CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers).
Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April and May is actually postponed or cancelled. Pantomimes are possible but a few venues and shows may not return and larger venues and tours are unlikely to re-appear before 2021 though we have some hope for some panto ....
In the 25th Anniversary Year of the Great Minersâ Strike, most of the cast of David Thackerâs 1985 production come back together to revive this pioneering piece of verbatim theatre. What the critics said in 1985: "Using the starkly revealing words of the actual participants, Ron Roseâs account of the recent conflict in the coalfields is a powerful piece of documentary theatre. Itâs a shocking experience. This howl of outrage may have lit a fire, even in somnambulant England hard to put out. The Company are wonderful." CITY LIMITS "Its verbatim accounts, assembled from countless interviews with striking miners and their families, speak of an open wound which no one has troubled to heal. It is a recurring theme of injustice coupled with victimisation. A packed audience received it all with rapt acclaim." THE DAILY MAIL "There are chilling scenes of faces bloodied, accounts of heads cracked open and impressions of an almost universally unsympathetic outside world of housewives, doctors and television producers. The acting is reverberatively fine." THE GUARDIAN "I see a great future for this play touring cities like Moscow, Sofia and Prague where they will welcome the news that the British Police State is even more brutal than their own." LONDON STANDARD Performers Margot Leicester, Barbara Marten, Howard Crossley, David MacCreedy, Barbara Peirson, Martin Riley, Stephen Tiller, Dyfed Thomas, Annie Tyson. AuthorRon Rose.ProducerOctagon Theatre Bolton.ProducerAzure Theatre Productions.DirectorDavid Thacker.