Dates and times
In 1994 Grimethorpe Colliery was destroyed, along with the tight-knit working-class community surrounded it. Wasteland, Gary Clarke’s highly anticipated sequel to the multi award winning COAL, dives head first into a gritty story of loss, hope, tragedy and survival following the next generation in their quest for purpose and escapism in the 1990s illegal rave scene, where derelict warehouses became home for a new community of music and dance.
Bringing together 6 professional dancers, 4 male singers from Glasgow community choirs, 2 brass musicians, projections, and a commissioned rave sound score this thrilling yet deeply touching production takes a close look at how 2 generations coped in an era of radical upheaval.
Recommended for ages 14+
Contains some flashing lights, loud music and smoke effects
Wasteland is primarily a dance theatre work, with minimal spoken word, making this show accessible to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. However, transcripts of all spoken word, including song lyrics, are available on request. Please contact our box office.
Sub-pacs will also be available on both dates.
For those who are sensitive to loud music, we can offer ear plugs.
POST-SHOW TALK, Friday 14 June
Audiences at Friday's performance are invited to join a free post-show talk from 9 - 9.30pm, when Gary Clarke will be in conversation with Jess Thorpe, co-artistic director of two award-winning theatre companies - Glas(s) Performance and Junction 25 - and who also has an impressive track record of putting real stories on stage.
Workshop, 12 June
Ahead of these performances, we are partnering with Tramway residents The Work Room to host a workshop with Gary Clarke Company exploring community engagement in performance.
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Wasteland is co-commissioned by: Nottingham Playhouse, Tramway, Cast, Dance4, The Place, DanceXchange, Gulbenkian, Contact Theatre, Grand Theatre Blackpool, Civic Barnsley, Yorkshire Dance, with additional support from Lawrence Batley Theatre, Northern Ballet, Leeds Dance Partnership, Stirling Pit Women and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
Photography - Joe Armitage