Marking 25 years since the demolition of Grimethorpe Colliery and 30 years since the rise of UK rave culture, WASTELAND, Gary Clarke’s sequel to COAL, looks at how two generations coped in this era of radical upheaval. As one grinds 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 exceptional dancers, community male singers, brass musicians, archive footage, powerful rave soundscore and artwork by Jimmy Cauty of The KLF, WASTELAND dives head first into a gritty story of loss, hope, escapism and survival.
“Its stunning combination of movement, music and imagery makes for an unforgettable work of angry, emotional, celebratory, political dance" ★★★★★ The Herald on Sunday (Glasgow)
“Blisteringly fierce” ★★★★ The Herald (Glasgow)
“A poignant and thrilling portrait of the British rave scene” ★★★★ The Skinny
"A raw, powerful account of mining communities ripped apart by the destruction of their industry, and how the younger generation moved on" Sheffield Star
"Outstanding" ★★★★ The Times on COAL
"Visceral" ★★★★ The Stage on COAL
"Profound" ★★★★★ The Big Issue on COAL
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Age Recommendation: 14+
Duration: 85 mins (no interval)
Please Note: This performance contains some strong language, flashing & strobe lighting, loud music and smoke effects.
THU 3 OCT: In Conversation with Gary Clarke
This is a unique opportunity to gain a detailed insight into the making of WASTELAND with Artistic Director Gary Clarke.
Tickets: £5 or £2.50 if bought with a ticket to the show (Includes complimentary drink)
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FRI 4, SAT 5 & WED 9 OCT: Lates (Free)
Stay after the shows to feel the 'plur' (peace, love, unity, respect) at our free after-parties with a live DJ who'll be playing banging tunes that are sure to get you doing the shuffle!
WED 9 OCT: Free post-show talk in The Place Theatre
Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists.
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Artistic Director: Gary Clarke
Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Costume and Set Design: Ryan Dawson Laight
Lighting & Video Design, Rave Soundtrack: Charles Webber
Musical Director: Steven Roberts
Soundscape Design: Daniel Thomas
Script & text: Lewey Hellewell
WASTELAND is co-commissioned by: Nottingham Playhouse, Tramway, Cast, Dance4, The Place, DanceXchange, Gulbenkian/Art31, Contact Theatre, Grand Theatre Blackpool, Civic Barnsley, Yorkshire Dance, with additional support from Lawrence Batley Theatre, Northern Ballet, NSCD, Leeds Dance Partnership, John Kingsley Salon, Stirling Pit Women and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
Duration: 85 mins
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Autumn Season 2019