Winner of 2016 UK Theatre Awards Achievement in Dance - be part of something special!

Created to mark 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 a nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal face.

Performances: Tuesday 9 May - Wednesday 10 May 2017

Presented by Derby Theatre and Déda Derby

FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY - Call out for women to be part of Gary Clarke's COAL at Derby Theatre this May

A unique chance for four women to join the cast of Gary Clarke’s COAL.
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, 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 & TC Howard, find out more about the production, ask questions and try out some ideas from 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 attending a Taster e-mail or call:
Laura Barber, Engagement Manager
Mob: 07391 621966 Email

Performances: Tue 9 & Wed 10 May, 7.30pm

Taster: Fri 7 Apr, 7.30pm-10pm at Derby Theatre (Rehearsal Room)

Intensive weekend: Sat 6 & Sun 7 May 10am-4pm at Derby Theatre (Rehearsal Room)

Venue rehearsals and performances: Mon 8 May 6pm-9pm fittings and rehearsals at Derby Theatre (Rehearsal Room), Tue 9 May needed from 10.30am rehearsal, tech dress run and show 7.30pm / Post show talk, Wed 10 May needed from 5.30pm till post show, show 7.30pm



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