THE CHEVIOT, THE STAG AND THE BLACK, BLACK OIL by John McGrath

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THE CHEVIOT, THE STAG AND THE BLACK, BLACK OIL by John McGrath

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It’s a story that has a beginning, a middle, but as yet, no end. John McGrath’s winding, furious, innovative play tracks the economic history and exploitation of the Scottish Highlands from the post-Rebellion suppression of the clans to the story of the Clearances: in the 19th century, aristocratic landowners discovered the profitability of sheep farming, and forced a mass emigration of rural Highlanders, burning their houses in order to make way for the Cheviot sheep. Described by the playwright as having a “ceilidh” format, The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil draws on historical research alongside Gaelic song and the Scots’ love of variety and popular entertainment to tell this epic story. First performed in Edinburgh in 1973

Published by Methuen

82 pages

Good condition

Weight 0.180 kg