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The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil

Summary
This BBC presentation of the 7:84 Theatre Company’s production of The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil by John McGrath included scenes from a live performance cut in with outdoor enactments of historical scenes filmed on the shores of Loch Carron (Radio Times, 30 May 1974).
Theatre play
The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil by John McGrath (1935-2002) [more information]
Date of transmission
Thursday 6 June 1974
Time
9.25-10.55pm
Series
Play for Today
Channel
BBC1
Production company
BBC
Theatre company
7:84 Theatre Company

Credits

Director
John MacKenzie
Producer
Graeme McDonald
Playwright
John McGrath (1935-2002)
Cast
Kenneth BendaDuke
John Bettunnamed part
Terry CaversWife
Kevin CollinsOld Man
James CosmoLoch
Iain GlasMacLeod
Charles KearneySellars
David Maclennanunnamed part
Dolina Maclennanunnamed part
Elizabeth Maclennanunnamed part
Timothy Martinunnamed part
Stuart MungallHusband
Alex Nortonunnamed part
Bill Patersonunnamed part
Allan Rossunnamed part
David SteuartJudge

Additional details

Notes
Extracts from this production, with commentary by John McGrath, were included in the BBC-Open University programme ‘Politics of Drama’ televised regularly from 1982 to support the study of distance-learning students on the course U203 Popular Culture.
Play tags
19th-century setting; music drama; musical; oil industry; Scotland, as theme or setting; Scottish drama

Audiovisual sources

Title
The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil (BBC, 1974)
Archive
BBC Information and Archives [more information]
Address

White City
London
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Telephone

+44 (0)20 8008 2288

Website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/informationandarchives/

Access

BBC Information and Archives is not open to the public.

Print sources

Title
Radio Times, 30 May 1974 (Magazine)
Linking notes
article, p. 10-13; listing, p. 48

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