Unique Chance For Women Perform In COAL


The drama, the tragedy and the unbreakable spirit of a working class community fighting for its future comes to the stage as Gary Clarke Company embarks on a major 2016 national tour with COAL!

This is a unique opportunity for four women to make their own contribution to the story as they join dancers and musicians for a remarkable live theatre tribute to the people living in the coalfields.

COAL is a riveting dance theatre show that takes a nostalgic but honest look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal face, the back breaking physical graft and the impact it makes on body and soul, both underground and on the surface.

Created by internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Gary Clarke who has vivid memories and personal experience of growing up in the Dearne Valley pit village of Grimethorpe, where he continues to live today.

Gary is looking for four women aged 30 plus (no upper limit) with no professional experience in dance to join him, his seven dancers and a live brass quintet on stage as COAL tours the UK (4 local women recruited for each tour venue). The four women will feature in a small section of the show and play members of the women’s union ‘Women against Pit Closures’ established in 1984.

The four women, who will receive a food and travel allowance to cover rehearsals, will perform alongside and be supported by acclaimed dance artist TC Howard. No stage or dance experience is necessary, although the role will involve some physical work. Gary Clarke and TC Howard will work with everyone’s individual needs and abilities.

Anybody interested in finding out more about the production and the involvement needed should apply to attend an open taster on Friday 3 March 6.30pm – 9pm at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks, Blackpool.

Tasters provide an opportunity to meet Gary Clarke & TC Howard, find out more about the production, ask questions and try out some ideas from the show. Following this taster session, four women will be selected to take part in the show. Ticket deals to see the show will be made available to all women who have attended the taster.

This is followed by an intensive weekend on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 March 10-4pm at The Grand Theatre. Venue rehearsals and performances are on Tuesday 28 March 11am-6pm for fittings, rehearsals and technical run. On Wednesday 29 March you will be needed from 1.30pm for a dress rehearsal. The performance will be at 7.30pm followed by a post show talk .

For any enquiries or to register interest in attending a taster e-mail or call: Laura Barber, Engagement Manager, on 07391 621966 or [email protected]

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