Mary Brennan, The Herald
“A poignant and thrilling portrait of the British rave scene”
Eliza Gearty, The Skinny
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.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+
THIS SHOW CONTAINS SOME SRONG LANGUAGE, STROBE LIGHTING, LOUD MUSIC, HAZE AND SMOKE EFFECTS.
SHOW LENGTH: 85 MINUTES (NO INTERVAL)