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The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black Black Oil

UK Tour

Associate Sound Designer

This legendary piece of Scottish theatre tells the story of the exploitation of Scottish lands, waters and people over the centuries.

From the highland clearances to the oil boom, this is the universal tale of how the greed of a few blights the lives of many. Add a generous dose of Scottish rebellion and irreverence. Throw in some live music and a riotous ceilidh – you’ve got yourself a rollicking great night out.

“a Story that has a beginning, a middle but, as yet, no end…”


National Theatre of Scotland, in association with Dundee Rep and Live Theatre

Creative Team

Director: Joe Douglas

Playwright: John McGrath

Designer: Graham McLaren

Composer & Sound Designer: Michael John McCarthy

Musical Director: Alistair Macrae

Lighting Designer: Kate Bonney

Associate Director: Jo Rush

Associate Sound Designer: Calum Paterson


"The Cheviot’s shattering of the fourth wall, ceilidh song, dance and audience participation, and the range of dramatic and musical styles, virtually compel the audience to embrace its insistent political line"

- The Wee Review *****

" highly influential on Scottish theatre... politically engaging... makes the audience feel its stories have something to do with them"

- The Scotsman *****

"This show should be seen my every man, woman and child in the country"

- Shetland News *****

"a quintessentially Scottish piece of theatre that did much to explain the nation to itself and change the rules of the game"

- The Guardian ****

"This version of John McGrath’s ceilidh play feels much closer to 7:84’s original 1973 tour... edgy stuff and fiercely anti-capitalist"

- The Stage ****


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