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7:84 (England) Theatre Company



The 7:84 (England) Theatre Company was founded in 1971 by John McGrath, a successful stage and television writer, with the aim of attracting people to the theatre who would not normally consider going. It began by putting on performances in smaller venues in Scotland, seeking to address political issues in a revolutionary way. McGrath went on to write plays for the company that dealt with the major contemporary issues of the day. The English branch of the company folded in 1984, after losing its grant from the Art Council. The Scottish company continued, although McGrath left in 1988, following disagreements with the Scottish Arts Council.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:


7:84 (England) Theatre Company: Records and Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS SEVEN84
Scope and Contents The papers include unpublished playscripts by John McGrath, Ewan MacColl, Steve Gooch, Adrian Mitchell and others. There are numerous production files, records relating to McGrath's early career, correspondence with other theatre and television companies, scrapbooks and miscellaneous correspondence, together with articles and interviews regarding the Company, and J.P. Simond, 'Ethique et Esthetique dans le Theatre de John McGrath', a 1994 Metz PhD thesis (2 volumes). The collection also...
Dates: 1966-1985
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Mark Brown: Musical scores for productions of the 7:84 Theatre Company

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10430
Scope and Contents

Comprises scores for: (/1) 'The Fish in the Sea'; (/2) 'Yobbo Nowt' (photocopy); (/3) 'Lay-Off'; and (/4) 'Bitter Apples' (photocopy, with a covering note by Brown).

Dates: 1975-1979

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