The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil


Row of men and women in front of 'pop-up' hills


Audio recording of event on 26 January 2010

Original cast members, and others, discuss a play considered to be one of the cornerstones of Scottish theatre.

'The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil' tells the story of economic change in the Highlands from the Clearances to the oil boom of the 1970s. Written by John McGrath, it was first performed by the 7:84 Theatre Company in 1973.

Journalist James Naughtie chaired the panel discussion, which featured:

  • John Bett, actor
  • Issie MacPhail of the Assynt Crofters Trust
  • Elizabeth MacLennan, actor
  • Bob Tait, former Editor, 'Scottish International Review'
  • Dolina MacLennan, actor
  • David MacLennan, actor
  • Bill Paterson, actor.

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