Two fantastic opportunities to be involved in COAL coming to Dance City, Newcastle, Fri 29 April, 7.30pm & Sat 30 April, 2.30pm & 8pm

Watch the trailer here.

Gary Clarke Company embarks on a major 2016 national tour COAL!

COAL is a new piece for dance theatre that marks the 30th Anniversary of the 1984/85 miner’s strike. With humour and grit in equal measure, COAL is an emotional, moving and relevant story of community, solidarity and survival. It is based on years of personal research by Gary Clarke, including interviews with Anne Scargill, former wife of NUM president Arthur Scargill, and Betty Cook, the founders of Women Against Pit Closures.

1) Call out for four female participants:

Gary Clarke company is looking for females over the age of 30+ to be a powerful role in the representation of women throughout the show and join dancers and musicians for a remarkable live theatre tribute to the people living in the coalfields.
Gary Clarke Company will work with everyone’s individual needs and abilities to explore a range of performance work, social dances, partner work and to make their own contribution to the story.

No dance on stage experience necessary, just a willingness to get involved!

How to get involved?
Come along for a free workshop on:
Friday 8 April -6.30-8.30pm studio 2, Dance City, Newcastle

You must be able to commit to:
Intensive weekend:

Saturday 23 (just women) and Sunday 24 April 10-4pm at Dance City, Newcastle

Venue rehearsals and performances:
Thursday 28 April- 10.30am – 9pm rehearsals, dress run 4pm
Friday 29 April -rehearsals-needed from 4.30pm, show 7.30pm
Saturday-30 April- needed from 11.30am with shows 2.30pm and 8pm

2) Workshops (ages 12+):
To support the tour coming to Dancecity, Newcastle.
Gary Clarke and members of the company will be delivering workshops to schools, colleges, universities and community settings across Nottinghamshire. Aimed at beginners or advanced level (we can work with anyone from aged 12+ to University level and beyond).
The themes and content of the workshops can be bespoke to the learning needs.

How to book:
If you are interested in booking a workshop, or the female participant role, please contact Vanessa Oxspring on 07970 807063 
or email