Records of 7:84 (Scotland) Theatre Company, touring theatre company, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

Material relating to the 7:84 (Scotland) Theatre Company and its productions and John McGrath, 1971-1984. Includes:

  • Programmes, 1972-1984
  • Photographs of productions, 1973-1982
  • Scripts and typescripts, 1972-1974
  • Posters, 1976-1983

Administrative / Biographical History

John McGrath (b. 1935), playwright and director, founded the 7:84 Theatre Company in 1971  and toured in Scotland, England and Wales. The title of the company derived from a 1966 statistic that 7 percent of the population of Great Britain owned 84 percent of the wealth. The company split in two in 1973 to form 7:84 (England) and 7:84 (Scotland). The aims of the 7:84 were to present the realities of working class life and history to working class audiences. 7:84 (Scotland) toured throughout Scotland with its productions. McGrath wrote and directed many plays performed by the 7:84, including Blood Red Roses and The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil. In 1988 John McGrath resigned and was replaced by David Hayman and Gerard Kelly. In 1992 Iain Reekie was appointed as artistic director. The company became a private limited company, 7:84 Theatre Company (Scotland) Ltd, in 1997.

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Other Finding Aids

Item and series level paper based sheaf binder available at the Scottish Theatre Archive, Glasgow University Library Special Collections Department.

Item level descriptions are available via the online Scottish Theatre Archive catalogue at

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jo Peattie, Scottish Archive Network Project

Conversion from MS Access database, formatting and controlled access terms added by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, October 2002

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