CoalAt the Nottingham Playhouse on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th May, at 8:00pm, COAL by Gary Clarke Company tells the true story of an industry and a community’s fight for survival.

Featuring members of Thoresby Colliery Band

Main House – Tickets: £10 – £13 + optional £1 postage fee
Age Guidance: 12+ – Duration: Approx 80 minutes (no interval)

For more information phone Nottingham Playhouse 0115 941 9419 or go to the website at

“All of us owe the comparative decency to poor drudges underground, blackened to the eyes with their throats full of coal dust, driving their shovels forward with arms and belly muscles of steel” George Orwell (1934)

Marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/5 British miners’ strike, award winning choreographer Gary Clarke proudly presents COAL, a riveting dance theatre show which takes an nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal face.

Strong, powerful and emotive, COAL explores the darker underbelly of the mining industry unearthing the true nature and body wrecking demands of a working class industry now almost forgotten.

Bringing together Clarke’s striking physical language performed by a company of 7 high class dancers, a local community cast of women and a live colliery brass band, COAL is an emotional, moving and ever-relevant exploration of community, solidarity and survival.

“One of the most powerful, moving pieces of theatre I’ve ever seen on the miners strike”.
Ex miner (preview July 2015)

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