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John Peter McGrath, (1 June 1935 – 22 January 2002), was a Liverpudlian-Irish playwright and theatre theorist who grew up in Wales and notably took up the cause of Scottish independence in his plays. His life partner was the Scottish actress Elizabeth MacLennan.

He was known both for his work with the 84 Theatre Company as a playwright and for his theoretical formulation of the principles of a radical, popular theatre. His best-known play is The Cheviot, the Stag, and the Black Black Oil (1973). The play utilizes some of the dramaturgical and theatrical techniques of epic theatre - actors take on multiple roles and frequently slip out of character, for example - in ways that many students of theatre would associate with the praxis of the modernist theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht, but which McGrath is keen to stress have a genealogy that stretches far further back through the history of popular traditions of performance. The title of the play refers to three pivotal periods in the history of class struggle in Scotland: the clearing of the Scottish highlands to make way for grazing land, the subsequent use of this land by the wealthy for shooting, and its current exploitation in the oil market. These changes are identified as forming a recurrent pattern of abuse of the land and the exploitation of the people by outsiders and by wealthier locals.

He adapted the satirical morality play A Satire of the Three Estates (1540) by David Lyndsay as a contemporary morality A Satire of the Four Estaites, which was presented by Wildcat Theatre Company at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival in 1996. This production opened on 16 August 1996 and starred Sylvester McCoy.

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Total Books: 55
The Cheviot the Stag and the Black Black Oil
2015 - The Cheviot the Stag and the Black Black Oil [Student Editions] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781472531094
ISBN-10: 1472531094
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Modernization of the Western World A Society Transformed
2012 - The Modernization of the Western World a Society Transformed (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780765639486
ISBN-10: 0765639483
Genre: History
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Wanat Combat Action in Afghanistan 2008
2010 - Wanat Combat Action in Afghanistan 2008 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781470102043
ISBN-10: 1470102048
Genre: History
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Yobbo Nowt
2009 - Yobbo Nowt (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781906220297
ISBN-10: 1906220298
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Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun
2009 - Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781906220303
ISBN-10: 1906220301
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Four Short Plays
2009 - Four Short Plays (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781906220310
ISBN-10: 190622031X
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Christian Religion Is An Oxymoron God Sent His Son Into The World To Save You Not Start A New Religion
The Game's a Bogey
2008 - The Game's a Bogey (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781906220181
ISBN-10: 1906220182
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Little Red Hen
2008 - Little Red Hen (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781906220198
ISBN-10: 1906220190
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Swings and Roundabouts
2008 - Swings and Roundabouts (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781906220204
ISBN-10: 1906220204
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Nightclass
2008 - Nightclass (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781906220211
ISBN-10: 1906220212
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The Road to Mandalay
2008 - The Road to Mandalay (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781906220228
ISBN-10: 1906220220
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Blue-sky Day Poems Songs and Stories by John McGrath
2007 - Blue-sky Day Poems Songs and Stories By John Mcgrath (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780955529115
ISBN-10: 0955529115
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The Ultimate Guide to Real Estate
2005 - The Ultimate Guide to Real Estate (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780732280864
ISBN-10: 0732280869
Genre: Business & Money
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You Can Attract Amazing Success into Your Life and Business
2004 - You Can Attract Amazing Success Into Your Life and Business (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780732280635
ISBN-10: 073228063X
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting
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Swords for Officers of the Royal Navy
2004 - Swords for Officers of the Royal Navy (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780954230739
ISBN-10: 0954230736
Genre: History
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Loving Big Brother Performance Privacy and Surveillance Space
You Inc
2003 - You Inc (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780732276362
ISBN-10: 0732276365
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The Most Valuable Lessons I Have Learned Over 100 Success Concepts to Change Your Life
Naked Thoughts That Roam About
2002 - Naked Thoughts That Roam About [Nick Hern Books] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781854592392
ISBN-10: 1854592394
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Hyperlynx
2002 - Hyperlynx [Oberon Modern Plays] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781840023381
ISBN-10: 1840023384
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Good Night Out [Modern Plays] (Hardcover)Paperback
Bakke's Night of Fame a Play [A Davis-Poynter playscript] (Paperback)
John Mcgrath - Plays for England [University of Exeter Press - Exeter Performance Studies] (Paperback)