Posted: Wed 12th Oct 2016

A Unique Chance For Four Women To Join The Cast Of Gary Clarke’s COAL

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2016

There is a unique opportunity for four women to make their own contribution to the story of COAL, which comes to Blackwood Miners’ Institute on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th November. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The production is looking for four women aged 30 and over, preferably with links to the mining industry, to join dancers and a live brass quintet on stage during the performances. The women will feature in a small section of the show and play members of the women’s union ‘Women Against Pit Closures’ which was established in 1984. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Those selected to take part in the production will receive a food and travel allowance to cover rehearsals, as well as two complimentary tickets to the show. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

No stage or dance experience is necessary, although the role will involve some physical work. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Kelly Leighton, from the mining village of Kellingley was one of the team of volunteers taking part in a special preview at Cast in Doncaster last year. She said: “It was exciting, exhilarating, emotional, rewarding…the team could not have been more welcoming and understanding and it really did feel we were in it together. The bond we developed with the professionals was beautiful. My involvement in COAL has changed my entire interpretation of theatre. I feel immensely proud. To anybody with the opportunity of taking part, I would say go for it!” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

George Clarke’s 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. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Those who are interested should apply to attend an open workshop at Blackwood Miners’ Institute on Thursday 3rd November from 6:30pm until 8:30pm. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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