“One of the most powerful, moving pieces of theatre I've ever seen"

Theatre audience member and ex-miner

Following a sold out performance in 2016, the Gary Clarke Company returns to Cast with COAL - their ONLY Northern tour date in 2018. 

Created to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/5 British miners’ strike, COAL is 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 stunning professional dancers, a local community cast of women and a live brass band, COAL is an emotional, moving and ever-relevant exploration of community, solidarity and survival.


Wednesday 14 February, 7.30pm


£17 (£15 under 26)

Schools tickets £10, teachers go free!


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"An absorbing, immediate slice of history rendered with the kind of emotional truth that deepens its impact as popular entertainment."

**** The Times

"Visceral piece of physical theatre recalling the shattering impact of the pit closures in the 1980s"

**** The Stage

“A profound and highly relevant contribution to remembering this painful, life changing period in our history.”

***** The Big Issue

“Unquestionably beautiful.”

British Theatre Guide

“Sense of startling authenticity that Clarke has managed to capture in Coal”

**** DanceTabs