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 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. 

Age suitability 12+

Running time 80 minutes (no interval)


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Co-commissioned by DanceXchange; Cast; The Place; Dance City;
Dance4 with Nottingham Playhouse; The Civic Barnsley; Yorkshire Dance, with additional funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England, Individual Giving through kick-starter with support from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and The National Union of Mineworkers.
  • Tickets £13.50 to £19.50
  • Under 26s £12.50 (first 50 tickets, weekdays only; subject to availability)
  • School Groups £12.50
  • Groups 10+ £4 off
  • Groups 50+ £5 off
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    What the critics say

    4/5 Star Rating

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