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Touring socialist theatre companies established in 1971 (in England) and 1973 (Scotland) by the writer, director, and cultural activist John McGrath and his actor wife Elizabeth McLennan. ...

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Stephen Lacey

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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... Touring socialist theatre companies established in 1971 (in England) and 1973 (Scotland) by the writer, director, and cultural activist John McGrath and his actor wife Elizabeth McLennan . The companies, which performed predominantly to working-class audiences outside established theatres, took their name from a statistic published in The Economist —that 7 per cent of the population owned 84 per cent of the wealth. Productions include (for 7:84 England) McGrath's Trees in the Wind ( 1971 ) and Six Men of Dorset ( 1984 ), and (for 7:84...

7:84

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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... A socialist touring theatre company founded by director and playwright John McGrath in 1971 ; 7:84 (Scotland) was launched two years later with a core of talented performers including John Bett , Elizabeth MacLennan , Alex Norton and Bill Paterson . The name derived from the statistic that 7 per cent of the population of Britain owned 84 per cent of its wealth. Despite many successes by the English company, notably Fish in the Sea and Yobbo Nowt (both 1975 ), the Scottish company is the more celebrated, with its Highland tours initiated by...

7:84

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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... . A radical touring theatre company founded in 1971 by the left-wing British playwright John McGrath ( 1935–2002 ). The name reflects the statistic published in The Economist in 1966 , that 7 per cent of the population of the UK owned 84 per cent of the wealth. In 1973 it split into Scottish and English...

7:84

7:84  

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Touring socialist theatre companies established in 1971 (in England) and 1973 (Scotland) by the writer, director, and cultural activist John McGrath and his actor wife Elizabeth McLennan. The ...
Sharman MacDonald

Sharman MacDonald  

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(1951– )Playwright, born in Glasgow and educated at Edinburgh University. She worked briefly for John McGrath's 7:84 Company, before producing the play for which she is best known, When I ...
Mefitis

Mefitis  

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Italic goddess, protectress of fields and flocks and provider of water, associated with sulphurous vapours (Virgil Aeneid 7. 84). Her sanctuaries were widespread in Italy, from Cremona in the north ...
Joe Corrie

Joe Corrie  

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(b. Slamannan, Scotland, 1894; d. Alloway, Scotland, 14 Nov. 1968)Playwright. He formed a company of miner–actors in Bowhill in Fife, for which he wrote plays. His most celebrated work ...
Bush Theatre

Bush Theatre  

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English fringe venue above a pub in Shepherd's Bush in the west of London, opened in 1972. Initially housing work by alternative companies like 7:84, it has since specialized in ...
Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, The

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

A: John McGrath Pf: 1973; Edinburgh Pb: 1973; rev. 1975, 1981 G: Pol. drama in 1 act; prose and songs S: The Highlands of Scotland, 1813–1970s C: 7m, 2f (playing approx. 36 roles)After a song telling ...
TORRO scale

TORRO scale  

A scale of tornado intensity, developed by the Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO) in the United Kingdom. Although similar in some respects to the Fujita scale, it is defined on the basis ...
Men Should Weep

Men Should Weep  

A: Ena Lamont Stewart Pf: 1947, Glasgow Pb: 1983 G: Drama in 3 acts; Glaswegian dialect S: Kitchen in Morrisons' home, east end of Glasgow, winter 1930s C: 4m, 9f, 2 children (1m, 1f)Because her ...
community theatre

community theatre  

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Form of play-making which involves a mainly non-theatrical community in the production of a script usually based on a subject of local interest. It first appeared in England in the ...
Events while Guarding the Bofors Gun

Events while Guarding the Bofors Gun  

A: John McGrath Pf: 1966, London Pb: 1966 G: Drama in 2 acts S: Gun-park in British Zone, Germany, 1954 C: 11mLance-Bombardier Terry Evans is at 18 ‘a nice boy, trying hard to be liked, but not ...
In Time o' Strife

In Time o' Strife  

A: Joe Corrie Pf: 1928, Scottish tour Pb: 1928 G: Drama in 3 acts; Scots dialect S: Kitchen of the Smiths' home, Carhill, Scotland, 1926 C: 5m, 5fJock Smith is a miner on strike with the rest of his ...
John McGrath

John McGrath  

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(1935–2002),British dramatist, born in Birkenhead, educated at Oxford University. His early plays, notably Events while Guarding the Bofors Gun (1966) and Bakke's Night of Fame (1968), about a ...
Virgil of Salzburg

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Maximilian Diesenberger

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity

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...of Salzburg Bishop of Salzburg (746/7–84). Irish abbot, who clashed with S. Boniface over questions of cosmology and rebaptism, but was granted Carantania as a mission field by successive popes. He began building a cathedral in Salzburg in 774. Maximilian Diesenberger LexMA 8 s.n . Fergil, 1711–12 ( F. Prinz ). H. Wolfram , Salzburg, Bayern, Österreich (1995),...

McGrath, John

McGrath, John (1 June 1935)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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...in 1968 as The Bofors Gun ) and wrote episodes for the realistic television series Z Cars as well as popular films before aiming at working-class audiences in Liverpool (e.g. Fish in the Sea , 1972 , for the Everyman ) and founding the socialist theatre companies 7:84 ( 1971 ) and 7:84 (Scotland) ( 1973 ). Most notable among his many plays is the innovative Ceilidh piece, The Cheviot , the Stag and the Black , Black Oil ( 1973 ). One of the major contributors to political theatre in the last three decades of the century, McGrath, in his book A...

McGrath, John

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Stephen Lacey

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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208 words

...further success in the theatre, with Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun ( 1965 ), and as a screenwriter with Billion Dollar Brain ( 1967 ). In the early 1970s with his wife Elizabeth McLennan he established 7:84 and 7:84 (Scotland), touring companies committed to performing socialist popular theatre to working-class audiences . 7:84 (Scotland)'s The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil ( 1973 ) became one of the most influential post-war political plays and was televised by the BBC in 1974 . McGrath reflected critically on his work,...

Stewart, Ena Lamont

Stewart, Ena Lamont (10 Feb. 1912)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...) Playwright . Her two most celebrated plays, Starched Aprons ( 1945 ), a naturalistic portrayal of hospital life, and Poor Men's Riches ( 1947 ), were written for Glasgow Unity Theatre . The latter was rewritten in 1976 and presented under the title Men Should Weep in 7:84 (Scotland)'s Clydebuilt season in 1982 , directed by Giles Havergal . The feminist revision of the earlier social realist drama produced one of the most vibrant texts of twentieth-century Scottish theatre. Jan...

Mefitis

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T. W. Potter

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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2012
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..., Italic goddess, protectress of fields and flocks and provider of water, associated with sulphurous vapours (Verg. Aen. 7. 84). Her sanctuaries were widespread in Italy, from Cremona in the north ( Tac. Hist. 3. 33) to the Esquiline in Rome ( Varro , Ling. 5. 49), and to Rossano di Vaglio (in Lucanian territory; see Lucania ) and Amsanctus (in the region of the Hirpini Samnites; see Samnium ) in the south. E. T. Salmon , The Making of Roman Italy (1982), passim . T. W....

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