Call out for Women

The drama, the tragedy and the unbreakable spirit of a working class community fighting for its future comes to the stage as Gary Clarke Company continues on a major 2017 national tour with COAL!

There’s a unique opportunity for four women to make their own contribution to the story as they join dancers and musicians in a remarkable live theatre tribute to the people of the coalfields.

Gary Clarke Company’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.

It is created by internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Gary Clarke, who has vivid memories and personal experience of growing up in the Dearne Valley pit village of Grimethorpe, where he continues to live today.

Gary is looking for four women aged 30 plus (no upper limit) with no professional performance experience in dance or theatre to join him, his seven dancers and a live brass quintet on stage as COAL tours the UK (4 local women recruited for each tour venue). The four women will feature in a small section of the show and play members of the women’s union ‘Women against Pit Closures’ established in 1984.

The four women, who will receive a food and travel allowance to cover rehearsals, will perform alongside and be supported by acclaimed dance artist TC Howard.

No stage or dance experience is preferred. The role will involve some physical work.

Gary Clarke and TC Howard will work with everyone’s individual needs and abilities.

Kelly Leighton is a cleaner from the mining village of Kellingley who was one of the team of volunteers taking part in a special preview at Cast in Doncaster last year. She says:

“It was exciting, exhilarating, and 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!”

Anybody interested in finding out more about the production and the involvement needed should apply to attend a Taster. Tasters provide an opportunity to meet Gary Clarke and TC Howard, find out more about the production, ask questions and try out some ideas for the show. Following this session, four women will be selected to take part in the show. Ticket deals to see the show will be made available to all women who have attended the Taster.

For any enquiries or to register interest in a Taster e-mail or call:
Laura Barber
COAL Engagement Manager
Mobile: 07391 621966
Email: engagementcoal@gmail.com

Dates, Times & Commitments

EDINBURGH

TRAVERSE THEATRE

Performances: Thu 14, Fri 15 & Sat 16 Sep, 7.30pm
Taster: Wed 30 Aug, 6.30pm-9pm at Traverse Two
Intensive weekend
Sat 9 & Sun 10 Sep 10am-4pm at Traverse Two
Venue rehearsals and performances
Wed 13 Sep 5.30pm-9pm fittings and rehearsals
Thu 14 Sep 10.30am-post show, rehearsals/tech/dress run and show 7.30pm / post show talk
Fri 15 Sep 5.30pm-post show, show 7.30pm
Sat 16 Sep 5.30pm-post show, show 7.30pm

GREENOCK

BEACON ARTS CENTRE

Performance: Thu 21 Sep, 7.30pm
Taster: Tue 29 Aug, 6.30pm-9pm at Beacon Arts Centre (Offered Room)
Intensive weekend
Sat 16 & Sun 17 Sep 10am-4pm at Beacon Arts Centre (Gallery Space)
Venue rehearsals and performances
Wed 20 Sep 5.30pm-9pm fittings and rehearsals
Thu 21 Sep 10.30am-post show, rehearsals/tech/dress run and show 7.30pm / post show talk

STIRLING

MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE

Performance: Thu 28, Fri 29 & Sat 30 Sep, 7.30pm
Taster: Thu 7 Sep, 6.30pm-9pm at Macrobert Arts Centre (The Workhouse)
Intensive weekend
Sat 23 & Sun 24 Sep 10am-4pm at Macrobert Arts Centre (The Workhouse)
Venue rehearsals and performances
Wed 27 Sep 5.30pm-9pm fittings and rehearsals
Thu 28 Sep 10.30am-post show, rehearsals/tech/dress run and show 7.30pm / post show talk
Fri 29 Sep 5.30pm-post show, show 7.30pm
Sat 30 Sep 5.30pm-post show, show 7.30pm