s The Cheviot the Stag and the Black, Black Oil played to pack houses during last month. Through the generosity of audience members, £1,337.68 was raised for Dundee Foodbank, Constitution Street.

The money was raised by sealed bids during an evening performance. Director Joe Douglas and cast members signed five The Cheviot the Stag and the Black, Black Oil posters and three programmes.  The eight highest bidders succoured a piece of Scottish theatrical history from one of Scotland's most influential plays.

Director Joe Douglas said, “The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black Oil reminds audiences of the importance of standing in solidarity with those who need help.  The Dundee Foodbank does incredible work with some of the city’s most vulnerable people and I’m delighted that we have been able to help raise some money for such an important cause, through our work.  The generosity of the audiences at Dundee Rep is inspiring.”

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

13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK. Dundee foodbank is part of a UK-wide foodbank network run by The Trussell Trust. The Trussell Trust works with churches and communities nationwide and aim to open new foodbanks right across the UK. With over 400 foodbanks currently launched the Trust's goal is for every town to have one.