Gary Clarke Company


Mon 11 May



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. Wasteland, Gary Clarke’s sequel to Coal, looks at how two generations coped in this era of radical upheaval. As we see one generation grind 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 singers, brass musicians, archive film footage, a powerful rave soundtrack 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.

Suitable for ages 14+. Please note that this production contains some strong language, strobe lighting, loud music and smoke effects.

Running Time: 85 mins (no interval)

After-show Discussion: Mon 11 May with Gary Clarke and members of the professional and community company, led by Mel Knott



£24 – £10

£15 Under 16s
£15 16 – 26yrs (with a FREE 16 – 26 Membership)
£4 off for Groups 10+
£5 off for Groups 20+
£15 Under 18s school group
15% off for Members


*Discounts are subject to terms and conditions, availability and are only valid on certain performances.

Credits & Acknowledgments




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, Leeds Dance Partnership, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Jon Kinsey Hairdressing, Stirling Pit Women and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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