30th January 2020

Pit Men

Macrobert Arts Centre and Gary Clarke Company (GCC) are on the lookout for 4 non-professional singers aged 40 and over to play 4 Pit Men in Wasteland when GCC makes a welcome return to Stirling on 18 and 19 March. This is a unique opportunity for local performers to make their contribution to this acclaimed production, the sequel to the hugely successful Coal.

Anyone interested in getting involved should be aged over 40 and have experience of singing in a group setting or community choir to play the role of ex-coal miners. No professional experience is necessary but applicants should have experience of learning songs from memory and singing in unison.The role will also involve some moving on and around the stage and interacting with other members of the company.

PERFORMANCES: Thu 19 & Fri 20 Mar, 7.30pm
PIT MEN SINGERS INTENSIVE: Sat 14 Mar, 12noon to 6pm I Tue 17 Mar, 5.30pm to 10pm
REHEARSALS & PERFORMANCES: Thu 19 Mar, 10am to end of show (show 7.30pm & post show chat)
Fri 20 Mar, 5.30pm to end of show (show 7.30pm)

Singers will be supported throughout the process by acclaimed Musical Director Steven Roberts, Assistant Musical Director Charlie Rhodes, Choreographer and Artistic Director Gary Clarke and Company Associate Alistair Goldsmith, working with everyone’s individual needs and abilities.

Music and tracks will be provided four weeks in advance of the choir intensive rehearsals, where participants will work directly with the company to learn the show. Each participant will also receive a food and travel allowance to help cover the cost of rehearsals and performances

Neil Abdy, who grew up in the mining community of South Yorkshire and whose father was a miner, was one of the team of volunteers who took part in a special preview at CAST in Doncaster in 2018.

He says: Being given the opportunity to be part of this excellent work was unbelievable. Everyone made us feel special and the friendship and camaraderie was excellent. I have a new spring in my step. If you have the opportunity to take part, definitely give it a go. Its one of the best experiences you will ever have working with this wonderful team!

In 1994, hundreds of coal miners hung up their pit boots as coal mines all over the country were destroyed along with the tight knit working class communities that surrounded them. This thrilling yet deeply touching new production from acclaimed British choreographer Gary Clarke takes a close look at how 2 different generations coped in an era of radical upheaval.Gary Clarke Company are making a welcome

Anyone interested in taking up this opportunity should get in touch with the team at Gary Clarke Company. 


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