McGrath, John. (1935 - 2002).
W o r k
- a playwright of Irish origin, grew up in Wales, and fought for the Scottish independence in his plays
- founded the touring left-wing 7:84 Theatre Company (7% of population own 84% of wealth)
- uses the techniques of epic theatre: lets actors slip out of roles, makes them take on multiple roles, etc.
The Cheviot, the Stag, and the Black, Black Oil (1973):
- the title refers to the three pivotal stages of the history of class struggle in Scotland
- shows the clearing of the Highlands to make way for the grazing land for Cheviot sheep, the devastation of the country by the wealthy for shooting, and its exploitation in the oil market
- presents these changes as a recurrent pattern of abuse of the country and people by outsiders and wealthier locals
"Yes, the tragedy of the Highlands has become a saleable commodity."
From The Cheviot, the Stag, and the Black, Black Oil (1973).
(Photo: 7 84 Theatre com).
AuthorJohn Peter McGrath. (1935 - 2002). British.
WorkPlaywright. Founder of the 7:84 Theatre Company.
GenrePolitical and social play.