John McGrath

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Preview: The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil

1 Sep 2016

More than forty years after it was first performed, this radical play remains just as relevant in today's political climate

It's only been a year since director Joe Douglas was given the chance to stage his brand new version of the classic Scottish play of the 1970s, The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, and if anything, he sees the political landscape shifting to…

The best theatre to see in Scotland this autumn

8 Sep 2015

From Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Playhouse to Britain's Got Bhangra at the King's Theatre

Alongside the Lyceum's anniversary year, the autumn seasons in both Glasgow and Edinburgh – not to mention Dundee – reveal the wide range of theatre that exists beyond the Fringe. From lavish musical adaptations to experimental live art – via the…

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014: A guide to the work of John McGrath

10 Jun 2014

The timely, Independence-themed work of the political playwright is given a festival retrospective

John McGrath was one of Britain’s most prolific writers, directors and producers. Born in 1935, he was a passionate socialist theatremaker. He’s particularly noted for setting up theatre company 7:84 in 1971, which became known around Scotland and…

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014: Five of the best thrillers

10 Jun 2014

Intruders, The Cat, Billion Dollar Brain, A Most Wanted Man and The Fat and the Angry among pics

The Fat and the Angry (Ettor och Nollor) By now we are all aware that if a series is described as ‘Scandinavian crime’, it will inevitably be accompanied by the word ‘gritty’. This is no Midsomer Murders. After a horrible explosion in an industrial…

Panel Event discusses The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black Black Oil

19 Jan 2010

We’re really looking forward to this one, folks, we won’t lie to you. Tying in with the National Library of Scotland’s utterly great exhibition Curtain Up: 40 Years of Scottish Theatre (exhibits from which are modelled by the equally great John Byrne…

The Silver Darlings preview

1 Sep 2009

As the Year of Homecoming enters its final stretch, it seems a more appropriate time than ever to celebrate the achievements of Neil M Gunn’s epic Highland novel, The Silver Darlings. A new stage adaptation by playwright Peter Arnott and director Kenny…

Tutti Frutti - feature

12 Sep 2006

Cult fiction

Steve Cramer talks to John Byrne about history, our relationship with the past and his new stage adaptation of his cult television hit, Tutti Frutti.