Play for Today: Season 4, Episode 19

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil (6 Jun. 1974)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 18 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Drama documentary adaptation of John McGrath's play staged by the 7:84 theatre company dealing with the exploitation of the Scottish people throughout history, from the brutal evictions of ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 234 titles
created 07 Mar 2012
 
list image
a list of 234 titles
created 4 weeks ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil (06 Jun 1974)

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil (06 Jun 1974) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Play for Today.
« Previous Episode | 88 of 311 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Bett ...
7:84 Company - Sellar / Government Spokesman etc
David MacLennan ...
7:84 Company - Crofter etc
Dolina MacLennan ...
7:84 Company - Singer etc
Elizabeth MacLennan ...
7:84 Company - Lady Phosphate etc
Timothy Martin ...
7:84 Company - Queen Victoria etc
...
7:84 Company - Lord Vat / Singer etc
...
7:84 Company - McChuckemup / Texas Jim etc
Allan Ross ...
7:84 Company - Fiddle Music Man etc
John Byrne ...
7:84 Company - Pop-Up Book
John McGrath ...
7:84 Company - Writer / Director
Charles Kearney ...
Sellar
...
Loch
Stuart Mungall ...
Husband
Terri Cavers ...
Wife (as Terry Cavers)
Iain Glass ...
MacLeod (as Ian Glas)
Edit

Storyline

Drama documentary adaptation of John McGrath's play staged by the 7:84 theatre company dealing with the exploitation of the Scottish people throughout history, from the brutal evictions of the Highland crofters by landowners to make way for the more economically viable Cheviot sheep in the 18th century, the development of stag hunts in Highland game parks in the 19th century and finally the exploitation of resources during the oil boom of the 1970's. Written by ben-5678

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

6 June 1974 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The seminal work by John McGrath and 7:84 Theatre Company
10 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There has never been a more entertaining, gripping, or ultimately uplifting treatment of recent Scottish history.

This musical drama was designed to be toured by a small band of actor/musicians, and it was indeed toured all over the Highlands and Islands. The television production draws on some of these actual performance events, in telling the tale of how Scotland was exploited from pre-Victorian times to the present day.

Along the way we meet some great Scottish characters, and are introduced to a number of villains both ancient and modern, both local and foreign, who have seen it as their destiny to achieve 'progress' for Scotland (and simultaneously to line their own pockets) while avoiding any engagement in the disastrous effects which their actions and policies have had on the people and on the land.

Some of the eye-witness accounts that we hear, are harrowing in the extreme. It is hard indeed to remain detached while hearing of women and children - the men-folk having been shipped overseas to fight Britain's wars - being driven off their crofts with such violence that some had their skulls smashed open.

The other side of the coin, though, is the delightful crop of humorous songs, including my favourite, "We Are The Men Who Own Your Glen".

John McGrath has produced other great plays, and both the Scottish and English 7:84 Theatre Companies have often performed with greatness. But this remains the best of their oevre, in my eyes.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where to find copies of Play for today films eatfoeslikepacman
Brian Glover - Play for Today leighton_haywood
Alma Mater marty-124
Abigail's Party documentary BBC4 tonyhu
Help with the title of the one with the schoolboys please!! pinkywafer
Leeds United (1974) jakemoore2492

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?