Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company, Dance4 and Gary Clarke Company present


Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 May 2016 at 8pm

Theatre - Tickets: £10 - £13

Age Guidance: 12+ - Duration: Approx 80 minutes (no interval)


“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.

“Visceral piece of physical theatre recalling the shattering impact of the pit closures in the 1980s”
★★★★ The Stage

“COAL is a gritty, gusty, visceral re-enaction of toil that is part of living memory”

This event is part of neat16.

An extra £1 charge will be added to your order if you would like your tickets posted to you.

Dates & Times

Coal - Mon 23 May 8:00pm Mon 23 May Theatre 8:00pm £10 - £13
Coal - Tue 24 May 8:00pm Tue 24 May Theatre 8:00pm £10 - £13


“COAL is a gritty, gusty, visceral re-enaction of toil that is part of living memory”
Metro (Coal Pilot)

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

Praise for Gary Clarke Dance Company…

“The choreography has bite and depth and the dancing crackles with class and conviction” ★★★★★
The Herald


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