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5.0 out of 5 stars A still photograph of a wide screen epic, 5 Dec 2000
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This review is from: The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil (Methuen Modern Plays) (Paperback)
Reading the words twenty years after seeing the play is like looking at a long forgotten photograph of a former love. Age has not withered this epic version of the history of the Scottish underclass. Exploited and evicted by the landowners and their clearances of the land for sheep in the 18th and 19th centuries, deer stalking in Victorian and Edwardian times and lastly the oil boom of the 1970's. They retained some of their culture on the coasts, the cities and the colonies and this play uses the ceilidh format and the long tradition of story telling to record the hidden history of the landless. This is not the history written by the winners but it is still great history and great theatre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Play - The Cheviot, the stag and the Black Oil., 9 Feb 2012
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Still an incredible piece of Scottish History, wonderfully written and still very accurate in today's Scotland. An important piece of Scottish writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It blazed a trail for modern theatre, 17 April 2014
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Ms. Fiona Allen "catlover" (edinburgh, uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil (Methuen Modern Plays) (Paperback)
Of course I have this already, in the "Six Pack" collection, but had to buy this for two reasons - the preface "The Year of the Cheviot" and the pictures. It's a considerable shame that, for the 9.99 cover price, Methuen didn't lash out and print it on higher-quality paper, since much of the resolution of the pictures is lost. BUT the play's the thing, in all its rage and passion. I've only ever seen the play on DVD; how I wish I had been able to see it on its first tour, in places where people had never seen live theatre. That must have been a breath-taking experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cheviot, The Stag etc., 4 Sep 2011
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A very good "story" of how the Highlands and Islands of Scotland were - and are still being - exploited and abused by ther capitalist society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book/Play, 17 Jun 2012
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If you are Scottish or are interested in Scottish based plays then you must read this. Even if you buy second hand it's almost up there with Burns as needed reading on scots history.
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