Gary Clarke's sequel to his award-winning piece of dance theatre COAL, which explores what happens when the Grimethorpe Colliery was destroyed in 1994, alongside the community that grew up around it.

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Gary Clarke Company: WASTELAND

In 1994 Grimethorpe Colliery was destroyed, along with the tight-knit working-class community surrounded it. Wasteland, Gary Clarke’s highly anticipated sequel to the multi award winning COAL, dives head first into a gritty story of loss, hope, tragedy and survival following the next generation in their quest for purpose and escapism in the 1990s illegal rave scene, where derelict warehouses became home for a new community of music and dance. 

Bringing together 6 professional dancers, 4 male singers from Glasgow community choirs, 2 brass musicians, projections, and a commissioned rave sound score this thrilling yet deeply touching production takes a close look at how 2 generations coped in an era of radical upheaval. (Word count 111)

Recommended for ages 14+ Contains some flashing lights, loud music and smoke effects 

Co-commissioned by: Nottingham Playhouse, Tramway, Cast, Dance4, The Place, DanceXchange, Gulbenkian, Contact Theatre, Grand Theatre Blackpool, Civic Barnsley, Yorkshire Dance, with additional support from Lawrence Batley Theatre, Northern Ballet, Leeds Dance Partnership, Stirling Pit Women and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Photography - Joe Armitage 

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17 Jun 20193 stars

Choreographic exploration of the rise of rave and descent of dignity

Gary Clarke Company's Wasteland is the sequel to their examination of the British Miners' Strike during the 1980s, Coal, and shifts focus to the emergence of rave culture in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Seeing a connection between the battering of…

Wasteland 'celebrates the euphoric, defiant rave subculture that allowed a feeling of togetherness and hedonism to thrive'

12 Jun 2019

Gary Clarke's sequel to the award-winning COAL marks the 25th anniversary of the South Yorkshire colliery being torn down

In 1994, ten years after the miners' strike which led to the widespread closure of many British collieries, workers in the village of Grimethorpe gathered to watch their old pit being demolished. Wasteland marks the 25th anniversary of the South…

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