In the 90’s illegal rave scene, derelict warehouses and abandoned work spaces become home for a new-found community of music and dance.

Gary Clarke Company

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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 90’s 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 male singers, brass musicians, archive film footage, a powerful rave soundscore and unique artwork by Jimmy Cauty (co-founder of The KLF), WASTELAND dives head first into a gritty story of loss, hope, escapism and survival.

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Its stunning combination of movement, music and imagery makes for an unforgettable work of angry, emotional, celebratory, political dance

★★★★ The Herald On Sunday

Immense and Memorable.

★★★★ Scottish Stage

The production firmly roots the upsurge of euphoria in its socio-political and historical context.

★★★ The Skinny

Reviews for COAL

“Profound and highly relevant”

★★★★ The Big Issue


★★★★ The Times

“Visceral piece of physical theatre”

★★★★ The Stage

Call out For Pit Men Singers

• Are you aged 40+?
• Do you have a passion for singing or are you part of a singing group?
• Are you interested in performing on stage as part of a professional theatre production?

Gary Clarke Company are looking for 4 local men aged 40+ who have a passion for singing or are currently members of community choirs or singing groups to play the role of ex-coal miners).

No professional experience is necessary; however you should have experience of learning songs from memory and singing in unison. 

Interested? Download the full information pack here


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available outside Stage 3. To discuss any access needs, please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.