The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil – watch it here

The Cheviot, the Stag, and the Black Black Oil was a tour-de-force in political theatre.

Written as a musical drama by John McGrath, from Liverpool, it looks at how Scotland and its people have been systematically tricked, beaten and exploited for its resources of land, sea and people.

Set up in the 1970s, the agit-prop theatre group 7:84 – a reference to 7% of the UK population who owned 84% of the wealth of the UK – it proved a great hit with audiences in small venues all around Scotland.

Bill Paterson and Alex Norton are probably the best know of its actors from this time but the talented cast was excellent.

For those in Aberdeen who watched the first run of The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil in 1973 it proved an unforgettable experience

This film comes from a television version broadcast in 1974 so is nearly 40 years old. Allowing for issues of quality given its age stick with it. It’s great fun and you will undoubtedly learn a thing or two about Scotland and be hugely entertained into the bargain.

http://digital.nls.uk/scottish-theatre/cheviot/index.html

 

6 Responses to “The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil – watch it here”

  1. Saw this film last Sat. and was amazed at how relevant (alas) it is after nearly 40 years of it’s first showing.
    Yes how would an English capitalist differ from a Scottish one I wonder.

  2. Saw the original in Edinburgh. Still relevant today. Thanks for posting it.

  3. The 7:84 derives from 7% of population owing 84% of the wealth – not 84% of the land…

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