(Mark Fisher’s article appeared in the Guardian, 9/14.)
Told as a Brechtian ceilidh with song, poetry, scenes and sketches, John McGrath’s landmark play is an epic account of the exploitation of the Scottish people. It stretches from the Highland clearances of the 18thcentury to the North Sea oil boom that was in full swing when the show premiered in 1973.
It could easily have seemed dated today, but it’s not at all. In the hands of director Joe Douglas, it is rousing, raucous, polemical, plangent, communal and fun; the theatrical equivalent of a gig by the Proclaimers.
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