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 embarks on a major 2017 national tour with COAL!

And 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, 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
Engagement Manager
Mobile: 07391 621966
Email: engagementcoal@gmail.com

Dates, Times & Commitments

LIVERPOOL

Shows
MAKE LIVERPOOL – LEAP FESTIVAL, Wed 1 & Thu 2 Mar, 7.30pm
Taster
Wed 8 Feb, 7.30pm-10.00pm at MDI, Hope St Liverpool
Intensive weekend
Sat 25 & Sun 26 Feb 10.00am-4.00pm at Higher Space Studio, close to Make Liverpool
Venue rehearsals and performance
Tue 28 Feb – 10.30am* – 6.00pm fittings, rehearsals and tech
Wed 1 Mar – 1.30pm till post show – rehearsals/ dress run and show 7.30pm / PST
Thu 2 March- Needed from 5.30pm till post show – show 7.30pm
*Fittings and rehearsals 28 Feb (10.30 meet at Venue then walk over to studio 11am – 1pm) Higher Space Studio, close to Make Liverpool

BLACKPOOL

Show
GRAND THEATRE BLACKPOOL, Wed 29 Mar, 7.30pm
Taster
Fri 3 Mar, 6.30pm-9.00pm at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks Blackpool
Intensive weekend
Sat 25 & Sun 26 Mar 10.00am-4.00pm at Grand Theatre (Studio) Blackpool
Venue rehearsals and performances
Tue 28 Mar – 10.30am – 6.00pm fittings, rehearsals and tech
Wed 29 Mar 1.30pm till post show – rehearsals/ dress run and show 7.30pm / PST

LEICESTER

Show
CURVE THEATRE, LEICESTER, Sat 15 Apr, 7.30pm
Taster
Mon 20 Mar, 6.30pm-9.00pm at Curve Theatre (Rehearsal room 2)
Intensive weekend
Sat 8 & Sun 9 Apr 10.00am-4.00pm at Curve Theatre (Rehearsal room 1)
Venue rehearsals and performances
Fri 14 Apr – 6.00pm – 9.00pm fittings, rehearsals  (Rehearsal Room 2 tbc)
Sat 15 Apr needed from 10.30am rehearsal, tech dress run and show 7.30pm / PST

DERBY

Show
DERBY THEATRE, DERBY, Tue 9 May & Wed 10 May, 8pm
Taster
Fri 7 Apr, 6.30pm – 9pm at Déda (Studio 2)
Intensive weekend
Sat 6 & Sun 7 May 10.00am-4.00pm at Derby Theatre (Rehearsal room)
Venue rehearsals and performances
Mon 8 May – 6.00pm – 9.00pm fittings, rehearsals at Derby Theatre  (Rehearsal Room)
Tue 9 May needed from 10.30am rehearsal, tech dress run and show 8pm / PST
Wed 10 May – needed from 5.30pm until post show. Show at 8pm.

POOLE

Show
LIGHTHOUSE THEATRE, POOLE, Wed 31 May, 7.45pm
Taster
Thu 11 May, 6.30pm-9.00pm at Lighthouse Theatre (Function Room 2)
Intensive weekend
Sat 27 & Sun 28 May 10.00am-4.00pm at Lighthouse Theatre (Function room 2)
Venue rehearsals and performances
Tue 30 May – 10.30am – 6.00pm fittings, rehearsals and tech at Lighthouse Theatre
Wed 31 May needed from 1.30pm until post show for rehearsal, tech dress run and show 7.45pm / PST

NOTTINGHAM

Show
NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE, NOTTINGHAM, Mon 19 Jun & Tue 20 Jun, 8pm
Taster
Wed 24 May, 6.30pm-9.00pm at Nottingham Playhouse (Neville Studios)
Intensive weekend
Sat 10 & Sun 11 Jun 10.00am-4.00pm at Nottingham Playhouse (Neville Studios)
Venue rehearsals and performances
Sun 18 Jun – 6.00pm – 9.00pm fittings and rehearsals at Nottingham Playhouse (Neville Studios)
Mon 19 Jun – needed from 10.30am until post show for rehearsal, tech dress run and show 8.00pm / PST
Tue 20 Jun – needed from 5.30pm until post show. Show at 8.00pm