Presented by Gary Clarke Company

WASTELAND, Gary Clarke’s new dance theatre sequel to COAL, about the collapse of the mining community, continues the story, following the next generation head first into a gritty story of loss, hope, tragedy and survival based in the illegal rave scene of the 1990s.

In 1994 hundreds of coal miners hung up their pit boots as Grimethorpe Colliery was destroyed, along with the tight-knit working-class community that surrounded it. Created to mark the 25th anniversary since the demolition and 30 years since the rise of UK rave culture, WASTELAND is the highly anticipated new dance theatre show from acclaimed British choreographer Gary Clarke and the sequel to his multi award winning production COAL.

This thrilling yet deeply touching production takes a close look at how two generations coped in this era of radical upheaval. A fractured relationship between a father and son is at the heart of the story, and as we see one generation grind exhaustedly to a halt, we follow the next into the 90s illegal rave scene, where derelict warehouses and abandoned work spaces became home for a new-found community of music and dance.

Bringing together Clarke’s vivid physical dance language performed by a company of exceptional dancers, a community cast of male singers, brass musicians, archive film footage, a powerful rave soundscore and unique art work by Jimmy Cauty (co-founder of The KLF), WASTELAND dives head first into a gritty story of loss, hope, escapism and survival.

ShowTalk: Post-show discussion after Thursday show – chaired by Freya Vass-Rhee, School of Arts, University of Kent

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The Gulbenkian reviews

“A raw, powerful account of mining communities ripped apart by the destruction of their industry, and how the younger generati”

Sheffield Star

“An extraordinary show with excellent performances and clever staging, mixing in video and voiceover to help set the scene”

Sheffield Star
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“An absorbing, immediate slice of history rendered with the kind of emotional truth that deepens its impact as popular ”

The Times (on COAL)
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“Visceral piece of physical theatre”

The Stage (on COAL)
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“Profound and highly relevant”

The Big Issue (on COAL)
Wasteland

Thu 17 - Fri 18 October 2019

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