Cheviot for Lyceum

Mar 8 2016 | By More

Iconic play tours to Lyceum

Dundee Rep’s revival of The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil is to play the Lyceum in September 2016 as part of a short Scottish tour.

The five star production – reviewed at Dundee Rep here: ★★★★★ Fabulous revival – was a critical and popular hit, gaining record numbers of audience members for the theatre last year.

The Cheviot the Stag and the Black, Black Oil cast member Billy Mack as factor Sellar. Photo Tommy Ga Ken Wan

Billy Mack as the Factor, Sellar. Photo Tommy Ga Ken Wan

Many of the issues and themes covered in The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, are as topical today as they were back in the 1970s,  such as the North Sea oil industry and the treatment of working people in the Highlands and Islands.

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil is considered one of Scotland’s first theatrical examples of docu-drama and verbatim story-telling. It influenced generations of theatre-makers in Scotland and beyond, as well as drawing in new audiences through its unique story-telling.

Writer John McGrath famously embraced the techniques of Music Hall, Variety and especially the ceilidh to appeal to audiences across the social classes.

Dundee was jumping

Speaking of the tour, the revival’s director, Joe Douglas, said: “Directing The Cheviot has never been anything but a terrifying honour. Dundee was jumping when we performed the play last year and we’re very excited to take the Ensemble out on the road.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to bring this vibrant production to a wider audience and see how the people of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow uniquely respond to it.

“McGrath’s philosophy was that the audience must have ‘a good night out’ and that’s something that we aim to ignite across the country.”


The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street EH3 9AX

Wednesday 14 – Saturday 24 September 2016
Evenings Tue-Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees 15, 17, 21, 24 September: 2pm
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More details and images on the tour website:

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil on tour:
Wed 31 Aug – Sat 10 Sept Dundee
Dundee Rep
01382 223530 Book online
Wed 14 – Sat 24 Sept Edinburgh
Royal Lyceum
0131 248 4848 Book online
Tue 4 – Thurs 6 Oct Aberdeen
His Majesty’s Theatre
01224 641122 Book online
Tue 11 – Sat 15 Oct Inverness
Eden Court Theatre
01463 234 234 Book online
Tue 18 – Sat 22 Oct Glasgow
Citizens Theatre
0141 429 0022 Book online


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